The Asian Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC): Resource for Intercultural Community Enrichment is currently a new student group at the Evergreen State College, Olympia, WA that is dedicated to organizing and strengthening the support, engagement and empowerment of Evergreen’s Asian Pacific Islander/American (API/A) community politically, socially and culturally through

  • Raising self and campus consciousness on API/A issues, identity and culture
  • Developing a support network for students and fostering a sense of solidarity and family
  • Creating a safe space to discuss these issues in a constructive, critical and supportive manner
  • Sponsoring campus-wide and community-specific events (such as workshops, lectures, field trips, etc.)
  • Building connections with our local community and other student groups of color

As  a new-forming family of students, we also host bi-weekly seminar potlucks every 1st and 3rd Sunday of the month in which we discuss varying intercultural API/A issues, supplemented by a film, performance or readings chosen by the facilitator. Some examples of seminar topics include (but are not limited to):

  • Deconstructing the “Asian Pacific Islander/American” Identity
  • Class in the US
  • Gender roles and Sexuality in traditional and contemporary cultures and its influence/impact
  • Immigration, migration and what it means to be American born
  • Being “American”, “white-washed culture”
  • Militarization, imperialism and the lasting impacts of colonialism
  • Struggles and Movements
  • Skin privilege and “passing”
  • Angry “brown” person
  • Humor and Racial Jokes/Stereotypes
  • Multiracialism, Multiculturalism, Multiethnicism, Multinationalism
  • Language–barriers, transformation, connection
  • American born, first/second generation

Can’t make it to our meetings? Just want to know more?? If you are interested in our group, we’d love to hear from you!

Email us at tesc.api@gmail.com

Peace. Love. One. Family.

ALSO: We are a member of the SOC-U. Tha WHA? Yeah… the STUDENT OF COLOR UNION. Check us OUT!

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