Category Archives: Bryn Mawr Events

ASA Student-Faculty Tea this Thursday!

Come out for ASA’s first Student-Faculty Tea of the year! Mingle with APIA professors, ask about experiences or upcoming courses, enjoy delicious refreshments and chill with ASA!

SAVE THE DATE: THIS THURSDAY NOVEMBER 19, 2009 from 4:30-6:30 at Wyndham House Blue Room!

Professors attending:

Experimental filmmaker
Assistant Professor of English, Queer Cinema & Film Studies

YONGLIN JIANG, Ph.D., University of Minnesota
President, Society for Ming Studies
Assistant Professor, East Asian Studies Dept.

PAULINE LIN, Ph.D, Harvard University
Assistant Professor and EAS major advisor, East Asian Studies Dept.

XUEMEI CHENG, Ph.D, John Hopkins University
Assistant Professor, Physics Department

DENISE F. SU, Ph.D, New York University
Assistant Professor, Anthropology Dept.

DIANNA XU, Ph.D, University of Pennsylvania
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Dept.

And more!!


ASA & CDA Co-sponsored Mental Health Meeting

15.93% of U.S.-born Asian American women have contemplated suicide in their lifetime.

(national estimate for all Americans: 13.5%)

Asian Americans between ages 18 and 34 have the highest estimates of thinking about, planning and attempting suicide of any age group.

The Asian Students Association (ASA) and BMC Community Diversity Assistants are co-sponsoring a meeting about depression and suicide within the Asian Pacific Islander Community. Please join us to learn more and discuss about this important issue that may be affecting members in our own communities.

WHAT: ASA & CDA Mental Health Meeting
WHEN: Wednesday, Nov. 11th @ 9PM
WHERE: Dalton 2


ASA & BrIC “Noodle” Film Screening

Join the Asian Student Association (ASA) and the Bryn Mawr Israel Coalition (BrIC) for a screening of the film Noodle.

Noodle movie poster

There will be refreshments, and we will be having a discussion about the movie afterwards.

At thirty-seven, Miri is a twice-widowed, El Al flight attendant. Her well-regulated existence is suddenly turned upside down by an abandoned Chinese boy whose migrant-worker mother has been summarily deported from Israel. The film is a touching comic-drama in which two human beings — as different from each other as Tel Aviv is from Beijing — accompany each other on a remarkable journey, one that takes them both back to a meaningful life.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009
8:00pm – 10:00pm
Thomas 224

ASA’s Cup Noodle Study Break!

Overwhelmed by academia?
Simply craving some cup noodles?

Come and join us for our first ever CUP NOODLE STUDY BREAK at 9PM this WEDNESDAY, NOV. 4 in DALTON 2!!

Chill and relax as you eat yummy cup noodles, meet and get to know other ASA members better, and hear about more events for ASA, including our upcoming ELECTIONS for the 09-10 ASA BOARD!!

So close that textbook/laptop/notebook this Wednesday and come on over :) See you there!!


ASA 2009 Culture Show reviewed in The Bi-Co News Online

ASA Culture Show Review

By Julie O’Neil

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Section: Arts

This past weekend was the Asian Students Association’s annual culture show, and it was quite the night, filled with interesting acts and unique perspectives. The show, which dozens of Bryn Mawr students and community members attended, was titled “Asian America: Diversity United.” The performance was held, as usual, in Thomas Great Hall on Saturday night.

The show began with a PSA that encapsulated what the co-heads of the show, Christina Lee ‘12 and Amanda Loo ‘12, wanted to convey throughout the night. They wanted to prove first that all Asian-Americans are not the same. They have different life experiences, diverse backgrounds, and, yes, even distinct cultures within the Asian community. At the same time, the pair also wanted the show to highlight the obstacles that all Asian-Americans face.

To prove this fact, the show employed various mediums of expression and included students and performers from a wide range of Asian countries. For instance, the impressive Pan-Asian Dance Troupe from the University of Pennsylvania returned to the culture show and performed both a traditional Chinese fan dance and a traditional Japanese bon dance.

One of the acts that I particularly enjoyed was the opening act of the hula dancing performance. The performance featured a handful of Bryn Mawr students and showcased the beautiful and tranquil style of dancing. I think it’s great that this group exists on campus as it gives anyone, not just students of Asian-American identity, an opportunity to take part in something rich with tradition within the Asian culture.

The crowd-pleaser performances were definitely the karate demonstration, which showcased four different styles, all set to music and featuring a very adorable little boy fighting a grown man with what I believe was an actual spear of some kind and coming out the victor, and also the outspoken poetry of Yellow Rage. Vicky Chu ‘12 and Jessica Wong ‘12 performed the somewhat vulgar but ultimately amazingly feminist and strong-willed piece about what it’s like to battle adversity and sexism in a misogynistic world that left the audience cheering.

Also featured throughout the show were diary-style videos from members of the Bryn Mawr community—both students and also members of the Admissions staff. In the videos, subjects talked about their own experiences as Asian-Americans and what it was like to grow up in this melting pot of a country. I was particularly struck by Peaches Valdes’ commentary on how, in high school, she never saw herself as Philippina-American but, rather, simply Asian-American. Coming to Bryn Mawr as a student changed this view when she was able to meet women from numerous countries and was then able to connect with her own home country.

