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Come Join Us at Laney College on
April 11th 2012 11am-1pm


Over 50 displays, exhibits, live music, dance performances, free food, games, and local Asian American community groups.

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2012 AAAS Poster

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2012 AAAS Spring Faire Photos & Video



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“What does being Asian American mean to me? It means being part of a diverse collective of people with a complimentary and sometimes conflicting history abroad and in the United States. It also means being influenced at a personal level by both India and the United States, and by the other Asian Americans.” – Pawan Dhingra, Ph.D., Museum Curator, Smithsonian Institution Asian Pacific American Program/HomeSpun Initiative, Washington, D.C.

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The Asian/Asian American Studies (AAAS) Student Leadership and Community Action Faire engages the Laney College campus community in an open dialogue about current issues relevant to the Asian American experience today, and it celebrates the contributions of Asian Americans to the diversity and history of the United States. Organized by students enrolled in AAAS courses, our multi-cultural event is produced regularly in the Fall and Spring semesters, usually in October and March. AAAS students work in small groups to design and develop educational, political, and cultural displays showcasing their team's many talents and generous gifts. Through active participation, leadership skills and coalition building, our students are creating and validating their voices at Laney College.

My Experience With The First AAAS Faire

By Hong Pham (2004)

I mean, you can name it. Anything that you can think of to make a community faire worth seeing was available and present at the first AAAS Student Leadership and Community Action Faire held on November 1st, 2004 last semester. As I think about it, that day was a sunny Fall morning, and truly a success for everyone, including the student leaders, community contacts and all of the participants.

To those students who already know about the AAAS Faire from last term, please join us again for a fun-filled, action-packed time on campus! For the others, can you probably guess what it is all about? Our AAAS Faire includes many extraordinary projects, examples of team work and community action, dancing, music and interesting displays created by students enrolled in Asian/Asian American Studies courses. Throughout the first part of the term, we all work hard together, simultaneously in small groups on team projects. Teams meet in class and schedule time outside of class as well. Our goal is to design and implement a project related to the Asian American Experience, and prepare to present our project to students, faculty, staff and the wider Laney College community about a topic or issue we are passionate about.

Those who came last semester can tell you about the incredible displays, food, free stuff and diversity of projects. Different team members used a variety of techniques to lure the passerby to their table. On another level, we competed for prizes and awards in six categories, including Best Display, Most Informative, Most Innovative, Most Enthusiastic, Best Sense of Humor and Best Example of Student Leadership. Many of the projects were very interesting and engaging. Some teams had games and prizes, while a few offered handouts, quizzes, cultural food items, recipes, health tips, snacks, things to try and eat. You could also “learn by doing” such as origami (Japanese paper folding), make Chinese finger puppets at the Chinese Opera display, tea-tasting, noodle-eating, watch a DVD or play a computer game, even get your blood pressure read at the Asian Health table. Most of the displays “tested your knowledge” about a topic or issue such as “Stereotypes in the Media,” “Domestic Violence,” “Asian American Architecture,” “Famous and Note-worthy Asian Americans” to name a few. There were also Asian traditional dances not to mention many beautiful pan-Asian traditional outfits that were worn on the day. I had such a good time last semester, that I decided to volunteer to be on the student organizing committee this year. I would like to take this opportunity to commend each and every student that was a part of our first AAAS Faire. Congratulations! The second AAAS Faire will be held outdoors on Wednesday, April 6th at the Laney College Quad and Theater Foyer, from 11:00am to 12:30pm, during the lunch hour. Our featured guest is William Wong, a local talent and writer of the Oakland Tribune newspaper. He recently wrote a book called "Oakland Chinatown” and he has generously agreed to do a free book signing at the AAAS Faire. According to our faculty advisor, Professor Janine Fujioka, there will be approximately 36 displays this year, with over 300 students participating from both Laney and Merritt Colleges. For those who did not get a chance to experience our Faire, I recommend that you reward yourself by coming to this semester’s Faire on April 6th to earn prizes and other goodies!