ASA BiCo Social

Want to meet Haverford’s ASA?
Like playing mahjong?
Like video games?
Like pizza?
Then come join us as the BiCo ASAs collaborate!!

Come see their ASA lounge and join in on a game of mahjong or play on their PS2. We will be ordering pizza and plenty of snacks will be provided.

Saturday, October 23
Haverford’s ASA Lounge (In the DC)

**There is a 2:15 blue bus from BMC to Haverford on Saturday**



ASA Summer Internship Panel


Interested in summer internships?
Want to know what your fellow students did this summer?
Want to learn how YOU could obtain a internship?

Then come to our Internship Panel!!

We will have 3 panelists:

Yong Jung Cho ’12: Hospital volunteer and English teacher in India
Sara Davidson ’11: Research with humanoid robotics in South Korea
Ruilin Xu ’11: Intern at an investment banking firm in Philadelphia

They will be sharing their experiences and providing helpful information on how they got the internship, in addition to answering any questions people have.

Dalton 119
Thursday, September 30th

Snacks will be provided.



Get siked for the semester!!

Thank you to everyone that came out last night! What a great turn out! We hope you all stuffed yourselves with moon cake!


If you would like to volunteer for the 2010 Culture Show (held on Saturday, November 20th) please contact our co-heads, Grace McLane and Linda Yoo ( or They are looking for volunteers to perform, create videos, advertise, set up and are always open to more ideas!! It’s a great way to become more involved with ASA!!

They are also planning on bringing singer, Clara Chung, for the Culture Show. If you are unfamiliar with her music, watch some of her songs below, she is fantastic!
Performing at the White House
Performance from Project Korea
Cover of Train’s Soul Sister

ASA is also looking to bring other musical performance this semester, and are particularly interested in bringing Tim Be Told and Vudoo Soul. Below are some of their performances for you to hear, and please leave your feedback as to which you would prefer to bring! We are always happy to hear suggestions!
Vudoo Soul-Ready for Love
Vudoo Soul-Cover of Closer
(This video is from Kollaboration 2010 and includes a number of other Asian American musicans, including Taiyo Na who performed here last year!)

Tim Be Told-Analyze
Tim Be Told-Performing at Kollaboration

Keep an eye out for information regarding our next meeting! And I’ll be updating the Media Gallery within the next few days, so look out for pictures I took from the Pastry Social.

Happy Weekend! =)

If you would like to join the Bryn Mawr ASA facebook group, it can be found here.

ASA Chinatown Pastry Social


Welcome back ladies =)

Join ASA for their first general meeting of the year!!

Want to know what ASA has planned for the semester?
Want to find a way to be more involved?
Want to know what everyone was up to during the summer?

Then come to the first meeting and catch up with old members, meet the new frosh, and hear what ASA has in store for you!

Thursday, September 23rd
Dalton 2

There will be an assortment of yummy pastries from Chinatown, in addition to MOONCAKE and hot tea! mmmmmmmm.

Also, if you missed your chance at Fall Frolic to get a raffle ticket for a chance to win a free T-shirt, you can still fill one out at the meeting!

See you all there!


Bryn Mawr College’s Month of Cambodian Arts and Culture


“In the month leading up to the World Premiere of Khmer Arts Ensemble’s The Lives of Giants, Bryn Mawr College  will host a series of free events designed to expand the audience’s knowledge of Cambodian Dance and Cambodian culture. The events, beginning September 26, will also include a series of workshops in Cambodian Dance. A full listing of events is at More information can also be found by calling the Office of Arts at 610-526-5210.

Khmer Arts Ensemble’s The Lives of Giants will run one night only on Friday, October 22 at 8 p.m. in the McPherson Auditorium, at Goodhart Hall as a centerpiece of Bryn Mawr College’s 2010-2011 Performing Arts Series. Ticket prices are $20, $18 for senior citizens, and free for Bryn Mawr, Haverford and Swarthmore students, faculty and staff, $10 for students of other schools, and $5 for children 12 and under. Priority seating is available for $90 subscription packages ($75 packages for senior citizens). For more information and tickets visit  Brown Paper Tickets, call the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210, or visit .

Among the events preceding The Lives of Giants performance are a workshop in the dance of the Monkey King, gorgeous Cambodian costumes and masks up close, a Cambodian Dance Festival followed by a discussion and Cambodian food, a film screening exploring how Cambodian classical dance arose after the destruction and genocide of the Pol Pot regime, and much more.

The events include:

Classical Cambodian Dances Directed and Performed by: Chamroeun Yin and company

Sunday, September 26, 7 p.m.
Location: Hepburn Teaching Theatre, Goodhart Hall
Chamroeun Yin first came to the United States as an artistic refugee in 1981. After he escaped to a refugee camp and met a group of dancers from the Royal Ballet Yin was able to study his craft in earnest. He continues to teach and perform classical dance in Philadelphia. In addition to his work in dance, his intricate embroidery, jewelry and costume work has been exhibited at the Fleisher Art Memorial and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Goodhart Reception follows featuring Cambodian foods.

