ASAM Expo 2012 

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 2011-2012

Congratulations to 2011-2012 Expo Grant recipients!

Grace Hsueh.

Grace Hsueh is a fiction writer and is in GPPA Pharmacy with an anthropology major, working on a YA fantasy novel about the unbreakable bongs between two brothers.

Asim Qureshi, "Therapeutic Implications of Novel Peptides That Block Herpes Simplex-1 in Virus In Virto."

Asim Qureshi is an Economics major.

Sutikshna Veeravalli.

Sutikshna Veeravalli is an ardent disciple and performer of Bharatanatyam, a South Indian classical dance form. She aspires to expand cultural awareness through her passion for dance and physical difference.

Wen Jun Norman Chen.

Wen Jun Norman Chen is a third year student at UIC double majoring in Creative Writing and Economics. His short film is dedicated to putting the spotlight on Asian Americans and their stories.

Carla Navoa.

Carla Navoa is a proud 1.5 generation Filipina-American and an undocumented, unafraid, and unapologetic immigrant. Carla works as a youth organizer at the Korean American Resource and Cultural Center (KRCC) and coordinates KRCC’s youth leadership council Fighting Youth Shouting Out for Humanity (FYSH).

Poster Presentations

Joyce Mariano, ASAM 210: Asian American Histories. History/Social Sciences/Art History.

Asian and Asian American culture, institutions, and organization; immigration, population, settlement patterns, occupations and poverty; family and ethnic identification; inequality and politics, values, prejudice, discrimination.

Liz Thomson, Asian American Gender & Sexuality Diversity. History/Social Sciences/Art History.

ASAM 263 students are presenting on how they suggest the Chicago Dyke March Collective engages with different constituent groups in the Uptown neighborhood. These groups range from residents, businesses, non-profits and social service agencies, educational units, and politicians. This is relevant because in 2012 and 2013 the Dyke March occurred in this predominantly Vietnamese, immigrant neighborhood.

Anna Guevarra, ASAM 290: Cultural Politics of Asian American Food.

Assignment: Oral History and Recipe Project

This project is part of a larger “food storytelling project” that explores the relationship between identity, history, and/or politics through the prism of food. It documents and explores an individual’s life history by using a food item (“specialty dish”) as a storyteller and a prism through which to explore the memories, stories, and traditions that highlight and give meaning to this individual’s experiences, while situating her/his story in a sociohistorical context. The project is based on an in-depth life history interview and historical research, which culminates in an analytical essay. The display is a visual representation of this essay and the original recipe of a specialty dish.

Rooshey Hasnain, The ASAM Community Engagement Project (CEP) Student Task Force. Activism.

The ASAM Community Engagement Project (CEP) - established in the Fall of 2011 CEP Student task force is part of the AANAPISI grant program. It involves a committed group of students, faculty, and community representatives who come together weekly to tackle issues and projects specific to the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community in greater Chicago. The students will be presenting a timeline of the many activities they have been involved in as part of this exciting new initiative.

Rooshey Hasnain, Group Research Projects, ADOPT’s Task Force, Chinatown Chambers of Commerce, and ASAM CEP (ASAM 290, PSY 396, DHD 593, Honor’s College Capstone). Activism.

Led and directed by Liam Mckeever, Accessible Chinatown is a student project that demonstrates community engagement. Liam brought together a team of students, faculty and community activists to address disability issues in Chinatown. The purpose of this collaborative study is to find innovative ways to bridge the employment gap that Asians with disabilities are facing in Chicago. The study aims to work with local Asian American businesses to examine accessibility issues that could help their businesses while embracing a proactive and inclusive approach to disability issues.

Batchimeg Ganbaatar, marketing major, Honors College Capstone project.