15 5 / 2013
Attending Prof. See’s “Last Lecture” today was really empowering. I felt really connected to her topics of questioning education and accumulation by dispossession. How the university system can easily take things away from indigenous cultures and dehumanize them through that process. The importance of sticking to what you want to do in life despite everyone questioning your choices, especially those that are in the liberal arts. How it’s imperative to stay in the system and fight for what you believe in.
Then, I dropped by PCN elections for five minutes. It got me thinking of the idea that if I didn’t submit the I-Hotel script this year it would’ve been the UFW movement. I really want to see a PCN about Larry Itliong/Philip Vera Cruz/Pete Velasco and see students put their own twist to it without misappropriating the struggle.
After that I went to Asian American Film Festival to watch Hibakusha and it was such a moving movie about a true to life story of a survivor from the Hiroshima bombing. It was interesting how raw and honest the story was. I’m glad I came and hear the director talk about the process in making the movie.
Watch the trailer —> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zyrktNDDZk
Tomorrow is my last Asian American Studies Banquet. I’m thankful I found this major and met some of the most inspiring and amazing faculty, staff, and peers. I will be forever grateful for what I have learned in ASA and how much it drives me to make a difference once I leave UCD.