Date Saturday, April 21, 2018 to Sunday, April 22, 2018
Time 10:00 am to 12:00 am
Location King Building, 106

10 N. Professor St.
Oberlin, OH 44074

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Get ready for the 20th Biennial Midwest Asian American Student Conference happening at Oberlin College. This conference is an empowering platform by which all Oberlin students, community members, and beyond educate themselves about issues pertaining to Asian and Pacific Americans.

This year’s theme is Building Bridges Not Walls: Activism and Immigrant Experiences.


MAASC Presents: Eric Tang
10:30-11:45 am, Saturday April 21
Location: King 106

Eric Tang’s first book, Unsettled: Cambodian Refugees in the NYC Hyperghetto, is an ethnographic account of refugee life in some of New York City’s most impoverished and socially marginalized neighborhoods. His work addresses both the experiences and narratives of refugee communities and myths, investigating multiple sites of oppression in urban immigrant communities with both a local and transnational lens. He challenges ideas of settlement in refugee policy and narratives and highlights the ways that immigrant communities uplift themselves through both direct services and art.

A former community organizer, Tang has published several articles on race and urban social movements, and is now an associate professor in the African and African Diaspora Studies Department, and is a faculty member in the Center for Asian American Studies at the University of Texas at Austin.

MAASC Social Lunch
12:30-2 pm, Saturday April 21
Location: Multicultural Resource Center

Come join in on free lunch! 

MAASC Presents: Not Soley a Latinx Issue: Asian Undocumented Immigrant Activism and Cross-Racial Coalition Building Efforts by Kevin Escudero
2:30-4 pm, Saturday April 21
Location: King 106

Professor Kevin Escudero’s research and teaching interests include immigration and refugee studies; comparative racial and ethnic studies; social movements; law and society; and critical human geography. His current book manuscript, Organizing While Undocumented, examines undocumented Asian, Latinx, queer and formerly undocumented activists’ strategic use of an intersectional movement identity.

He has served as special advisor to the provost for undocumented and DACA students offering campuswide workshops and trainings regarding approaches to supporting undocumented students.

MAASC & As I Am Presents: Art in Movement: Immigration and Home
4:15-5:30pm, Saturday April 21
Location: King 101

Join As I Am in exploring immigration and the immigrant experience through an art and poetry workshop as a part of the Midwest Asian American Student Conference! Learn from each other and share your creativity while creating work that can be published in this semester’s issue of As I Am (after the normal deadline!). We hope to see you there!

Pinkcaravan! and Ruby Ibarra ft. Hypno
7pm-10:30 pm, Saturday April 21
Location: Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse

Such great performances in one night! Come through and enjoy the music and artistry. Big thanks to Cat in the Cream Coffeehouse and OHOP for sponsoring Ruby Ibarra to perform!

Event Contact

Anna Phung

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