Friday, November 18, 2011

UIC Welcomed GB Tran, Cartoonist, Illustrator, and Author of VIETNAMERICA

On Thursday, November 17th UIC welcome Mr. GB Tran to our campus to speak with Professor Malik's Intro to Asian American Studies course and have a public lecture on his latest work, a 288 full-color graphic novel VIETNAMERICA.

For those who have not read it, I HIGHLY recommend it. It tells the true story of GB's family's lives before, during, and after the Vietnam War. Using the medium of the graphic novel gives the story a potent and emotional edge, which makes the reader feel like you are in the story, watching GB's family survive and struggle to stay together.

GB showed the class and public lecture his original journal and sketch book that he took with him on his 1st trip to Vietnam, which planted the seed for the novel. I really appreciated this because so rarely do readers get to see the process behind a book, never mind the original artwork and plot layout. GB then walked us through how VIETNAMERICA came to fruition, as a series of important crossroads and life events came together which amalgamated into the need to tell his families story.

If you love graphic novels, or stories of immigration, conflict, history, or self-discovery, pick up a copy of VIETNAMERICA. To learn more about GB, please stop by his website,

Monday, November 14, 2011

Art and Crafts from the Japanese American Internment Camps

Though Amanda did take a group last Sunday, the Art of Gaman exhibit will still be at the Illinois Holocaust Museum until January 15th, 2012. If you go, do so earlier in the day so that you can have time to go through the extensive permanent exhibit on the Holocaust and also the interactive "Make a Difference" exhibit right next to Art of Gaman. There is additional artwork on the top floor connected to other genocides/atrocities in the Legacy of Absence gallery.

Watch September 22, 2011 - Cultural Connections: The Art of Gaman on PBS. See more from CHICAGO TONIGHT.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Betta-Max, The Official Betta of AARCC

This is Betta-Max. He joined the AARCC Family in late September. He resides in a 1 gallon bowl in my office. He is very feisty, and has a rather unique semi-split tail. The original plan for getting a Betta was for me to get one that was UIC's colors, which are blue and red, but Max was the only purple Betta in the store, so I chose him! (it should also be noted that blue and red make purple!)

Japanese-American Honored with Congressional Gold Medal

Sam Ozaki is the grandfather of former AARCC staff and UIC Alumni, Phill Ozaki. He was honored with the Congressional Gold Medal - the highest civilian award.

Read the rest of his story.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Asians the Most Bullied Race?

Recent study is getting national attention that Asians are the most bullied of racial groups (while Latinos are the least).

Hispanic Teens Least Bullied Minority in Schools, While Asian Americans Most Bullied (from Hispanically Speaking News)

"New data compiled by the Department of Justice and Department of Education show that Hispanic teens are the least bullied minority teens at a rate of 34.3 percent while Asian Americans the most bullied."

Other articles lead with the Asian focus:

Asian Americans most bullied in US schools: study (from the AFP:Associated Free Press)
"Asian Americans endure far more bullying at US schools than members of other ethnic groups, with teenagers of the community three times as likely to face taunts on the Internet, new data shows."

Here's the link to the article at Hispanically Speaking News and Associated Free Press articles.

Why Asians Aren't Cool

Check out this video by Kevjumba, who talks about why Asians aren't cool.

Welcome to the AARCC Blog!

Hi all!
Welcome to the AARCC blog! This blog will be here to update you on news related to AARCC, UIC, and the Asian American community. We'll also feature student submitted content such as artwork, poetry, and videos.