The few problems I had with the culture show were actually ones of practicality, rather than ones of substance. The show ran a very long time—about two and a half hours—and by the end, I was getting restless. Also, and to combat the length issue, I would have liked to have seen less of the outside performances and more of Bryn Mawr students performing. The karate performance and several of the dance performances were by groups outside of Bryn Mawr and I think that took away from the special nature of this showcasing of the Asian-American community here on campus.

Overall, the show was very enjoyable. I always like coming to the culture shows because of just that: the culture. I enjoy learning about a culture of which I am not a part and getting to see the art and creativity of that culture displayed by a talented group of Bryn Mawr’s own student body.

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Come out for one of ASA’s biggest events of the year, our annual culture show!!

Watch amazing performances by both students and guest performers– this year’s Special Guest Performers are TAIYO NA and DEREK “DIRECT” KAN from MAGNETIC NORTH!!

Food will be served on a first come, first serve basis and there will be an after party in Pem East to follow!

Come and be inspired!

For more information, visit the facebook event site:


First General meeting of the ’09-’10 school year!

Hello everyone!

ASA will be having its First General Meeting this WEDNESDAY at 9PM in DALTON 2!!

Come out and be introduced to different topics in Asian America and what ASA is all about.

Other exciting news: our upcoming ASA Culture Show in October as well as the Philadelphia Asian American Film Festival. Find out how you can be a part of it!

And did we mention yummy snacks from H-Mart? :)


Snacks provided!!


Welcome Class of ’13!!!!

The Bryn Mawr ASA would like to give a big warm welcome to the Class of 2013! We are so psyched to meet all of you :) Please stop by our table at Bryn Mawr’s upcoming Fall Frolic to get to know more about ASA and meet some of our members! See you very soon!

And now, introducing the members of our ASA Board 2009…


“YEAHHHH 2013!!!!!!! I’m so excited to meet you beautiful ladies and I hope you all consider becoming an active part of the ASA family! Come stop by our table at Fall Frolic and say hi to me if you see me around campus. I’ll even help you scheme against evil sophomores if necessary MUAHAHA ;)” -Cynthia
Name: Cynthia Kuang
Position in ASA Board: Co-President
Year: the BEST year – 2011 (sister class woot!)
Major: East Asian Studies
What did you do this summer?: Intern at NYU’s CSAAH
Best Summer Memory: Rooftop picnic right underneath Fourth of July fireworks in NYC
Favorite movie: Hmm…I don’t have any favorite movies, but I do have favorite TV shows/dramas! American: Law & Order SVU / Chinese: Devil Beside You, Prince Turns Into Frog & TVB’s Rosy Business
“Hello sister class! Welcome to Bryn Mawr! I hope to see you all around this year :)” -Jackie
Name: Jackie Kim
Position in ASA Board: Co-President
Year: 2011
Major: Sociology
What did you do this summer?: taught 15 adorable kindergartners
Favorite movie: no favorites but I like comedy, action, and war movies

Name: Ruilin Xu
Position in ASA Board: Treasurer
Year: 2011
Major: Economics
What did you do this summer?: Went to Java/Bali for a 10-week-long research program.
Best Summer Memory: Motorbike rides to the Merapi Mountain in Java ; parasailing with friend; dinner on the beach; …and met many new cool people!
Favorite movie: constantly changing. Angels and Demons is my favorite movie this year.


“Hey ladies! I met a lot of friends through ASA my freshman year, and I can’t wait to meet you all!” -Vicky
Name: Vicky Chu
Position in ASA Board:
Year: 2012
Major: English
What did you do this summer?: read the Times, lounge around illegally downloading music, borrow real library books, jog roughly five minutes a day, and wander around the best city in the world.
Best summer memory: failing my road test… just kidding, discovering a magical bridge
Favorite movie: Moulin Rouge
“Yayyy class of  ’13!!! I’m so excited for all the things happening for you guys and ASA this year :)” -Elaine
Name: Elaine Choi
Position in ASA Board: Publicity Chair
Year: 2010
Major: Cultural Anthropology
What did you do this summer?: Worked as an intern in sunny Los Angeles with the Korean American Coalition and CBS2/KCAL9.
Best Summer Memory: Too many to choose from, but one of them would be eating yummy takeout burgers and sweet potato fries in Santa Monica.. on the beach…mmmm. (yes, that’s exactly what I am doing in my picture)
Favorite movie: As of now, 500 Days of Summer!

ASA Culture Show Co-Heads 2009!

The ASA Board is proud to announce the selection of the 2009 Culture Show Co-heads!

Amanda Loo ’12 and Christina Lee ’12 will be working with the ASA Board this fall in preparation for the upcoming fall culture show. If anyone is interested in helping out (contributing ideas, volunteering, etc…), please do not hesitate to contact Christina ( and Amanda ( or anyone else on the 2009 ASA Board.  Every little bit of help is greatly appreciated!

We are very excited about the prospect of working with Amanda and Christina and we have no doubt they’ll do a fantastic job steering the culture show. Welcome on-board and good luck ladies!