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antology:

I know alot of people are gonna say I’m too serious about this and I need to CTFD. 
But this meme, I find offensive. It is a form of microaggression towards Filipinos. The simplest explanation of microagression I can find is, Sue et al. (2007) describe microaggressions as, “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of other races.” 
I know people mean well and it’s all fun and joke but we have to be conscious of things we say and do. Racism is instituionalized in different systems and we don’t want it to be institutionalized with in social media. 

antology:

I know alot of people are gonna say I’m too serious about this and I need to CTFD. 

But this meme, I find offensive. It is a form of microaggression towards Filipinos. The simplest explanation of microagression I can find is, Sue et al. (2007) describe microaggressions as, “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of other races.” 

I know people mean well and it’s all fun and joke but we have to be conscious of things we say and do. Racism is instituionalized in different systems and we don’t want it to be institutionalized with in social media. 

I know alot of people are gonna say I’m too serious about this and I need to CTFD. 
But this meme, I find offensive. It is a form of microaggression towards Filipinos. The simplest explanation of microagression I can find is, Sue et al. (2007) describe microaggressions as, “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of other races.” 
I know people mean well and it’s all fun and joke but we have to be conscious of things we say and do. Racism is instituionalized in different systems and we don’t want it to be institutionalized with in social media. 

I know alot of people are gonna say I’m too serious about this and I need to CTFD. 

But this meme, I find offensive. It is a form of microaggression towards Filipinos. The simplest explanation of microagression I can find is, Sue et al. (2007) describe microaggressions as, “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative racial slights and insults toward people of other races.” 

I know people mean well and it’s all fun and joke but we have to be conscious of things we say and do. Racism is instituionalized in different systems and we don’t want it to be institutionalized with in social media. 

Meet Madison Moore, Ph.D. Candidate in Critical Fierceness Studies at Yale

Q. Wait, so let’s go back to that chapter on Tina Turner and fierceness. What is that about?

A. Okay, so what I’m trying to do is think about fierceness as a way that minoritized groups — like gay men, women, people of color — have used to express themselves aesthetically.

Q. Wait, but before you continue — what is fierceness?

A. Okay! Fierceness, I think, is a way of kind of returning the gaze. So in popular culture, we talk about how images and people are looked at — fierceness, I think, looks back at you. I think it’s a way of changing the social dynamic in a room. So if you’re in a room and all of a sudden someone fabulous like — I don’t know, who’s fabulous? — so if you’re in Bass [Library] and Lady Gaga walks in, you know it does something to the room, to the way the room feels, the way people react to the space and that presence does something to activate normalcy. Like okay, you guys are all normal. It puts into motion ideas about how we are beholden to particular kinds of dress or style.

Q. So it instigates self-reflection in a way, or self-consciousness in people who … aren’t fierce?

A. No, no, no, it’s not about that. Well, it’s a really broad question because the dissertation overall is looking at glamour, and glamour has usually been written about from a perspective that talks about Hollywood, and whiteness in particular. And so my interest in fierceness actually comes from the fact that when I was researching glamour and looking at all of the Hollywood stars, there was no conversation about black bodies or Asian bodies or queer bodies in terms of the production of glamour. I was like, “Something is wrong here.” So when I started to look at Tina Turner’s videos, I thought maybe black and queer bodies are doing something different altogether — maybe it’s not glamour, maybe it’s fierceness, which is where the idea comes from.

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Comparative Literature Expresses Solidarity with E.S.C.A.P.E.

