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!!


Foxwoods’ attemps at building slots parlor in Chinatown has been stopped!


Lovely news! As you may or may not know, BMC ASA has been involved in the past with the Anti-Casino Campaign in Philly, which aimed to stop the building of a slots parlor at The Gallery in Center City. Recently, Foxwoods’ slots license was extended on the condition that the casino stay at the Waterfront. Regardless, many Philadephians are still against the building of ANY casino in the city due to the harmful effects a casino have on community members. The following is taken from the AAU (Asian Americans United, an organization which became the forefront of the Anti-Casino Campaign) website (, please read up when you have time, thanks!!!

Stopping Foxwoods in the Heart of Our City. Continuing the fight on the Waterfront.

No Casinos photo

We have achieved one of the major goals of our campaign. We stopped Foxwoods from building a slots parlor in the heart of our city.

At a public hearing on Friday, August 28th, the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board extended Foxwoods’ slots license for another 21 months, with the condition that Foxwoods stick to its licensed site at the waterfront in South Philadelphia.

  • Foxwoods’ attempt to locate in center city has been rebuffed.
  • Foxwoods investor, Ron Rubin’s attempt to become Foxwoods’ landlord as well has been foiled.
  • Philadelphia’s political elite’s attempt to force a Center City casino on Philadelphian has been denied.

Now, as Foxwoods faces the choice of building at the waterfront or no place at all, it does so in an extremely weakened state. The casino industry is tanking nationwide. Here in the Philadelphia area, we see more and more casinos scrapping over a limited customer base. The tribe that is partnering with local investors to run Foxwoods needs to restructure $2 billion of debt and is at risk of defaulting on its loans. The credit market is tight, limiting almost all new construction. Foxwoods’ credibility is at an all-time low; even casino-boosters like the PA Gaming Control Board are questioning Foxwoods’ capacity and will to get a slot parlor up and running.

You joined us in a fight that everybody said could not be won. Since the start of this struggle, we have understood the powerful array of forces lined up against us. And despite all the naysayers who said that we should be quiet and accept the inevitable, we have added our strength to those who have kept casinos from breaking ground in Philadelphia to date. Foxwoods’ forced retreat from Chinatown and Center City marks one more important step in the long battle to drive predatory gambling from Philadelphia.

There is More Work To Be Done
It is our Coalition’s stand that slots parlors do not belong near any neighborhood. It wasn’t right for Chinatown and Center City to be saddled with casino. Neither is it right for the people of Pennsport, South Philadelphia, Fishtown or Northern Liberties to be saddled with one.

We also understand that casinos profit by promoting addiction and impoverishing their customers, and the threat of this predatory business extends beyond neighborhood boundaries.

We also need to be vigilant and guard against future casino intrusion into Center City. If Foxwoods fails to meet the conditions of the Gaming Control Board, their license would be revoked and new casino developers sought – which might mean a return to the center city site.

We are encouraged by the recent events, and we are inspired to press on to eliminate the threat of predatory gambling in our city.

Posted by: Cynthia K.

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!

Helen Zia at Bryn Mawr mentioned in the Bi-Co News!

Former Ms. Editor Helen Zia Speaks at Bryn Mawr

By Cho Park

The Asian Student Association welcomed Helen Zia to Bryn Mawr College on Wednesday, April 24. An activist for Asian-American, gay, and women’s rights, Zia talked about the importance of student activism.

To give the audience an idea of how she came to be an activist, Zia spent time describing her childhood. She was born in New Jersey to second generation immigrants at a time when few Asian Americans were living in the United States.

“Names I got to know very well were ‘chink,’ ‘gook,’ ‘kamikaze,’ ‘Hindu,’ ‘slit,’ and ‘dragon lady.’ You see, I was taught to be proud of my heritage from my immigrant parents, but they didn’t know how to teach me [to be] American,” she said.

Growing up, Zia’s parents taught her about many aspects of Asian cultural. Of these traits, her family considered obedience to parents, female submissiveness, and the three obediences of Confucius—the daughter must obey the father, the wife must obey the husband, and the widow must obey the son—to be the most important.

“Even as a girl, I knew something was very wrong with this system. However, even when I wanted to speak up, I always got messages from the society that it didn’t really matter, so I didn’t,” said Zia. “That’s why I feel like today, the biggest challenge for groups that aren’t marginalized within society, especially women, is to trust [them]selves and tell the truth of [their] lives, even if we’re so bombarded by these messages from society.”

While learning about internment campuses, the result of unfair discrimination against the Japanese during World War II, and the struggle for women’s rights, Zia discovered that, if she did not like the world the way it was, she had an obligation to change it.

This realization eventually led her to defy her father and go to college instead of becoming a stay-at-home mother. It also led to Zia’s decision to drop out of medical school and move to Detroit, which she had heard was the heartland of America. Zia believed she could truly make significant social change there.

She worked at a plant for two years until a recession led to downsizing in the 1980s. It was during this time that Vincent Chin was murdered in a hate crime and Zia found her role as an activist. Chin’s murderers were sentenced to probation even though the evidence clearly indicated their guilt.

“Asian Americans truly started getting together because of this, even those who had never communicated together before. Even other races that had not cared before, people of consciences, came together to work for basic human dignity and justice. I was very privileged to be a part of that,” Zia said.

Other issues that Zia addressed concerned gay, ethnic, and women’s rights. She challenged the idea that there is no fluidity between activist movements, that a person can only work for one cause. Anyone who works for any type of rights are part of one movement, she said.

Zia also emphasized early action, and not waiting for a ‘big’ issue to galvanize people into action. Instead, it is important to be unified and organized to bring about change.

She said, “Even if you look at issues today, there are no lack of ‘big’ issues, if ‘big’ even exists. There are constant issues that affect the Asian American community.”

Zia concluded with a take home message for everyone:

“This is a critical time to be a college student, as an Asian American , as a woman, and as a person. In the midst of the most demographic shift that this country has ever had, we can start to look at Americans as a race with no majority race at all, but all minority. We don’t know what history is going to record about this great time period. However, this is your time and whatever you do today and these years is critically important. I really hope you all raise a lot of hell.”

This article is © 2008 The Bi-College News. The material on this page is free for personal or educational use, but may not be reproduced, reprinted, republished, redistributed, or otherwise transmitted to a third party without the express written permission of The Bi-College News, 370 Lancaster Ave, Haverford, PA 19041.



Okay so following right after the first blog post I wanted to let everyone know that HELEN ZIA, GAY RIGHTS AND ASIAN AMERICAN CIVIL RIGHTS ACTIVIST, IS COMING TO BRYN MAWR ON WEDNESDAY, APRIL 22ND at 8 PM in DALTON 300!! COME AND BRING ALL YOUR FRIENDS!!!!


HELEN ZIA is the author of “Asian American Dreams: The Emergence of an American People”, a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize. President Bill Clinton quoted from “Asian American Dreams” at two separate speeches in the Rose Garden. She is also co-author, with Wen Ho Lee, of “My Country Versus Me”, which reveals what happened to the Los Alamos scientist who was falsely accused of being a spy for China in the “worst case since the Rosenbergs.” Her work on the 1980s Asian American landmark civil rights case of anti-Asian violence is documented in the Academy Award nominated film, “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” and she was profiled in Bill Moyers’ PBS documentary, “Becoming American: The Chinese Experience”. Zia and her spouse were married during the gay weddings that took place in San Francisco during President’s Day weekend of 2004, and again in 2008 when the California Supreme Court ruled that same-sex couples are entitled to marriage equality.