ASAM Expo 2011 

From 2011-2015, the Asian American Studies Program held an end of the year annual event that featured and celebrated the program and the accomplishments of its undergraduate students, including graduating minors. It showcased exhibits from Asian American Studies classes and key program initiatives like the Community Engagement Project. Recipients of the ASAM Expo Grants (funded by the AANAPISI Initiative), for critical and creative work, presented their research in a variety of forms and fields, from stop-motion animation to anthropological research, scientific experiments, children's health books, photography, and video.

ASAM Expo Grants for Undergraduate Research and the Arts 2010-2011

Congratulations to 2010-2011 Expo Grant recipients!

Frances Lauren Cedro, "Well...Asian...Not So Much: Viewing Chicago's Built Environment through the Prism of Asian Pacific Islander Experience," mentor Prof. Anna Guevarra. History/Social Sciences/Art History.

Much of the discussion on race and its relationship to Chicago's built environment is dominated by the White-Black-Latina paradigm while the Asian-Pacific Islander (API) experience continues to be overlooked. Lauren's research focuses on the oft neglected history of discriminatory policies against Chicago's API community and how this history reinforces the city's present reality.

Yangfeifei Gao, mentor Prof. Mary Anne Mohanraj. Science.

Yangfeifei Gao explores the relationship between personality traits and pain threshold in healthy participants. Specifically, she tests whether pain threshold is predicted by positive or negative emotionality, behaviorial inhibition or approach, anxiety, sensitivity, anxiety control, or experimenter gender. She also tests whether participant gender moderates any of these relationships.

Vidya Govind-Thomas, "Eye of the Beholder," mentor Prof. Mary Anne Mohanraj. Dance.

We each spend a significant amount of time pursuing happiness. Every action in our life is fueled by the desperate desire to increase the amount of joy we experience. How do we do this? In the "Eye of the Beholder" using Bharantanatyam (Indian classical dance form), and concepts from the philosophy behind Hinduism, Vidya attempts to explain how dance is a manifestation of beauty.

Anothai Kaewkaen, mentor Prof. Mary Anne Mohanraj. Poetry.

"Prince Thammathibet (1705-1750). Prince Thammathibet was the most prominent poet in Thailand's Ayutthaya kingdom. Anothai presents the Prince's love poems for the first time in English translations and suggests the potential of verse-in translation in the creation of more authentic representation of Asians in American literature.

Bing Liu, Khanh Than, Youme Landowne, and Hai Nguyen Ly, "Nuoc and Reflexions," mentors Prof. Anna Guevarra and Prof. Karen Su. Art/Multimedia/Photography. (See link at bottom of this page for PDF of the Project.)

The team presents Nuoc (the documentary) and Reflexions (the comic), which were produced as part of a dialogue engaging two Vietnamese immigrant narratives of assimilation into American Society and culture.

Kenneth Onishi, mentor Dr. Jason Yee. Science.

The Prairie Vole is the model species for studying social behavior in the laboratory. In Kenneth's research, a pair-bonded male and female (focal) vole were places on one side of a divided cage. The pair was then separated, the male was moved to the other side of the divided cage with a novel female. We examined the behavioral effects of this procedure on the focal female.

Krupa Patel, mentor Prof. Karen Su. Art/Multimedia/Photography.

Studies religion, ethnicity, immigration, assimilation, and resistance. Krupa uses photography and sculpture to explore Krupa's own personal history as a South Asian American woman.

Bhashit Shah, "The Brown Guilt," mentor Prof. Anna Guevarra. Spoken Word.

Presents a creative arts project, The Brown Guilt. It is made up of originally composed music and a collection of spoken work poetry, describing the effects of 9/11 and he resulting injustices of South Asian Americans.

Edmar Viloria, mentor Prof. Anna Guevarra and Prof. Garin Cycholl. Theater.

There is violence around the handling of knowledge in relation to ignorance, knowing, and not knowing. Edmar's play reflects different scenes revolving around Asian and Asian American experiences. The scenes include moments focusing on depression in the Asian American family and the different perspectives of sweatshops along with political action.