Masks and Costumes of Classical Khmer Dance

Tuesday, September 28th, 6:30 PM
Goodhart Music Room
Artist and dancer, Chamroeun Yin, will display and discuss the splendid and elegant costumes and masks associated with Cambodian dance.  He will discuss how he constructs the costumes and masks and answer questions.  Some of the masks and costumes will remain on display in Canaday Library through the month of October. Light refreshments will be served.

Dancing through Death: The monkey, magic, and madness of Cambodia, Film showing and discussion with Thavro Phim

October 4th, 4:15 PM
Cosponsored by the Solomon Asch Center for the Study of Ethnopolitical Conflict
This hour long film documents the story of Thavro Phim, who came of age under the Pol Pot regime and lost many of his close family members to the genocide inflicted by the Khmer Rouge.  During this horrific period, nearly 90 percent of the dancers were executed or died of starvation or disease. His Buddhist faith and his dedication to the study, performance, and teaching of Cambodian classical dance, particularly his representation of Hanuman, the magical white monkey are key in surviving and finding his identity. The film includes footage of dance as it struggled to survive in the prisons, the refugee camps and as it emerged after the downfall of the Khmer Rouge. In the film, we also learn about Yale’s Cambodian Genocide Project and see Thavro return to Cambodia to find his remaining family and teachers.

Cambodian Monkey Dance: Trickster, Warrior and King ~ with Thavro Phim

October 18th
7:00 PM
Workshop, Pem Studio
Call the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210 to reserve a space.
This is a workshop that will introduce participants to the story and movement of the Monkey–a king, a warrior, a trickster, and an adventurer. It is open to dancers, as well as to those with experience in other movement forms ranging from tai chi and capoeira to theatrical improvisation.

Thavro Phim is an expert linguist, artist, author, editor, and translator. A survivor of the genocide who was educated in classical dance at the University of Fine Arts in Phnom Penh he excels in the male style. Mr. Phim has taught, performed, and been honored for his work throughout the US. He continues to teach and work in Philadelphia and works within the Public School system as well. Mr. Phim was a research associate for the Yale Cambodian Genocide Program.


Classes are free but you must call to reserve a space: 610-526-5210

–Wednesday, October 20, time/tba ~ Swarthmore College, dance studio

–Thursday, October 21, 4-5:30 ~ Bryn Mawr College, Pem Dance studio

–Saturday, October 23, 10:30-11:30 ~ Cambodian Assoc. North Dance Studio, (appropriate for younger students)

–Saturday, October 23, 1:00-2:00 ~ The Performance Garage, 1515 Brandywine, Philadelphia (appropriate for dancers with more extensive training in Cambodian or other techniques)- studio is one block north of Spring Garden and accessible by #2 bus or orange-broad street line

Learning to Listen Cambodian Music: Demonstration and Discussion with Teaching Artist Roes Souk

Saturday, October 23rd
7 PM
Goodhart Free Admission
Reservations are required; call the Office for the Arts at 610-526-5210 to reserve.

About the Bryn Mawr Performing Arts Series

Since 1984 the Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series has presented great artists and performances to audiences in the Philadelphia area, creating an environment in which the value of the arts is recognized and celebrated. Talks and workshops provided free to the public help develop arts awareness and literacy. The Series works to lower barriers to arts access through its partnership with Art-Reach, a non-profit dedicated to improving arts accessibility for people of all ages and circumstances, and through its low ticket prices.

The Bryn Mawr College Performing Arts Series is uniquely positioned as a regional dance presenter. The Series includes two dance performances each season as well as evenings of world music, classical music and theater. The Series’ roster has included performances by: Lucy Guerin Inc., Yin Mei, India Jazz Suites, Sean Curran Company, Garth Fagan Dance, Liz Leman’s Dance Exchange, Heidi Lastly Dance, Urban Bush Women, and the Trisha Brown Dance Company.”

-The Dance Journal (

AAFE Community Development Training Fellowship

AAFE Community Development Training Fellowship

The Community Development Training Fellowship organized by Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE) is an opportunity for recent high school graduates and college students interested in urban planning, sustainable development, public policy, community organizing, and related fields to gain in-depth experience with comprehensive community development. The Fellowship focuses on community development issues in Asian American communities in New York City, such as affordable housing, small business development, transportation, civil rights, policy advocacy, and environmental sustainability.

Fellows learn about the field of community development in a collaborative environment that focuses on building their capacity, and deepening their knowledge through grassroots participation. The Fellowship will consist of three integral learning components:

1. Community Development Training Workshops

2. Internship Placement

3. Community Project

The Fellowship is unpaid; however AAFE can work with Fellows enrolled in college to arrange for course credit through their university.

