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Speakers at Friday’s event said Duke was not doing enough for the Asian community.

On September 24, Mast hosted a study at the Branyan Center Plaza, and students, faculty, and staff called on the university administration to support marginalized students, ethnic studies, and cultural centers. During the event, speakers reiterated questions from campus cultural groups and relevant departments.

“Duke has repeatedly succeeded in ensuring that students of color and minority are institutionalized in all academic and social settings,” said Jr. Miriam Shams-Rini, who attended the event.

“Duke has not invested heavily in maintaining the history and reality of racial studies in the United States and around the world as a source of knowledge,” said Shams-Rini.

Shams-Rini also repeated the questions posed by Duke Asia students in March 2021 and has since repeated them. These include institutionalizing the Department of Ethnic Studies, creating cultural centers that best serve the needs of students, identifying admissions for Asian, Asian-American and Pacific Islander students, and calling for accountability systems to respond to incidents of hate and discrimination.

These interests were echoed by other speakers, including Scarlett Guy, a member of the Cherokee Nation Eastern Band and president of the Indigenous American Students Association.

Guy, from Cheroke Industrial School, tells the story of the Duke and the Native Americans, where Trinity College of Arts and Sciences brought 12 children from the Cherokee National Band to unite them.

“Duke, because they have a Cherokee Industrial School, have directly contributed to the endangerment of my language,” says Guy.

Guy remembers a time when she went to take Cheroke language classes — none of them were offered by Duke — and finally they had to take classes at North Carolina-Chapel Hill University through the Duke Constitutional Program.

“Not only did I miss my family, but I longed to be in Cherokee, to have mountains around me, to be alone in my house. And I’m going to Chapel Hill to practice because I can’t practice here, ”said Guy.

This experience, coupled with a lack of counselors who understand her interest in community-based careers, is why Duke thinks she has a lot of resources for Native American students.

“In this way, other eligible students should not have my experience. You can stay in Duke to get the lessons you want and get the mentors you need, ”said Guy.

That Joy, Trinity 20, called on the university to better accommodate student organizers and to offer race studies courses.

“You don’t have to go out of your way to learn your story, or to learn your history or your language or your culture, at least not for me and for many,” he said. .

You need to be able to explore geopolitics without the tyranny of American imperialism, white supremacy and erosionism that is hurting many of our departments. But today it is a reminder that students and youth are not easily intimidated. ”

Other speakers have previously described parallels between student activist efforts and current action calls.

Assistant Professor of History Calvin Chung Miyaw, who has been presenting the history of Asian American studies at Stanford University since 1989, has been the subject of 119 other questions for students on 119 Asian studies programs since taking over the presidency.

According to this story, in 2021, Duke said that worrying about Asian American studies is “thinking about the struggle.”

“The struggle is based on the belief that we have a right. We have the right to ask this university to change, we have the right to ask this university to reflect our experiences, the needs of our community, ”said Cheng-Miaw.

Esther Kim Lee, a professor of theater studies and a director of international comparative studies and director of the Asian American and Diaspora Studies Program, began her position at ADS and discussed that there was no room, support or staff for the program.

Lee He cited delays in the implementation of new certification programs in 2016 and the inability to create a small program apart from the existing ones as structural issues.[make] According to Asian American studies, it is difficult to start even a new, innovative, exciting field.

Lee’s kind of lack of resources. “I am doing what I can. I hit a lot of walls. ”

But the students who advocated for the program argued that it was “to fight as much as possible.” [she] He can, ”Lee said.

Over 20 years of mobilization, I am truly honored to be at the foundation of this program, and I truly use every ounce of energy I have to build a program.

AADS gobing scholar Rachel Kuo spoke about the relevance of national studies, particularly in national, political discussions, and the impact of modern technology.

“I think it’s kind of quick to organize and ask these places to find out how important it is to press the intellectual and political questions that arise from non-neutral and politically committed research,” Kuo said.

There is a shortage of space for cultural organizations, including Mi Jinte President Sebastian Ochoan.

“Over the past few years, there has been a huge influx of Latin American student organizations. I’m sure this will be true for Asian and local student organizations,” Ochoa said.

“Obviously, there is a growing demand for representation on the campus,” Ochowa said.

Mariam Arain, Student Development Coordinator for the Muslim Life Center, led the group in Pranama breathing exercises. With themselves.

“Your well-being will make your soul, your vision and your mind sharp and your material clear to heal. Continue the lesson. Be the guardian of the visions rather than the pain, ”said Arain.

Anna Starti, an assistant professor of gender, sexuality and feminism studies, said ethnic studies were “a version of institutional and pure third world studies” and that it was important to understand discipline as “related.”

“Thinking in a relationship is not easy, but it is an important step in togetherness,” Stortti said.

“I am proposing to separate Asian American studies from Asian Americans. By doing so, we can analyze the realities of Asia and the material world. So we, the people of color, find many ways to challenge and disperse power.

Elmer Orelana, former student development coordinator at the Center for Multicultural Affairs, spoke about the importance of cultural spaces on campus.

To bring cooperation between our groups, we need ourselves, our whole identity, where we can be together. And my hope, you know, this is the last time to ask for places to feel that we are a place, that it is important to us, ”said Orelana.

“Even after the establishment of the Cultural Studies Center, there is still work to be done,” said Celine Way, a high school student.


Prita Ramacandran
| Senior Editor

Pritta Ramacandran is a senior editor of Trinity Jr. and the 117th volume of Chronicles.

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