(South Asian Middle Eastern Asian
Pacific Islander Awareness Now!)
SAMEAPI Awareness Now! Timeline
Ongoing for the month of April
Take a stroll down Toyon Meadow and view this year’s SAMEAPI Awareness Now! time line honoring a collection of historic events in South Asian Middle Eastern Asian Pacific Islander history! This timeline is dedicated to the courageous men and women whose voices and actions brought change to South Asian, Middle Eastern, Asian Pacific Islander issues within a community and around the world. We honor those men and women who brought change so that we could prosper in a better world.
SAMEAPI Awareness Now! Kick Off
12:15 pm, Wednesday, April 1, 2015, Suzanne Adams Plaza
Come help celebrate the start of SAMEAPI Awareness Now! Month at the SAMEAPI Kick-off in Adams Plaza! Savor some delicious treats and listen to spoken word! Soak up the sunshine and festivities and learn about SAMEAPI events for the month of April!
Asian Americans and Racial Justice: Model Minority Mutiny, Collective Lieration, and Faith-Rooted Allyship
7:00-8:00 pm, Thursday, April 2, 2015, Student Union
As we celebrate our diverse cultures and histories during SAMEAPI month, we must also see the interconnectedness between our own narratives and the larger reality of people of color in the US. Our liberation is deeply tied to one another's, despite the ways Asian Americans have been pit against other communities of color with the creation of the "model minority myth." Our unique histories with colonialism, migration, and assimilation, as well as our experiences with both oppression and privilege, uniquely position us to partner with the racial justice movement as allies and stakeholders. Come learn, engage, and discuss with community.
Dinner Honoring SAMEAPI Awareness Now! Month
5:00–7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Founders Hall
Come and join the Mills Community as we celebrate our heritage with diverse and delicious foods of many Asian cuisines.
Lentil Soup (vegan and gluten free)
Chicken Wonton Soup
Sweet and Sour Pork
Sauteed Japanese Eggplant
Lo Mi Salmon
Chinese Long Beans in Black Bean Garlic Sauce
Self Serve Station
Hummus and Pita
Biryani (with chicken or vegetarian)
Sauteed Bitter Melon with Mango and Tamarind
Red Bean Rice Balls
Keynote Speaker: Professor Hatem Bazian
North Carolina, Paris, and Norway: Reinforcing Extremes and Navigating Islamophobia
7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 8, 2015, Student Union
The murder of Deah Barakat, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, and Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha in NC, the Wade Michael Page mass killings at the Sikh Gurdwara (house of worship) in Wisconsin and the Anders Behring Breivik slaughter in Norway are all examples of a violent extremist response or defense of the West against purported ‘Islamic’ extremist threats. The violence committed against innocent Muslims, Sikhs, and Norwegians is rationalized in the rhetoric of those committing these heinous crimes as a legitimate response to the violence directed against Western societies. In making this claim, the violent extremists in the West are but a mirror image and an ideological twin of their supposed enemies.
Extremists have managed to set the terms of political and moral debates, which in both cases are conducted by bullets, machine guns, bombs and a long trail soaked in blood. Fear, anxiety and mistrust are what the extremists seek and the more reactionary society becomes the more they are in the driver’s seat. Indeed, fearful people will accept the unthinkable and suspend rational judgment at the moment when rationality is most urgently needed. The global conversations and discussions (if one can call them such) have been completely taken over by violent extremists on both ends of the spectrum; their constructed narratives rationalize more violence in response to a supposed earlier violence. Fomenting random violence by violent extremists is the core essence of their strategy to attract more recruits and further perpetuate revenge and counter revenge killings.
Dr. Hatem Bazian is co-founder and Academic Affairs Chair at Zaytuna College, the first Muslim Liberal Arts College in America. He is also a senior lecturer in the Departments of Near Eastern and Ethnic Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. Bazian teaches courses on Islamic Law and Society, Islam in America De-Constructing Islamophobia and Othering of Islam, Religious Studies, and Middle Eastern Studies. Between 2002 and 2007, Bazian also served as an adjunct professor of law at Boalt Hall School of Law at the University of California, Berkeley.
In addition to Berkeley, Bazian is a visiting Professor in Religious Studies at Saint Mary's College of California and adviser to the Religion, Politics and Globalization Center at UC Berkeley. In Spring 2009, he founded the Center for the Study and Documentation of Islamophobia at UC Berkeley, a research unit dedicated to the systematic study of Othering Islam and Muslims.