Learning Objectives

1. Gain knowledge related to best practices in comprehensive community development;

2. Learn about the intersection of community development strategies in diverse Asian American communities;

3. Build skills for community engagement, organizing and effective communication;

4. Lead a project from planning and development through implementation.

Training Workshop Topics

  • Community Engagement and Organizing

  • Public Policy & Legislative Advocacy

  • Zoning & Land Use

  • Housing

  • Community Equity & Wealth-building

  • Transportation in NYC

  • Local Economic Development

  • Environmental Sustainability & Health

  • Open Space & Parks

  • Physical Planning & Urban Design

Internship Placements

Fellows will be matched with a community development organization during the Spring Session to complete a 14 week internship. Internships are a commitment of 15 hours per week for the duration of Spring Session. Fellows will implement a Community Project in conjunction with their placement organization.

Community Projects

The Community Project component is an opportunity for Fellows to apply the community development knowledge they have gained from the Training Workshops and Internship

Placements through a project they will design, plan, and execute by the end of the Fellowship.

The Project also allows Fellows to investigate more deeply a community development issue that interests them in a neighborhood context. With support and guidance from AAFE and the organizations where they will intern, Fellows will develop the project throughout the Fall Session, and execute it during the Spring Session. The Project can involve a range of community development topics, and can apply a number of various strategies. However every project will include a community engagement component and should be action-oriented by design. Some examples of potential projects include:

  • Assessment of housing needs in an emerging community

  • Survey of small businesses along a commercial corridor

  • Study of parking or traffic in a neighborhood

  • Studying a policy issue and its impact on a local community

  • Physical planning or design solutions to a neighborhood problem


The Community Development Fellowship will take place over 8 months (October 2010 – May 2011) during Fall and Spring Sessions.

The Fall Session will consist of 8 weekly 3-hour workshops on Friday mornings (10 AM – 1PM).

During the break between the December/January break Fellows will be assigned to produce a proposal for their Community Projects, which will be implemented in the Spring.

During the Spring Session Fellows will intern with local community development organizations for up to 15 hours per week for 14 weeks. The specific weekly schedule for internship placements will be determined by the partner organizations and the Fellow as arranged by AAFE. There will be monthly Group Sessions scheduled for Fellows to come together, continue learning, and collaborate during the Spring Session. Throughout the year there will also be opportunities to attend workshops and panels about a range of community development issues in New York City beyond the planned Fellowship workshops.


  • October 15, 2010 Fellowship Orientation and Intro to Community Development

  • October 22, 2010 Training Workshop I

  • October 29, 2010 Training Workshop II

  • November 5, 2010 Training Workshop III

  • November 12, 2010 Training Workshop IV

  • November 19, 2010 Training Workshop V

  • December 3, 2010 Training Workshop VI

  • December 10, 2010 Community Project Planning and Prep for Spring Session


  • January 24, 2011 Internship Placements Begin

  • February 4, 2011 Group Session

  • March 4, 2011 Group Session

  • April 1, 2011 Group Session

  • April 29, 2011 Internship Placements Conclude

  • May 6, 2011 Year-end Presentation of Community Projects (Tentative)

Eligibility & Application Process

The Fellowship is open all recent high school graduates and college students in the New York metropolitan area who have an interest in and commitment to community development.

While prior experience working within an Asian American community and the ability to speak an Asian language are preferred, these are not required from applicants. The Fellowship requires a significant time commitment of up to 15 hours per week for the 8-month period. Interested applicants should seriously consider this time commitment before applying.

All interested applicants need to submit (1) the Application Form and (2) a Resumevia email to no later than September 24, 2010, at 5 PM. Hard-copies of the application can also be mailed to: Asian Americans for Equality, 108 Norfolk Street, New York, NY 10002. Please see the 2010 Application Form for more detailed submission instructions.

DEADLINE for Applications: Friday September 24, 2010, at 5 PM

If you have any questions regarding the Fellowship or application process, contact Douglas Nam Le at or 212-979-8381 ext. 103. All applicants will be notified about their participation by October 8, 2010.

About Asian Americans for Equality (AAFE)

Founded in 1974 to advocate for equal opportunities for Asian Americans, immigrants and low income New Yorkers, AAFE ( has evolved into a nationally recognized community development and social services organization that serves New York City’s nearly one million residents of Asian descent with programs that encompass the organization’s comprehensive approach to community development, including: affordable housing development, small business assistance, homeownership service to emerging communities, housing and social services, and legal services. Our client base is multi-ethnic and multicultural, representing all five boroughs of New York City.

AAFE’s mission is to advance the rights of Asian Americans and all those in need through advocacy and access in civil rights, immigrant assistance, social services, affordable housing, and economic development; to empower our communities through research and publishing that embody our issues and concerns; and to foster understanding and unity among diverse communities through building coalitions and forming collaborations.

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!!