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Student speakers from various universities including Duke University, Emory University, Georgia State University, the University of Georgia and the University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill will discuss political engagement, activism and initiatives that we as students of the Asian community should strive to achieve. Specifically, we will look at issues in the American South, creating a plan to dismantle various stereotypes of the Asian American. By involving various community members, this discussion is meant to act as a forum for student leaders to create effective programs which will inspire such activism.
The theme for the month is Roots. A progressive series of events, the month builds upon itself, starting with cultural roots, moving towards the development of Asian Americans in history, and arriving at goals and ideas to empower the community. This theme also alludes to the first time that the Asian American community organized itself for a common goal. Forty years before Hawaii earned its statehood, immigrants from China, Japan, Korea and the Phillipines joined together as a working class for fair wages and humane treatment on sugar cane plantations. With the same spirit, we are coming together on a united front to create programming that will educate participants inside and outside the Asian community about our roots, our collective family histories and what it means to be Asian American.