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SAMEAPI Awareness Now! Events
(South Asian Middle Eastern Asian
Pacific Islander Awareness Now!)

SAMEAPI Awareness Now! Timeline
Ongoing for the month of April
Toyon Meadow

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 Liberation, and Faith-Rooted Allyship
7:00-8:00 pm, Thursday, April 2, 2015, Student Union

BiancaAs 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

Station 1
Sweet and Sour Pork
Eggrolls (vegetarian)
Pancit Bihon
Sauteed Japanese Eggplant

Station 2
Lo Mi Salmon
Teriyaki Tofu
Potato Samosas
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

Haupia Cake
Red Bean Rice Balls

Enjoy the music of The Mills Gamelan ensemble! The musicians are made up of Mills students who are currently enrolled in the gamelan ensemble course offered to all majors through the music department (MUS 028). Students in the ensemble learn the basics of traditional central Javanese gamelan performance through the process of learning traditional and contemporary pieces culminating in a performance near the end of the semester. Their concert will be on Sunday, April 26th at 8 pm in Littlefield Concert Hall. We would be happy to have you join us at the concert, or to have you attend class with us in the future!

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 Hatem BazienChair 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.

Integrting Cultural Identity with your Career: Panel and Discussion
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/Pacific Islander Story-teller, scholar and 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.

Monica Lee is a former early stage venture capitalist who relishes being an technology entrepreneur and angel investor, Monica recently transitioned into the social entrepreneurship arena, currently serving as the Executive Director of The 1990 Institute, a 25-year-old U.S-China nonprofit that aims to improve the understanding and trust between the people of the United States and China. She is focused on refining the Institute’s vision, strategy and resources to make understanding modern China a central component of American secondary school curriculums, and a key asset to global business fluency.

Keen on helping young tech companies, Monica specializes in taking on multiple operating roles at startups to help them grow quickly, raise their next rounds of early stage investment. Prior to the 1990 Institute, she has held key business development, sales and roles at venture-backed companies such as 4th wave technology innovator Perfect Coffee (acquired by Blue Bottle), Pure Watercraft, the “Tesla” of electric powerboats and outboard, and Social Finance, Inc. (SoFi), a disrupter of the $1 trillion student loan market. She also co-founded eBay competitor CityAuction (acquired by Ticketmaster-­‐CitySearch; now IAC) and was an early stage venture capitalist at Charter Ventures in the nascent Internet days, where her investments included (acquired by Ticketmaster-CitySearch).

Monica holds an AB in Psychology from Harvard and an MBA from MIT's Sloan School of Management. She is a member of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance’s Board of Directors and has an extensive event production background for various communities and companies. She is also an avid surfer who enjoys traveling around the world for waves.

Sufi Meditations: A Spiritual Celebration
7:00 pm, Wednesday, 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 Al MakboulYounes 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 aLoay Dabour 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 Dixon ResanHusain 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.

To RSVP for this event, please click on this link Luau.

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 celebrateSameapi dinner 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 Association, Mills Ohana Club, Ethnic Studies Department, French and Francophone Studies 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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