Bulldog Buzz Week of 2/28: K-pop, skiing, and more!

Tsunami False Alarm? Following the 8.8 magnitude earthquake in Chile, scientists predicted that shock waves would devastate the Pacific coast, from the shores of Australia to eastern Russia and even to Hawaii on Sunday. Many coastal residents were evacuated from their homes and left on edge for about 24 hours. However, the lethal waves receded, only leaving about four feet of water along the Japanese coast.

Chile Earthquake: A deadly 8.8-magnitude earthquake struck central Chile early Saturday, killing at least 300 people and displacing more than 1.5 million. President Michelle Bachelet called the quake “one of the worst tragedies in the last 50 years” and declared a “state of catastrophe.” To donate $10 on behalf of Habitat for Humanity, World Vision, Salvation Army, or American Red Cross, text “CHILE” to 25383, 20222, 52000, or 90999, respectively.

Pierson Ski Trip This Saturday Feb 27, Piersonites went on a subsidized ski trip to Hunter Mountain. The beautiful snowfall made it perfect for skiing, although the optimal weather also attracted a lot of people, so the check-in and rental lines were unbelievably long. Overall, the trip was a blast, the road scenery was gorgeous, and for beginners like me, learning how to ski was a refreshing break from normal classroom lessons.

The KASY Cultural Show put on its sexiest act as a group of freshman guys danced to a spoof of two K-Pop dance songs, T-ara’s Bo Peep Bo Peep and Brown Eyed Girls’ Abracadabra. Links to videos of the so-called “Brown Eyed Boys” can be found on the APA Blog website!

Submit to the 2010 APA Blog Contest to Win Cash!

Your submission could win CASH PRIZES!!!

1st place: $20
2nd place: $10
Deadline: April 1

Email submissions to apablog10@gmail.com. Entries accepted in any format: article, photos, video, artwork, etc. Judging based on originality of topic, presentation, and interest to reader.

Submit to Yale PostSecret: Confessions on Race, Identity, and Culture

Yale PostSecret

Confessions on Race, Identity, and Culture

What’s your secret?

AASAHillel, and BSAY are sponsoring Yale Post Secrets: Confessions on Race, Identity, and Culture, a community art project. After spring break, your secrets will be displayed in an art exhibition and serve as the basis for a cross-cultural discussion later on.

A couple of rules:

* You can submit your secret on a postcard, an index card, or even a sheet of paper. We want to see Yale’s artistic talent!
* No names must be used. Please respect the anonymity of this project.
* Please send in your submissions before March 31, 2010.
* Ways to submit your secret:
1) Drop boxes will be placed in the following dining halls:
TBA after spring break
2) Upload your work to http://www.yaleaasa.org/postsecret.

JASU Day of Remembrance: Glenn Kumekawa Discusses Japanese Internment

Submitted by Nao Satoh BR’ 12 (JASU Co-President)

For the Japanese American Day of Remembrance, JASU (Japanese American Students Union) invited Professor Glenn Kumekawa for a Branford College Master’s Tea. The Day of Remembrance, observed on February 19th, marks the date that Executive Order 9066 was signed by President Franklin D. Roosevelt, beginning the first and only systematic internment of an ethnic group within the United States. Professor Kumekawa was 14 years old when he and his family were taken to Tanforan Racetrack under military surveillance and then to Topaz Internment camp in Central Utah, where they remained until their release some three years later.

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Videos from KASY Culture Show!

Edit: Here’s a link to a better quality of the 3PM “Shocking Dance”, performed by the KASY girls: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1301002919078#mce_temp_url#

Also a link to a better quality video of the “Brown Eyed Boys”: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=1300920557019

Above videos courtesy of Jenny Mei BK ’13

These aren’t the greatest quality (especially since it was dark) but here you go!

I sincerely apologize for not having the full video of the much anticipated “Brown Eyed Boys” performance — my memory card ran out of space in the middle of the dance! But it will be posted as soon as it’s available!

(Better quality videos and more acts to be posted soon)

3PM “‘Shocking Dance” (part 1)

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Politics Over Pizza Panel: Point by Point

Last Wednesday, AASA hosted the “Politics Over Pizza” discussion panel – a conversation focusing on how Asian Americans reconcile the political views of their native countries with those of Western ideals. Jenny Mei BK ’13, an AASA Freshman Liaison, came up with the theme for the panel from her personal experiences – “I believe in Western democracy, but as a Chinese-American, I also felt like I had to defend China when people attacked it.”

