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Imagined Community: On Diversity at Kalamazoo College.

Asians In The Ivory Tower

April 30, 2011

There’s been a lot to blog about over the past few months that I just haven’t bothered to approach.  I didn’t want to touch the Amy Chua Tiger Mom debacle with a ten foot pole, as much of the Asian American and racial justice blogosphere had done a comprehensive job of analyzing the fallout...
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Returning to K

January 10, 2011

We had originally intended for this blog to serve as a platform for us to reflect upon our experiences as women of color at Kalamazoo College and to document our efforts to engage the K College community in a dialogue regarding the availability of resources for currently enrolled students of color.
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All I Could Hear Was Whiteness

January 3, 2011
All I Could Hear Was Whiteness

I was hanging on by a short thread. I could hear something that my mentor said that winter on repeat in my head. He told me that there was a point in his college career where he stopped being able to hear white males speak. He was in such a different space that he...
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Mistaken Identity

December 12, 2010

“Wait, you’re not the professor?” Confused, I shook my head no... There aren’t many Asian or Asian American students on campus, so I guess it made sense to them that the Asian in the room would be teaching Modern China.
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November 19, 2010

Five years ago, fellow student Kelsay Myers and I were walking around on campus, only to be interrupted by a van full of young, white men who peeled out of a driveway and shouted, “KUNG FU!  GO BACK TO CHINA!” We stood for a moment and tried to comprehend what had just happened.  Not...
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But who are you really?

November 14, 2010

"Was it upsetting to you because of the Korean content?" she asked, this time lowering her voice and nodding encouragingly at me. Taking her question too literally, I answered, "Um, no. Not really. I don't really know any comfort women who were raped by Japanese men." Those last two sentences have stuck...
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Why I Refuse the Silence: Resistance Education

November 13, 2010

“If knowledge is power, how can we be powerful if we do not have access to everyone's histories, if we do not hear everyone's voices? It is not enough to diversify our campus without being accountable for act of diversity. We need to take responsibility by demanding the right of every student to...
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Finding Filipino America at Kalamazoo College

November 12, 2010

As one of the few Filipina American alumni from Kalamazoo College, I want to partake in this project with Refuse the Silence. My parents emigrated from the Philippines around the 80s and I grew up in a rich, white suburb of Kalamazoo, Michigan.  I only attended private schools in Kalamazoo and my experiences at...
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Imagined Community: On Diversity at Kalamazoo College

November 11, 2010

Throughout the summer of 2010, a group of Kalamazoo College alumnae discussed the lack of resources for students of color on campus, focusing specifically on the needs and experiences of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. As what they are trying to accomplish on their own college campus mirrors the work that Refuse...
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