Sunday, September 30, 2007

Asian American Collective | 10/5 MSC Lounge, 4-6 pm

My name is Jonathan Minhzy Truong, and if you are interested in multiculturalism, progress, and particularly in Asian American Issues, please come to the monthly forum
"The Asian-American Collective".
-presented by the

MultiCultural Student Coalition

Date: Friday, October 5, 2007
Where: Multicultural Student Center Lounge (Second Floor Red Gym)
Time: 4-6PM


The Asian American Collective is an event which will occur once per month, providing a forum in which people from all backgrounds can discuss Asian-American issues such as identity, equality, representation, sterotypes, and progression. *Note: The Asian American Collective is not an organization at all, but just an event to promote discourse amongst the Asian-American as well as multicultural community.

Invited Organizations:
-Indian Student Organization (ISA)
-Vietnamese Student Organization (VSA)
-Korean American Student Association (KASA)
-Chinese Undergraduate Student Association
-Cambodian Student Association
-East Asia Forum (EAF)
-Filiipino American Student Organization (FASO)
-Asian Christian Fellowship (ACF)
-Lao American Organization of Students (LAOS)
-Hmong American Student Association (HASA)
-Thai Undergrad Association (TUA)
-Asian Pacific American Council (APAC)
-Hawaii Club (Na Ha Pili O' Hawaii)
-Hong Kong Student Association (HKSA)
-Malaysian Student Association of Madison (MSA)
-Singapore Student Association (SSA)
-Multicultural Student Center (MSC)
-Multicultural Council (MCC)
-Multicultural Student Coalition (MCSC)

Invited Graduate Student Organizations
-East Asian Studies Graduate Student Association
-Association of Asian American Graduate Students
-Korean Association for Engineering and Sciences

Invited University Departments:
-Southeast Asian Studies
-East Asian Studies
-South Asian Studies
-Asian-American Studies
-Southeast Asian Student Academic Resources

Any Questions?

Please feel free to e-mail me at
or call my cell phone at 952-237-5070

Ya'll interested, just contact me and don't miss out on the:


Pz and Blessings,
Jonathan Minhzy Truong

Saturday, September 29, 2007

Dissertation peer group

Are you currently working on your dissertation? Would you be interested in joining a peer group that will help you stay on track?

Ray Hsu would like to create an informal dissertation group for regular meetings on chapters and ideas.

Please contact Ray at rjhsu at wisc dot edu if you would like to join.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Meditative Dance Workshop, Saturday, 9/29/07

Meditative Dance Workshop

WHERE: Yen-Nien Daoguan Madison (Tai-Chi center) at 2424 Atwood Ave.

WHEN: Saturday, Sept. 29th, 2-4pm.

CONTACT: Peggy Choy

COST: $15

Saturday, September 22, 2007

AAAGS mentorship kickoff potluck | Thurs, Sept 27 @ 6:30 pm, MSC Lounge, Red Gym

AAAGS and APAC present the Asian American Mentorship + Student Leadership Potluck.

If you are a graduate student, please bring a dish or dessert to share with everyone. If you are an undergraduate student, just bring yourself and another friend!

WHERE: Multicultural Student Center, Red Gym

WHEN: Thurs, Sept 27, 2007 @ 6:30 p.m.



Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Hais Lus Hmoob’s Session

You are invited to Hais Lus Hmoob’s Session:

" Addressing Injustice on Campus”

Thursday, September 20, 2007

6:30 p.m.

Location: MSC Satellite Lounge

The MSC Satellite is located in the Gordon Commons complex. The entrance is located on Lake Street underneath the bridge connecting Witte Hall to Gordon Commons. The lounge is on the left once you enter.

Discussion Points:

- Update on the recent Law School incident.

- Strategies on moving forward pro-actively.

- Campus climate issues.

- Confronting similar incidents in your academic experience.

You may e-mail, in advance, questions you would like to have addressed at the Session to Nancy Vue at:

Additional Information

*UW's 8th Annual Plan 2008 Diversity Forum will be held at the Memorial Union, Friday, Sept. 28, 2007. Keynote Speaker will be Dr. Jane Hamilton-Merritt (Dr. Jane is a photo-journalist, educator, activist, and author, nominated for the Nobel Prize for her work on behalf of the Hmong people of Laos.) There will also be a Hmong Art Exhibition. To register online and view forum schedule, please visit:

*Hais Lus Hmoob invites your ideas for future Session topics. If there is an issue or topic you would like us to coordinate, please e-mail Nancy Vue at:

Hosted by Hais Lus Hmoob (Hmong Talk)

Asian-Am Reading Group meeting Wednesday, September 26th at 3pm

We will discuss scheduling for the rest of the semester and the following texts:
Excerpts from Edward Said's Orientalism
Excerpts from Lisa Lowe's Immigrant Acts

The readings can be found at the Learn@UW website. If you would like access to the readings, please email Emily Yu at EYU at WISC dot EDU.