The panel consisted of six Yalies, all of whom have an interest in politics in Asia. Besides the yummy pizza from Papa John’s (since when has their crust become so fluffy?), I took home some interesting points on the political identity of Asian Americans:

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ViSA Cultural Show

Last Friday, the Vietnamese Students Association (ViSA) put on its annual Cultural Show. This year’s theme was “Top Chef Vietnam: Lunar New Year Special.” The show was based (loosely) on the legend of how Vietnamese rice cakes, called Banh Chung and Banh Day, came to be part of Tet celebrations.

A brief summary of the story is that the king of Vietnam needs to choose which of his children will inherit the throne.  He decides that whoever creates the most delicious dish will be the next ruler of Vietnam. The Cultural Show put a modern spin on the story and made the search for the next heir into a”Top Chef” (a popular reality TV show on Bravo) competition, with each prince/princess as quirky contestants.

Mark Longhurst MC ’09 and Vy Tran TD ’12 played the king and queen.  The contestants were played by Paul Tran SY ’12, Yen Duong DC ’10, Eric Moy ES ’13, Ian Marpuri PC ’11 and Victoria Nguyen BK ’13.

In addition to the skit, the cultural show included a traditional and hip-hop dance and cameos from various students, like JASU president Kohei Kuwahara as Charlie the Unicorn. Don’t ask. You had to be there.

Overall, the show had lots of laughs as well as information about Vietnamese culture.  In addition, it raised just under $300 for La Maison Chance, a charity for the disabled and orphaned in Vietnam. ViSA thanks everyone who attended and hopes to see you all next year. Enjoy the photos!

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Harry Wu Speaks About Chinese Human Rights Activism at Master’s Tea

Submitted by Molly Ma TD ’13 (AASA PAEC)

Originally posted on http://www.yale.edu/paec/

This image is courtesy of http://www.isu.edu/

On February 22, Harry Wu, a famous Chinese human rights activist, came to Yale for a Branford Master’s Tea sponsored by CASA. Mr. Wu told his moving story to an audience of 30 to 40 students.

His Life

His father was a banker and his mother was of the landlord class. In 1949, the Communist Party caused a purging of the entire landlord and bourgeoisie classes. At this time, Mr. Wu was still a young student and was not entirely aware of the situation. However, he became aware of the human rights violations committed during the Hundred Flowers/Anti-Rightist Movement, in which the government cracked down on over 1.2 million intellectuals.

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Bulldog Buzz Week of 2/21 – Senior Gifts, mixed-gender suites, and more!

The Video Musicals Continue. If the “Why I Love Yale” admissions video wasn’t enough, the administration released The Yale Senior Gift Class Fund of 2010 to encourage donations to the Senior Class Gift. Whether it was the musical charms of the video or not, the class of 2010 became the most generous class to date. The seniors donated $29,670.41 with 91 percent participation. According to the Senior Class Gift Website, the donations fund a variety of resources: “You have likely benefited from donations to the Alumni Fund through use of the Writing Center or a tutor, financial aid, the renovation of your college, or the addition of a new course.”

Yale to offer gender-neutral housing for class of 2011. After about two years of advocacy, Yale will finally be providing seniors with the option for mixed gender suites in the 2010-2011 academic school year. It’s about time considering every other Ivy has already done so.

JECP Plays Homage to Music On Sunday February 21, the Jonathan Edwards College Philharmonic Orchestra held a concert in Battel Chapel. They played music by musical masters Gustav Mahler, Samuel Barber, and Dmitri Shostakovich in commemoration of their anniversaries. The concert featured Yale undergraduates from various colleges – as soloists, singers, composers, and conductors. JECP’s next concert will be on April 30.

Eating Disorder Awareness Week! Events include a Free Yoga session with Discussion on Health and Wellness on Monday in the Davenport Recreation Room at 4 p.m., a Lecture on Art Therapy on Wednesday in the Dwight Hall Common Room at 4 p.m., and a Talk on How Eating Disorders fit into the Obesity Epidemic on Thursday in Dwight Hall Common Room at 4 p.m.