Bulldog Buzz week of 9/7 — Asian eyes, hot sauce, & writing for the blog

Trend Alert: While Asian women are scrambling to get double-eyelid surgery for a more Westernized aesthetic, in the world of high fashion, Dolce & Gabbana models tape their eyes back for a stereotypical Asian look in this Vogue Japan editorial. Is this cool/avant-garde or just offensive?

Confessions of a Sriracha Fanatic: A foodie recounts her introduction and addiction to the beloved Thai-American hot sauce in this NPR article. Recipes at the end for those with more culinary sophistication; the rest of us will just continue to indiscriminately put Sriracha on all the things.

Did you see us at the Activities Fair or the AASA General Assembly this past week? Are you interested in writing for, promoting, or otherwise getting involved with the APA Blog? Drop us a line at apablog10@gmail.com and we’ll keep you posted.

Alternatively, are you a member of an Asian-American interest organization on campus? AASA member group or otherwise, we welcome all contributors to use the blog as a place to spread the word about your cause, advertise events, or reach out to the general public.

Bulldog Buzz week of 8/31 — Shopping Period Edition

Got an extra spot on your schedule? Interested in Asian-American topics or just looking for a fun class? Check out these gems on OCS:

HIST 183: Asian American History, 1800 to the Present
A new perspective. Taught by Professor Mary Lui, this class introduces some of the key topics in Asian-American history that were probably skimmed over in your other more “mainstream” American history classes. A variety of Asian cultures are covered, for a rich and eye-opening course.

HIST 166J: Asian American Women and Gender, 1830 to the Present
Not just for Asian women. Also taught my Lui, this junior history seminar (sorry non-majors!) explores the challenges and accomplishments of Asian American women, providing a cultural and sociological perspective on a little-discussed topic.

AMST 322: Gender, Family and Cultural Identity in Asia and the United States
Bridge the culture gap. WGSS department lecturer and international feminism expert Geetanjali Chanda teaches this class on identity formation in different Asian countries and U.S. perceptions of Asian culture. It will change the way you think.

ENGL 339: American Literary Nationalisms
The bookish type. With African American Studies Professor GerShun Avilez, read works that highlight the influence of nationalist frameworks on modern American literature. Includes not just Asian American nationalism but also the Black Arts Movement and feminist and queer organizing, among others.

AMST 695: Craft in Colonial and Independent India
Trip to the museum. This graduate-level seminar looks at South Indian craft-making, from textiles to metalwork. Professor of American Decorative Arts Edward Cooke introduces both historical and contemporary contexts for the craftsmen’s work, and relates them to prominent cultural issues in India.

Bulldog Buzz week of 4/21

Advancing your career in higher education: The Asian Network at Yale (AN@Y) is hosting a special career development session on Thursday, April 21st at 5 pm in Kroon Hall, featuring the Vice Chancellor of University Advancement for the University of California, Riverside, Peter Hayashida. Register for the event here.

The JASU Cultural Show will be at 8pm on Monday April 25th in the Morse Dining Hall. Tea, snacks, and SUSHI will be served! Come watch her locate the other Sailor Scouts and take on the evil powers of Queen Beryl and the Negaverse; you don’t want to miss out! Also featuring performances by Phoenix, Wushu, Karate Club, and many others.

Interested in acting?  The AACC is organizing a reading of scenes from David Henry Hwang’s F.O.B. The play is a comedy about a Chinese American college student having dinner with her F.O.B. date and her Americanized cousin who hates F.O.B.’s, a situation that culminates with the three acting out a fight scene between Gwang Gung and Fa Mulan. Contact Lia for more info.

The Shiba Inu Puppy Cam is back online! Tune in for the last litter of adorable puppies, 100% guaranteed to brighten up your day.

Bulldog Buzz Week of 4/13/11 — Bulldog Days Edition

Bring your prefrosh to Flavors of AASA on Wednesday at 10 pm in LC 211! There will be food in addition to a special kpop performance, a homemade video and an opportunity to meet and mingle with all of the AASA member groups.