WHERE: Lakefront at Langdon dining room at the Memorial Union

WHEN: Wednesday, September 26th at 3pm


Friday, September 14, 2007

“Crafting Kimono” exhibition opens at the Design Gallery October 31

“Crafting Kimono” exhibition opens at the Design Gallery October 31

Dates: October 31, 2007 – February 3, 2008
(NOTE: The gallery will be closed December 17 – January 23 for the university’s winter break)

Opening reception and lecture: Sunday, November 4, 1-4 p.m.
With a lecture by Japanese textile scholar Dr. Mary Dusenbury at 2 p.m.

Design Gallery, School of Human Ecology
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1300 Linden Drive, Madison WI 53706
Hours: W-F 11 a.m. – 5:30 p.m., S-S 12 – 5 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Visit for directions and parking. Free parking is available after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends in several campus lots.

So much of dress is tied to identity. Even in today’s “global market” the simple (or not) decision about which outfit to wear says a great deal about you. The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection has many garments that reflect the identity of the wearer and the maker.

Kimono, the national dress of Japan, offers clear clues as to the wearer and more subtle ones from the maker. It would be easy to assume that a kimono is a kimono, with its straightforward construction, simple t-shape, and one size-fits-all nature. In fact, nothing could be further from the truth. Although adult kimono are uniform in size—made from one bolt of fabric, approximately 14 inches wide and a little over 12 yards long—the elegant t-shape of the garment is altered and patterned to reflect social and personal issues.

A man’s kimono is fairly straightforward: short sleeves with a square edge, often in somber hues. Colorful kimono are usually hidden under these more somber outer kimono. Women, however, have many choices when they select a kimono. A woman must take into account her marital status, the season, the occasion, and her age. The sleeve length and design of a woman’s kimono signal her age and marital status. The weave and design on the kimono can identify whether the garment is to be worn in the winter or summer, and the placement of the design is different for domestic wear, formal visits, or ceremonial occasions.

Crafting Kimono will reveal these subtle nuances and explore the materials and techniques that go into creating a kimono. Examples of kimono (wedding, formal and everyday) featuring Ro (gauze weave), Chirim (silk crepe), Shibori (tied and dyed), Kasuri (bound resist or Ikat), and Yuzen (paste resist) will be on display. Selected from the extensive holdings of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection by its curator, Rebecca Kasemeyer, this exhibition is part of a series of biennial exhibitions showcasing the HLATC collections in the Design Gallery.

The opening reception for Crafting Kimono will take place Sunday, November 4 from 1-4 p.m. At 2 p.m. during the reception, Japanese textile scholar Dr. Mary Dusenbury will give a lecture. As acting curator of Asian art for Kansas University’s Spencer Museum of Art, Dr. Dusenbury curated the exhibition “Flowers, Dragons, and Pine Trees: Asian Textiles in the Spencer Museum of Art” in 2006. She previously served as president of the Textile Society and as adjunct research associate at the Center for East Asian Studies at the University of Kansas.

The reception and lecture on November 4 follows and complements the international symposium held at the Chazen Museum of Art on November 3, Competition and Collaboration in Edo Print Culture: A New Perspective. The symposium is being held in conjunction with the opening weekend of the exhibition Competition and Collaboration: Japanese Prints of the Utagawa School held at the Chazen.

The Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is housed in the School Human Ecology at 1300 Linden Drive on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus. The collection features 12,000 textiles and costumes representing countless eras, places, and techniques, making it one of the largest university textile collections in the United States. The size and scope of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection, along with its related programs, make it an outstanding resource for scholars, designers, students, and members of the community. The mission of the Helen Louise Allen Textile Collection is to provide educational resources that further the understanding of human beings within their material and social environments through the study of textiles of artistic, cultural, and historic significance.

Contact: Jody Clowes.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Pictures from Fall Mixer at the Terrace

Here are some pics from the Fall Mixer held on September 7th at the Memorial Union Terrace. Thanks to everyone that came out!!

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Asian American Reading Group (AARG)

Hey All,
I am in the process of setting up the Asian-American reading group. We will be reading critical theory, novels, poetry, and other texts written by or about Asian-Americans.

My hope is that we can meet monthly to discuss a schedule of texts. The tentative schedule is currently every fourth Wednesday at 3pm in Memorial Union (Lakefront on Langdon dining room).

September 26th at 3pm will be our first meeting. I will have the readings available on Learn@UW shortly.

If you've already contacted me about your interest in the reading group, you will be receiving an email in the next week to join the Learn@UW site. If you are interested but have not emailed me, please do so. I can be reached at eyu at wisc dot edu.

All the Best,
Emily Yu

Wednesday, September 5, 2007

Announcement: AAAGS Members Presenting @ the Race & Ethnicity Research Seminars

Check it out: AAAGS Members Jackie Nguyen and Ray Hsu are scheduled to present during different sessions of the Race & Ethnicity Research Seminars (click to see full schedule).

Mondays 12:00-1:15pm
Sewell Soc Sci 3470

Organizer: Ruth N. López Turley

Here are the topics they are presenting on:

Date Speaker Topic
9/10 Jackie Nguyen, UW Ed Psych, & María Hernández, UW Social Work Integrity in Research: Examining Ethics & Methods in Studying & Protecting Immigrant Families & Other Unique Populations
10/22 Ray Hsu, UW English Buying the Farm: Sharecropping, Property Ownership, and Race Neutrality in Law