Lunar New Year

ASA’s annual LUNAR NEW YEAR was a success!!


DOORS opened @ 6, SHOW started @ 7:00


-Special GuestS:
Penn Lions

Special thanks to all of the volunteers who helped make this night the night it was!


Black, White, Whatever!

Kelly Tsai

An evening with spoken word artist, Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai

Friday, April 2
8-9 PM
Campus Center Lounge

Refreshments will be provided.

“Spoken word artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai has been featured in over 400 performances worldwide at venues including the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, the House of Blues, the Apollo Theater, Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, and three seasons of the award-winning “Russell Simmons Presents HBO Def Poetry.” The author of Inside Outside Outside Inside (2004) and Thought Crimes (2005) and the CD Infinity Breaks (2006), Tsai has shared stages with Mos Def, KRS-One, Sonia Sanchez, Talib Kweli, Erykah Badu, Amiri Baraka, and many more.  (”

Watch one of Kelly’s performance videos at:
Black, White, Whatever

ASA Lunar New Year Celebration

Come join Bryn Mawr’s ASA in celebrating the Lunar New Year with a DELICIOUS and FREE DINNER while learning about the history of the holiday!

When: Tuesday, February 9th
Where: Thomas Great Hall

Dress is semi-formal.


We will also be selling T-Shirts for $5.
You can choose to either have your proceeds benefit Haiti Relief or AAU (Asian Americans United)


You can access the facebook page for this event at:  (RSVPING ON FACEBOOK IS NOT ENOUGH,YOU MUST EMAIL PYIU@BRYNMAWR.EDU)


Hope to see you there!

ASA Pre-Hell Week Tea!

Don’t have a heller/hellee and would like to find one? 
Than come to ASA’s pre-hell week tea! 
We will have ice-breaker games and snacks will be provided!

When? Tuesday, February 2
Time? 7-8pm
Where? Dalton 2!

The theme of the tea is a Traffic Light Par-Tea!
Wear green if you’re looking for a heller/hellee.
Wear red if you have already have a heller or have enough hellees.
Wear yellow if you either have a hellee but want more or if you’d like more than one heller!

Or wear whatever you’d like and come for a fun time! =)


Feel free to bring friends.

Hope to see you there!

High School Conversations with Swarthmore SAO – working with the local community

Swarthmore’s SAO has reached out to BMC ASA about High School Conversations. This event is a great opportunity (esp. for education minors!) to reach out to local high school students through mentorship. SAO members in the past have had positive experiences speaking with local high schoo students about their experiences from many angles (life, college and identity). SAO plans on having another college day this Saturday, Nov. 21st (tentative). If anyone wants to participate, please do not hesitate to contact Arthur Chyan asap ( Thank you!


I want to introduce you to High School Conversations.

High School Conversations is an attempt to involve Swarthmore students with the broader community – specifically local Asian, Pacific Islander, Asian American, Pacific Islander American (API/A) high school students. Through facilitating interactions between these two populations, we hope to achieve two goals: 1) give college students an opportunity to learn about other perspectives on life and identity from a diverse group of local high school students and give back to the community beyond the college campus and 2) provide local API/A high school students with role models who look like them and also offer them with supportive environments to learn about college and identity.

We thought that our pilot program last year, which included a Saturday to get to know the high school students + offer them information about college options was a great success.  This year, we hope to recreate that day, and we recently successfully applied for funding!

At this time, we hope to open up the event to include Tri-Co participants too! It’s a chance for you to interact with the local community and pass on knowledge to an underserved population (many of these students come from single parent households below the poverty line and they don’t have sufficient college counseling).  If you are interested in meeting local students, acting as a mentor and/or want to work on a community project, please contact ASAP.

We are aiming for this college day to take place on Saturday, November 21st, but it’s still tentative.  ALSO, there will be events next semester where you can work with these students too!  They’re really great people, and I hope you can join us in interacting with them!!



Film Screening at Haverford’s MCC: “The Visitor”

Amnesty International will be showing “The Visitor” in the Multicultural Center this Friday at 7.30pm. This Academy Award nominated film promises to be both deeply moving and highly entertaining. “The Visitor” highlights the issues surrounding immigrant rights in the US. This is definitely not a film to miss!

WHEN: Friday, Nov. 20th — 7:30-9:30pm
WHERE: Haverford MCC

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!!


Lieutenant Daniel Choi, Asian American LGBT Activist at UPenn

UPenn will be hosting a night of dinner and discussion with Lieutenant Daniel Choi
Thursday, November 19th in Houston Hall’s Hall of Flags!

Lt. Dan Choi

Lieutenant Dan Choi was a Korean American infantry officer who translated Arabic for the Army. He graduated from West Point, served twice in Iraq, and then joined the New York National Guard. In March 2009, he told the world he was gay on national television and 140,000 supporters signed a letter to President Obama and Congress asking them not to fire him. Unfortunately, the government did nothing and Lt. Choi has been dishonorably discharged in accordance with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Lt. Choi has become the face of the campaign to repeal Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. UPenn is bringing him to campus to share his experiences as a gay Korean American man in the military, and then leading a discussion on the intersection between the LGBT and Asian American communities and how it relates to our campus and our peers.

Organized by UPenn’s Asian Pacific Student Coalition, Queer People of Color, Sangam, and the LGBT Center with generous support from the Intercultural Fund, SPEC Connaissance, and Tangible Change.

WHAT: An Evening with Lt. Daniel Choi at UPenn
WHERE: Houston Hall, Hall of Flags
WHEN: Thursday, Nov. 19th, 5-8pm

For more information, please visit the Facebook Event page:

Asian American & Canadian web series LUMINA, written and directed by a Bryn Mawr Alum! (class of ’92)

Hong Kong’s very own romantic fantasy web series LUMINA makes the jump from the little screen to the big screen! This past weekend, over 3,500 festival attendees got the chance to catch the first webisode of LUMINA on the big screen at the Clockenflap Music & Multi-Media Arts Festival held at Cyberport, Hong Kong.

Please find attached the full press release as well as the new LUMINA poster (high resolution and low resolution). The whole nine webisode first season season is now available to view on and on our American web TV distribution partner,; reviews of the first season are welcome!

Interviews with cast and the writer/director Jen Thym are available upon request. Thank you very much!

Best regards,
Jen Thym

LUMINA poster

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