It is the time again — the time to acknowledge all those great individuals out there helping our communities!
ITASA is proud to recognize exceptional students and organizations across the country each year. If you would like to nominate a TASA or student leader in one of the categories below, please submit a complete application to firstname.lastname@example.org by January 31, 2014.
We will announce the winners of each ITASA Award at the ITASA 2014 East Coast Conference at Yale. Award winners will also be recognized at the ITASA 2014 Midwest Conference at UT Austin and the ITASA 2014 West Coast Conference at UC Berkeley.
Feel free to submit!!! :) And check out our winners last year!
By Cheryl Lee (ITASA Representative University of California, Santa Barbara)
Identity is a form of representation that is cultivated from the individual’s space in the extended social hierarchy, yet to pinpoint and establish that exclusive place is impossible. Asian America is male to female, brown to yellow, rich to poor, political, cultural, and queer, and any one spectrum does not encompass the entirety of identity: thus, under any circumstance, an individual is both the oppressed as well as the oppressor. Shared microidentities, that is, the profound intersecting social spaces in which we occupy, are the building blocks of solidarity through coalition. When marginalized groups have internalized and accepted harmful to offensive representations of themselves, progress, in all forms, stagnates and then begins to dismantle.
By Alex Chambers (DMV District Governor - DC, Maryland, Virginia)
“Alex Chambers? Oh, you mean that white kid from Tennessee who is actually Taiwanese?”
Indeed, if you have not already met me, this pretty much sums up who I am: a white kid from Tennessee who is actually Taiwanese. Although I am very proud of my roots, I must admit that I was taken off guard the first time I heard someone say this about me. Sure, I had been referred to as “that Taiwanese kid” in Tennessee or as “that American” in Taiwan, but before I came to the East Coast, where being neither Tennessean nor Taiwanese American is the norm, I had never heard someone call me both in the same sentence.
By Emily Kuo (ITASA Conference Liaison Director)
On November 9th, ITASA Tri-State held a mixer with Cornell Taiwanese American Society CTAS) at Lynah Rink for ice skating and hot chocolate. Jerry, our awesome Cornell ITASA Representative, planned and coordinated an awesome event!
By Judy Chen (ITASA Representative Case Western Reserve University)
In midst of the cold, windy weather of November and the waves of midterms approaching, one of CWRU TASA’s biggest campus events, Night Market, recently took place on November 9th.
by Tiffany Liao ’16 (ITASA Representative from Wellesley College)
Wellesley TCO had its first First-Year Event this past week. As mid-terms are approaching, so are the inevitable all-nighters and midnight munchies. What better way to combat this gloomy period than a Shaved Ice Study Break. Yes, it’s starting to get cold in the East Coast, but who would pass up on a bowl of shaved ice, drizzled with condensed milk and brown sugar, topped with lychee, grass jelly, boba, tangyuan, and other noms? Definitely not any college student I know.
By Aaron Lee (ITASA Representative Ohio State University)
OSU TASA is one of the younger TASA’s across the country. Now, how did we gain the spotlight at the university in such a brief period of time?
by Tiffany Bair (ITASA Representative Columbia)
Hey everyone! My name is Tiffany Bair and I am ITASA Rep for Columbia and Secretary of Columbia Taiwanese American Students Association (TASA). Our diverse board consists of 22 board members and 6 senior advisors from all over the US, Canada, Thailand, China, and of course, Taiwan. At Columbia, the mission of TASA is to build an open and welcoming community for individuals interested in Taiwanese culture, history, and current affairs and contribute to the larger network of cultural clubs across campus and in New York. Every year we hold a wide range of events from cultural coffeehouses, game nights, study breaks, political panels, networking events, and Big Brother Big Sister programs. Our annual events include Interboard, Teahouse, Taiwanese Festival Day, and CASPY (for more information, check out our events page).
by Emily Liu (ITASA NorCal District Governor)
Family. Food. Fun.
Those are the three things you’re absolutely guaranteed to find at Berkeley TASA. Take it from me – Emily Liu – ITASA NorCal District Governor and Berkeley TASA Outreach Officer. Now allow me to explain …