So what should our action be? (curatorial statement)

Heading into this quarter, I was excited for our class because I had taken three classes cross-listed under Asian American Studies and they were great. All three of them were also under African American studies, though, so I felt as if other classes in the department might offer a different perspective. This class did exactly…

On Disability (Professor Cynthia Wu’s 12/1 Lecture)

As a disclaimer of sorts, I spent not just a little bit of time during the lecture feeling kind of intimidated by the atmosphere of adult in the Wildcat Room, like, wow is this what more formal/official academia and intelligent conversation is like, I feel smarter already just by being here. But also, she brought…

[CURATORIAL STATEMENT] Why does this matter? A self-interview.

Why does this matter? A self-interview and reflection. Interviewer and interviewee: Karen J. Santos   Why did you choose to take this course? If you ask my close friends, they will tell you I took this course as a prerequisite requirement. If you ask me, I would say the same thing. Though, I will add…

[UPDATED] Dear Sophia

Dear Sophia, Like many people who may have written about this matter, I too have an issue with your response in defense of your mother, Chua. Yet, it is because it reminds me too much of myself and my own mother. Although, my mother is Hispanic, and I suppose she also is not as strict…

[UPDATED] Reformative Radical or Radical Reformist? Approaches in Media Activism

As we have mentioned in class discussion, media representation of People of Color is an extremely important issue that must be recognized in the discourse of social justice. Media representation can be used by different people to discern the dominant sets of ideas surrounding certain groups, support hegemonic stereotyping of marginalized identities, and/or alter traditional…

Theory of [my] Flesh: A Curatorial Statement

We’re awkwardly sitting in Olive Mountain, the only two people in the entire restaurant. He’s a half-Chinese half-Italian guy that I agreed to go on a first date with a mere four days after the recent election. I think more than anything, I just wanted a brief, fun distraction from what was happening in the…

Mapping Clark Economic Zone [REVISED]

Maps are often taken quite literally at face value. They are relied upon to give us an objective picture of a place. However, the points of interest on a map represent quite subjective decisions about what to show to the world and what should be obscured and left out. An analysis of the various maps…

No Fly No Buy [REVISED]

Terrorism is defined by the FBI as “acts dangerous to human life that violate federal or state law” and “appear intended (i) to intimidate or coerce a civilian population; (ii) to influence the policy of a government by intimidation or coercion; or (iii) to affect the conduct of a government by mass destruction, assassination or…

Unmasking the Invisible: a Curatorial Statement

While intersectionality has a been a buzzword in the social consciousness for a long time, through this course I began to truly understand it. Understanding how identity intersects at the margins, and how it can be co-opted to maintain white hegemony was central to my blog posts. In my first blog post, I investigated how…

Sexualities and Research Directions

Since my first year in college, I’ve been interested in sexuality studies. Since the first sociology class I took on sexuality and biomedicine in the context of HIV/AIDS, I’ve taken many classes which revolve around gender and sexuality, culture and society, public health and biomedicine. As an undergraduate research fellow, I’ve been doing research with…

Curatorial Statment: X Marks ____

I felt more selfish than usual in this class. No other class has encouraged or even allowed me to simultaneously explore movies, the fascinating power of Facebook, and myself. I began this project with an analysis of the Love Life of an Asian Guy, a popular Facebook page created by a straight, woke, angry Asian…