Wednesday, April 2nd, students and faculty gathered in the Hoch-Shanahan Aviation Room to learn about Asian American identity, from the history of Asian immigrants to the U.S. and exclusionary laws to present day stereotypes and misconceptions. OID’s Associate Dean Sumi Pendakur led a discussion on racial stereotypes such as “forever forever” and “model minority”; many of which formed around the United States’ acceptance of Asian professionals to help with the Cold War arms and space race.
With a large number of Asian and Asian-American students, Harvey Mudd College is home to a number of clubs oriented towards building community among them, such as the Asian Pacific Islander Sponsor
Program at Mudd, also known as API-SPAM. Pendakur focused her presentation around how stereotypes can affect college students striving for success, and how we can break free from these false expectations.
Article written by: Graham Gordon ’15
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