i move to
on the floors
— submitted by em(ily)
Submitted by J.H.
— submitted proletarianengineer
I get mistaken for..
Thai/Black (I was quite surprised when I heard this)
But people can never get to Cambodian! Nothing wrong with being mistaken, because they are all sexy :3! It just makes me really think though. I am amazed when people say “You are the first Cambodian I have ever met.” In the back of my head, I am like really? Foreals, you must be kidding! But, the thing is, they are not kidding and its 100% the truth.
Now I sit and think, and I think really hard. I ask myself, “Where are my Cambodians at?” I was never able to find the answer until I came to Berkeley. I also wondered why there were so vietnamese people and no Cambodians. Now I finally can understand why.
We went through hella shit when the Khmer Rouge rose to power in Cambodia. Many lives were lost, people lost their family, friends, and technically everything they had. Many suffer PTSD and so much more. What I think is we lost was our faith, love, community, and our leaders/role models.
We lost our educated people. People that could have potentially mobilized our community and people who could have saved ourselves from each other. No one was there to empower us. Our parents, grandparents, and etc came from a tragic event. I feel that many of us are at a lost, because we don’t have guidance. America was not the most loving place for refugees, but I am thankful because I am here and we are all here. However, I just don’t see enough of us in higher education or being productive with what we have and it breaks my heart.
I want to shed light onto my community and I will. For that to happen, I need to become a somebody. As of now, I am a nobody. A 2nd year student at the University of California, Berkeley, it doesn’t mean much, but I hope it will in time. I don’t like to see my community struggle and get nowhere.
We are warriors and we have it in our blood. Our families struggled and fought for their lives to get here. Now we must prove to everyone that we will do something and make our world a better place for ourself and others. It will be tough, but it is possible. If our parents can escape unbelievable odds so can we.
I know that gangs and violence have been prominent in our community. I am no longer angry at that fact, but I am heart-broken. Heart-broken that I understand the history of it and how it transformed over time. Heart-broken that it tears down our community. We are effected by gambling, drinking, and so much more. I hope that we can rebuild ourselves and love ourselves.
I see so much pride and unity in the Mexican and Philippine community. I do not see enough of that in the Cambodian community. I see a broken community that WILL be fixed. We just need to come together, realize all the good shit we can do, and do that SHIT!
We need to show this “Pull yourself up from the bootstraps” concept who is the BOSS. I strongly dislike how society is, but we can play by the rules and show them who is BOSS. We are all BOSSES! We have control over our life and can make it better. NOW SHOW EVERYBODY, that you are BOSS.
I Love My Cambodian Community and I Love The World,
Asian kids rebel by going into social sciences and the humanities.
Southeast Asian refugees first began arriving in the United States over 35 years ago, having escaped war, oppression, or genocide in their home countries. Resettling in a new country posed many challenges, but Southeast Asian refugees proved to be resilient as they settled in and began a new life.
What progress has been made over the past 35 years since initial refugee resettlement? What challenges remain, and what new challenges have emerged? What are the implications of these successes and challenges for educational policy?
To explore these issues, the National Association for the Education and Advancement of Cambodian, Laotian, and Vietnamese Americans (NAFEA) held an Education Conference in Washington DC on October 22 – 23, 2010 to review the progress made since initial Southeast Asian (SEA) refugee resettlement. The theme of the conference was Southeast Asian American Education: 35 Years of Research, Leadership, and Advocacy. The primary purpose of this conference was to collect and report data across the following four themes, and to make specific policy recommendations:
- Southeast Asian American K–12 Education
- Southeast Asian American Heritage Language Education
- Southeast Asian American Higher Education
- Southeast Asian American Communities
— submitted by baohouse
The 2011 CARE Report is a research report that holds data on Asian Pacific Islander Americans in relationships with higher education. The report is very important to the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community as it contains relevant information that reveals tangible numbers to educate our communities and other communities about the issues the API community faces and that we still have struggles that shouldn’t be dismissed let alone overlooked. When you do have the time, open this sheiz up; it will surprise you.
“The 2011 CARE Report was released this week by the National Commission on Asian American and Pacific Islander Research in Education (CARE), in partnership with the Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIASF). The new report provides critical information on the need for equity and diversity in the college completion agenda. Data also reveals that AAPIs have a wide variation in college participation and degree attainment that includes some subgroups (out of 48 ethnicities in the AAPI community) being more likely to attend community colleges and less selective institutions-resulting in significant differences in degree attainment rates within the AAPI student population.”
You can download the CARE Report at the following link:
2011 CARE Report Link
Wanted to share the love. Today I found this song by Nah and was blown away by his messages regarding unity and connected struggle with Viet folks in America and Viet folks in Viet Nam.
Check out this diaCRITICS interview with MC Nah.
JH: In what ways do you think hip-hop is a fruitful medium for expressing issues in the Vietnamese communities?
NN: Hip-hop is straight forward and real, it goes to the heart of young people. The youth tends to look up to and believe in their favorite artists. Therefore, rappers can use their music to get the message across, without being preachy or corny. Here in Vietnam, we are changing these young minds with music. Conscious emcees are addressing issues such as drug abuse, prostitution, inflation, social conflicts, love, gang fights, war… in their music, in a positive way.
Talk about things that life up my day and give me hope, damn.
— submitted by lngo2