FROM: Department of Comparative Literature UC Irvine
TO: Dean, School of Humanities

January 31, 2012 

On January 27, 2012, E.S.C.A.P.E, a coalition of UCI undergraduate ethnic students, with support from several other…
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To Whom It May Concern:

       We, the students, are greatly concerned with the “Needs Attention” Memo sent to the School of Humanities on November 15, 2011. This alarming memo addressed African American Studies, Asian American Studies, Women’s Studies, Comparative Literature, East Asian Languages and Literatures, French and Italian, and German, as well as the Chicana/o- Latina/o Studies Department in the School of Social Sciences. With this selection of targeting, we feel that this is an attack on studies that are crucial to the development of critical consciousness among students and the UCI community. 
       Disseminated through the School of Humanities, this memo undermines the scholarly distinction of these programs and criticizes faculty for failing to meet manufactured expectations and requirements, which remain conveniently unknown. These departments are targeted on the basis of “productivity” measured in terms of low student-to-faculty ratios, a characteristic that is usually regarded as essential to a quality education.  As a result, the seemingly arbitrary elimination of critical studies seems to stem from the broader context of systematically removing programs that do not benefit the corporate structure.

       We feel disturbed by the severe lack of methods used to determine of the “collective role and place” of many of these Interdisciplinary Programs [IDP] on our campus. If the writers of this memo had legitimately researched for qualitative evidence regarding the success of IDPs, they would find concrete evidence and stories of the meaningful impact these units offer students in areas of critical thinking, identity and cultural competency, understanding historical legacies and struggles, and the futures of our diverse communities. We believe there is no legitimacy in this memo’s ability to critique scholarly quality of these programs when the writers have proven no expertise in these fields.

       Not once does this memo provide meaningful solutions to the “low enrollments and low student-faculty ratios” it describes, other than making problematic allusions to consolidating these units.  Therefore, we see a disturbing contradiction in the fact that the memo labels these units as “Needs Attention”, without expressing any genuine concern or commitment; this reveals the austerity politics and damaging lack of institutional support from the University in this manufactured time of hardship.  We believe the members of the Academic Planning Group should engage in conversation with the IDP Department Chairs and students in order to discern what support the IDP units need, and how we can collectively create solutions to attract more students to these crucial majors.

        Much of the UCI community is uneducated about the Third World Liberation Front, comprised of students of the Civil Rights movement who recognized the exclusion of their histories and identities in their University curriculum.  Starting in 1968, students fought to institutionalize the representation of their narratives at San Francisco State College, in order to make their education more relevant and accessible for marginalized communities.  At UC Irvine, the original establishment of Ethnic Studies also started from the student’s struggle in the early 1990’s when many organizations built a coalition named the Ethnic Students Coalition Against Prejudicial Education (E.S.C.A.P.E.).  

       Despite the fight that has carried on throughout generations, it is evident that University systems insistently take advantage of budget crises to threaten the existence of Ethnic and Critical Studies first.  Still today, we will continue to fight against any ideologies that fail to prepare students with cultural competency and develop their critical consciousness, both of which are necessary in recognizing and fighting institutional injustices.  Therefore, we demand the writers of this memo to re-evaluate its ways of devaluing the School of Humanities and other IDP units, and to cease its actions in treating the University as an enterprise.


We demand the following: 

1) Stop the cuts and sustain Interdisciplinary Departments & Programs.
2) Reform the Multicultural general educational requirement to mandate all students to take at least two Women’s Studies, Queer Studies, or Ethnic Studies courses.
3) Establish and support a UCI School of Ethnic Studies and Critical Theory Studies. 

Signed, 
Ethnic Students Coalition Against Prejudicial Education (E.S.C.A.P.E)

Alyansa ng mga Kababayan

American Indian Student Association

Asian Pacific Student Association
 
ASUCI Office of the Executive Vice-President

Black Student Union

Black Educated Men

Central American Student Association

Ethiopian Student Association

Filipinos Unifying Scientist-Engineers in an Organized Network (FUSION)

Kababayan

Movimiento Estudiantil Chican@ de Aztlán 

Pilipino-Americans in Social Studies

Pilipino Pre-Health Undergraduate Student Organization

 

People expect men to behave more agentically than women and women to behave more communally than men.” Expectations of behavior formulate the basic socialization process of both men and women. If men are expected to be powerful – even though this expectation does not specifically address women at all – then they are expected to be more powerful than women. Exclusion in expectations creates differences in the socialization process that perpetuate gender stratification and, as we are about to discover, shape the underlying factors in gendered insults.