Fusion, the semesterly party at the AACC hosted by your freshman liaisons, will be held on Thursday (4/14) night from 10 pm to 1 am. Come meet current and prospective Yalies and enjoy late-night performances, games, and other activities. Catered food from local restaurants, along with snacks and drinks, will be served.

In “news” outside the Yale bubble, Wasabi-flavored Doritos may now be widely available in the US! Frito-Lay originally produced wasabi-flavored Doritos for consumption in Japan, and apparently tested them briefly in the U.S. in 2010, because a Facebook group, “Frito Lay: Bring Wasabi Doritos to the USA! Permanently,” was started. Recent comments show that Costco across the country is now selling them.

For your further entertainment, check out this ridiculous ad campaign (TOUS Jewelry spring 2011) of Jennifer Lopez posing with Asian crap. No words.

Bulldog Buzz week of 4/6 — Events Galore

Author of the critically-acclaimed novel Ode to Lata Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla will be visiting Yale tomorrow to speak at a master’s tea about the intersection of the Asian-American and LGBTQ communities, as well as his career as a writer, director, and producer. Join us on Thursday, April 7th, at 4:00pm in the Berkeley College Master’s House.

China Care‘s semesterly fundraiser at Great Wall Restaurant will be this Friday, April 8th during the YHHAP fast. 20% of proceeds will go towards raising money and awareness for Chinese orphans with special medical needs. Print out this coupon for all-you-can-eat hotpot and free bubble tea!

The annual AASA Spring Semiformal will take place this Saturday, April 9th, from 10:30pm – 1:30am at Thali Too! Admission is $5, and presales are available from any AASA board member or president of a member group. Semiformal attire is requested

This year, AASA is taking part in the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life at Yale, being held April 15th-16th. The event is a great chance to celebrate the lives of people who have battled cancer, remember the lives lost, and fight back against this disease.You can make a donation to AASA’s team here.

Bulldog Buzz week of 3/30– Films, Cultural Shows, and a Jumpsuit?

AASA’s Politics Over Pizza discussion series continues today, 3/30, co-sponsored by CASA. Come to the Calhoun buttery at 6:30 pm to learn and talk about how Chinese-American politicians are portrayed in the media over delicious Domino’s pizza. In particular, the discussion will be based on the recent scandal involving David Wu, a Chinese-American politician, and a tiger jumpsuit costume that raised doubts about his mental stability.

A screening of “The Ode,” (trailer here) a film adaptation of the novel Ode to Lata by Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla will be held on Thursday, 3/31 at 8 pm in LC 102. This is an exclusive opportunity to see a film not yet in wide release and gear up for the Master’s Tea with the novelist, screenwriter and producer on 4/7. Presented by AASA, in conjunction with the South Asian Film Society, the LGBTQ Co-op, SAS and Prism.

An article on CNN today tells the story of a 14-year old girl in Bangladesh who was beaten to death on charges of adultery. “Bangladesh is considered a democratic and moderate Muslim country, and national law forbids the practice of sharia; [yet it] is still very much in use in villages and towns aided by the lack of education and strong judicial systems.”

CASA is looking for member to act in their annual Cultural Show! For this year’s play, they are looking to cast four main roles and a number of smaller parts with less than ten lines. If interested, you can fill out this form and contact Alex or Ray for more information.

And … we’re back! Bulldog Buzz

With a quick response to the crisis in Japan, the Japanese American Students Union (JASU) held “Hope for Japan” on Mar. 24 to raise money for disaster relief efforts. The event featured student performance groups, raffles for gift certificates from local businesses, all-you-can-eat food from New Haven restaurants, and even origami. The packed Berkeley dining hall certainly showed strong support from the New Haven and Yale community for Japan in light of the crisis.

The Yale Institute of Sacred Music will also hold a benefit concert on Sat., Mar. 26 featuring the Bach Collegium Japan performing Johann Sebastian Bach’s “B-Minor Mass.” The concert, conducted by the founder of the Collegium, Masaaki Suzuki, will take place at 8 p.m. at Woolsey Hall. Tickets are $15, $8 for students and can be ordered by calling 203-432-4158 or online at the Yale School of Music website; tickets will also be sold the night of the performance.

