PROMOTING CULTURAL DIVERSITY
Culture needs to be understood as dynamic; multifacted; embedded in context; influenced by social, economic and political factors; created and socially constructed.
OUR CULTURAL EVENTS
- Our cultural events are programmed to be both important and meaningful for sisters and the Columbia community alike. Our wide spectrum of events are engaging and knowledge-enriching, provide a safe environment for discussion, and encourage development of ideas and future action.
- We also hold events that are less political, but equally educational and fun!
In Fall 2007, we learned about decolonization and immigration in Asian countries through the making of certain finger foods. Not only did everyone get to make their own Vietnamese summer roll, but we also learned about how it has evolved due to the many influences that had impacted the Vietnamese culture.
- Our events focus on a wide range of topics: from education to immigration, to history, to human trafficking and to body image. One semester, we invited Margarita Tan to speak and do a spoken word performance in celebration of the beginning of Women’s History Month. Another semester, we invited immigration attorneys and community leaders to our Immigration Law and Community Action Panel, which touched upon the perspectives of the expanded offenses following federal immigration reform in 1996 and other legislation that affect the lives of immigrants, as well as surrounding communities today.
- BODY IMAGE is not just an issue that affects the Asian American community but the general population as well, so we wanted to have a campus wide discussion on the issue in hopes of provoking our fellow students to think about the issue. We held discussions and workshops on issues regarding the Asian American female identity, events that revolved around the issues of body image and how Asian American women have higher suicidal risk factors than any other racial group.
- We make sure to connect not only with sisters within the sorority, but with other Asian American student organizations as well to foster a strong Asian and Asian American community on campus. This past semester, sisters performed in Liga Filipina’s annual showcase as well as walked the runway in Asian American Alliance’s cultureSHOCK and Korean Student Association’s Surge fashion show. In addition, we’ve co-sponsored with other student organizations and hosted discussions and Q&A sessions.
- As of Spring 2008, we’ve had 25 cultural events since our charters crossed 9 semesters ago.
- We host at least 2 cultural events every semester.
- Many sisters are involved with and hold E-Board positions in various cultural organizations throughout campus. To name a few, we have sisters in Asian American Alliance, Asian Pacific American Awareness Month, Columbia Japan Society, Korean Students Association, Liga Filipina, Vietnamese Students Association, and many more.
- Dumplings and Karaoke
Co-hosted with Korean Students Association
- Rollin’ with the Kappas
Taught campus the history and the strategy to making sushi rolls
Spring 2004, Fall 2004
- Curry in a Hurry
Co-hosted with Columbia Japan Society
- Chinese Calligraphy Workshop
Invited Professor Wang (Columbia), an expert on calligraphy to speak on the its history and to demonstrate some words.
- Asian American Alliance Celebrasian
Kappa step performance
- Screening of Iron Jawed Angels
Discussed its implications and its take on the Women’s Progressive Movement.
- Seal Engraving Workshop
Taught history of seals and how to make personal seals from ancient times
- Screening of Infernal Affairs
Co-hosted with Asian Pacific American Awareness Month
- Sushi Rolling Workshop
Demonstration for all resident advisors campus-wide.
- Rollin’ with the Kappas and Pis
Co-hosted with Columbia Pi Delta Psi – taught strategy of making sushi rolls.
- Kang Chol-Hwan
Co-hosted with Columbia Liberation in North Korea.
- The Chopsticks-Fork Principle
Invited Cathy Bao Bean to campus to discuss bicultural issues and to read excerpts from her memoir, The Chopsticks-Fork Principle.
- Self Defense Workshop
Invited a self defense trainer to educate the public on self-defense.
- Polaris Project: Human Trafficking & Modern Day Slavery
Invited a speaker from the Polaris Project to discuss the importance and relevance of human trafficking.
- Interracial Dating Roundtable Discussion
Discussed the taboos and issues concerning interracial dating.
- Chaplain James Yee
Co-hosted with several cultural organizations on campus to bring him to speak on his experiences in Guantanamo Bay.
- Opening of Women’s History Month
Invited spoken word artist and activist Margarita Tan to examine power and privilege as experienced by her, personally and culturally.
- Cultural Determinants of Asian Immigrant Communities
Invited Professor Hu (Hunter College) to discuss the issue of silence within Asian immigrant education.
- Finger Foods
Discussed decolonization and immigration in Asian countries while making of finger foods.
- Immigration Law & Community Action Panel
Panel of community organizers and attorneys discussing their perspectives on various immigration acts.
- Body Image with Regina Park
Screened her film Never Perfect and discussed social conflicts of body image.
- Teen Suicide Workshop
Invited members of the outreach team from the Columbia Counseling and Psychological Services to discuss suicide prevention and how it affects Asian American women specifically.
- Liga Filipina Barrio
Sisters acted and performed traditional Filipino dances as well as a contemporary hip-hop dance.
- Asian American Alliance: CultureSHOCK Performance
Sisters participated in a fashion show featuring Asian American designers.
- Korean Students Association: SURGE
Sisters participated in the fashion show.