7:00 pm, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, Mills Hall Living Room
Dr. Andrea Che is a licensed psychologist who earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at Palo Alto University in the Bay Area. Before that, she received her bachelor’s in Psychology at the University of California, Irvine. She has trained and worked in several types of settings such as inpatient and outpatient hospitals and community mental health clinics. She currently works closely with the medical and interdisciplinary staff on an integrated healthcare team at Asian Americans for Community Involvement (AACI) in San Jose, CA. At AACI, she provides various behavioral health services for a culturally diverse population in both English and Mandarin. She is also currently involved in research, presentations, supervising psychology graduate students and conducting some psychological testing. She enjoys working with students and is passionate about teaching and mentoring. Additionally, her main clinical and research interests since her undergraduate years have been severe mental illness (e.g. Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder), neuropsychology, and multicultural psychology; she hopes to continue her involvement in these areas. Besides work, she strongly believes in self-care and enjoys spending time with loved ones, engaging in sports, hiking, biking, art museums, and the list goes on.
Fuifuilupe Niumeitolu is a Tongan American scholar, poet and community activist. Her work has been published in Amerasia, The Contemporary Pacific and The Berkeley Poetry Review. Fuifuilupe is a doctoral student at the University of California, Berkeley and she is on the organizing committee of OLO; One Love Oceania, a Pacific Islander community response to homophobia.
Sufi Meditations: A Spiritual Celebration
7:00 pm, Thursday, April 22, 2015, Reinhardt Alumni House
This event celebrates the beauty and power of Sufi spirituality through music, dance and poetry. Members from the ASWAT orchestra will introduce the audience to the sacred musical traditions of Sufism, a Sufi dancer will demonstrate the metaphysical aspects of Sufi thought through the fluidity of movement, and Mills students will recite a selection of poetry from the teachings of the great Sufi master Jalaluddin Rumi.
Younes Al Makboul, Aswat Director
Younes is a gifted Moroccan musician and singer. He began playing the ‘oud and the violin at Sufi gatherings in Fez when he was just seven years old. Mentored by the legendary Sufi singer Al-Haj ‘Abd al-Karim al-Rais, Younes graduated at seventeen from the Conservatory House Adeel in Fez. Playing violin is his favorite means of communicating.
Loay Dabour, Percussionist
Loay is an Uber driver by day and a percussionist by night in San Francisco. A Palestinian, Loay was born and raised in Kuwait. He moved to the US in the early nineties during the first Gulf War.
Husain Dixon Resan, Aswat Musician (violin, ‘oud) and Solo Vocalist
Husain not only plays the ‘oud and the violin, but also sings, composes music, and writes songs. He is also a craftsman who makes ‘ouds from scratch in his own home in San Francisco. Born in Iraq, Husain first learned to play the ‘oud at the Iraqi House of Arts school. He has been performing with Aswat since 2005 and is active in the Bay Area Arab music scene.
Mills 'Ohana Club Inaugural Luau
6:00 pm, Friday, April 24, 2015, Student Union
First inaugural luau! Luaus are widely popular amongst other colleges and universities and now, Mills Ohana Club is bringing it to the Mills campus. Join us in celebrating traditional Hawaiian culture with authentic Hawaiian food and entertainment.
South Asian, Middle Eastern, Asian Pacific Islander Celebration Dinner
5:30–7:30 pm, Monday, April 27, 2015, Reinhardt Alumnae House
The South Asian, Middle Eastern, Asian Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Dinner is an occasion to celebrate and honor faculty and staff who have made an impact on the students. This event is an opportunity for the students to meet SAMEAPI faculty and staff and establish relationships that will enhance their experiences here at Mills. In addition to a night of food and entertainment, there will be certificates of recognition from the Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance, the Muslim Student Association, and the Mills College Ohana Club. This event is invitation only.
Sponsors for SAMEAPI events:
Events are co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance, Muslim Student Alliance, Mills Ohana Club, Ethnic Studies Department, Diversity and Social Justice Resource Center, and Associated Students of Mills College.
Mills College Heritage Months are supported in part by the Ethnic Studies Fund. To learn about and donate to the Fund, please click here: Ethnic Studies Fund. Many thanks for your generosity in support of Ethnic Studies and students of color at Mills.
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