Two individuals, 29-year-old Fitzroy Ford and 20-year-old Antonio Streater, were wounded by gunfire at Toad’s on Wednesday night. According to police, a group of people jumped onto the stage during a performance by the rap group C.M.S., ensuing a fight. According to the YDN, several Yalies expressed avoiding Toad’s in light of the incident.

The response videos just keep coming for Alexandra Wallace’s infamous Youtube video, Asians in the Library. The third-year UCLA student has already withdrawn from the school after receiving death threats for her online rant about Asians talking too loudly on cell phones in the library, among other bigoted complaints. However, the video has inspired some creative juices, including Jimmy Wong’s “Ching Chong! Asians in the Library Song”.

Bulldog Buzz week of 1/26: SOTU, DIY movies, & fall break!

President Obama’s State of the Union address last night urged American universities to accept Reserve Officers’ Training Corps units. “I call on all our college campuses to open their doors to our military recruiters and ROTC,” he said. Also mentioned were several references to salmon, which you might not understand unless you know something about saltwater and freshwater economics.

In order to improve the undergraduate experience certain changes have been made to the Yale College Academic Calendar, effective in 2012. There will now be a 5-day break in October, since the the 11 or 12 weeks of classes between the start of school and Thanksgiving break proves challenging, especially to freshman. Freshman Orientation will be over two weekends instead of one. Labor Day along with MLK day will be observed. Also to winter break will be extended by 4-5 days. Reading week will be shortened from 7 to 5 days and the exam period will be reduced from 8 days to 6 days.

Making movies has never been this easy with Xtranormal Text-to-Movie. Users choose from a collection of quirky characters who will act out their inputted script with the added features of staging gestures, facial expressions, and camera angles. As stated on its website, “If you can type, you can make movies …” See the on-screen action at http://www.xtranormal.com/watchmovies/.

Bulldog Buzz for Week of 1/19: More on Chinese mothers and YouTube fame

The term “second-generation” Asian American might seem obvious, but the APA Blog staff had some different interpretations at our last meeting. A quick Google search found that second-generation meant having parents who are naturalized U.S. citizens (immigrants to the U.S.) under the entry “American-born Chinese“. Other sources listed a “1.5 generation”, those who immigrated to the U.S. as a child. What generation do you consider yourself? Fill out our poll to the left!

Amy Chua, Yale Law School professor, stood by her controversial article published in the Wall Street Journal on the effectiveness of the “immigrant model” of child-rearing. The Yale Daily News interviewed her, and she claims that anyone who has read the entirety of her book will see she wants what’s best for her children, even if that means banning sleepovers.

A cover of John Lennon’s “Imagine” sung by Sam Tsui ’11 and R&B group AHMIR made it onto the homepage of YouTube yesterday. The video, dedicated to the victims of the Jan. 8 shooting in Tucson, Arizona and the recovery of Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, features clips of Tsui and AHMIR singing intermixed with images of President Obama, victims of the shooting and Rep. Gabrielle Giffords.

Bulldog Buzz for Week of 11/29!

Vote for Yale’s very own Esther Hyun BR ’12 in the MBC Star Audition with Youtube, a hunt for the next Asian pop star. The winner will receive KRW 300 million and have their video debut on MBC, one of South Korean’s major broadcasting networks. Vote for Esther at http://www.youtube.com/mbcaudition – select US for country and scroll to the third page, bottom right corner.

Leaked Cables. The cables on North Korea, part of a cache of secret State Department cables obtained by Wikileaks and made available to a number of news organizations, reveal diplomatic insights into the situation in Asia. According to a cable from the American ambassador, American and South Korean officials early this year secretly began gaming out what would happen if North Korea, led by one of the world’s most brutal family dynasties, were to collapse.

Black Friday Indeed. Black Friday, traditionally the day after Thanksgiving, was different this year. Many stores lengthened shopping hours, beginning their discounts and deals as early as 10pm of Thanksgiving Day. This was intended to increase sales and decrease the chaos of crowds. Unfortunately, at least one Black Friday injury was reported: many shoppers were nearly trampled at a Target in North Buffalo, New York, according to CNN.