The University of Colorado at Boulder presents CollaborAsian, the first Asian American Awareness Pacific Islander month. Throughout the month will be opportunities for you to learn about leadership, diverse cultures, social justice and community. These events include culture shows, discussions regarding identity negotiation, a film screening of sensational documentary "Uploaded" and more. For more information please contact Aaron Porras at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The CollaborAsian committee comprises of eight different student organizations at CU. Our goal is raise awareness among the public about issues affecting the Asian American/Pacific Islander community by presenting and discussing issues during our roundtable discussion.
There will also be a screening of the documentary, "Uploaded: The Asian American Movement," which explores the visibility of Asian Americans in pop culture since the inception of new media such as YouTube. The documentary focuses on the current struggles and success of important Asian Americans in the areas of music, film and dance, from both new media creators and longtime industry professionals. Five years ago, we couldn't name more than 10 recognizable Asian entertainers in mainstream America and the few that we could name only played stereotypical roles like "the Nerd" or the "Martial Artist." Even more problematic was the lack of acknowledgement of this problem by the general public. However, in the past few years, groups of young Asian American artists have begun to emerge in entertainment with roots in new media.
Our group also strives to provide the public the opportunity to learn about the different Asian cultures that exist within our campus. During the second week of March there will be an Asian American Pacific Islander potluck, which will be a gathering for everyone to come and celebrate diversity through the sharing of a variety of foods. During our culture shows everyone will get an opportunity to learn about various cultures through student performances and presentations by guest speakers. You will also have the opportunity to experience food from each culture. During the month of March there will be three different culture shows. Culture Shock, hosted by Pi Delta Psi Fraternity Incorporated and Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority Incorporated, is a display of the many talents pertaining to culture, including Bollywood dancing, a cappella singing and much more. There are also two others shows, including one hosted by Hmong Student Association of Colorado and , Korean American Students at Boulder that demonstrates their culture through performances and food.
Finally, we also strive to support Asian Americans into pursuing higher education. There is a misconception that many AAPI students are gifted academically and will therefore enroll in post-high school education, but many high school AAPI students do not pursue higher education for a number of reasons. For this reason, CollaborAsian will be organizing two fundraisers. One will be a fundraiser at California Pizza Kitchen at Twenty Ninth Street Mall in Boulder. The second fundraiser is a party at City Hall. All funds will proceed to a scholarship up to $1,000 for an incoming Asian American student at the University of Colorado at Boulder. If you are interested in applying for this please contact Aaron for more details.