Ramen and Eggs is a collection of stories by Asian American college students and alumni. We are telling our stories here and now, with the hope of serving as a guide for current and future generations…
Ramen and Eggs is a collection of stories by Asian American college students and alumni. We are telling our stories here and now, with the hope of serving as a guide for current and future generations of students.
Going to college in America is often thought of as a magical, life-changing experience. Your freshman roommate will be your best friend, you’ll go to all of the crazy frat parties, and you’ll find your academic passion. You’ll finally grow into who you were always meant to be.
But college is a tough time. You might be far from home, and maybe it’s hard to find friends who “get” you. Exams are tough, and you have to figure out how to do laundry. And as an Asian American, you might have a whole set of concerns that your new friends might not understand. Maybe it’s as small as convincing everyone to take off their shoes before they come into your room, and maybe it’s as big as explaining to your parents that you want to change your major.
As an Asian American, college can come with a very particular set of stressors, which can contribute to mental health issues. According to one recent study, second generation Asian Americans are more likely than their immigrant parents to experience mental health difficulties. And yet, Asian Americans are three times less likely than their white counterparts to seek help from mental health professionals.
In many ways, as Asian Americans college grads, this is the archive we wish we’d had as freshmen, the stories we wish we’d known.
To submit your story, please email us at theramenandeggs (at) gmail (dot) com. Submissions must be in .doc, .docx, .txt, or .rtf format.
Storytelling is one of the most moving and powerful things in the world.
Here are some opportunities for Asian and Pacific Islander American students:
Deadline: Thursday March 29th at 11:30pm EST, but interviews will be assigned as early as this week, so it would be in your best interest to submit as early as possible.
What does the National Board do? Click to see.
ECAASU, the oldest and largest Asian American student organization in the country, has enjoyed over 34 years of education, advocacy, and activism. Right now, ECAASU is on the cusp of taking on a new direction and this is your chance to become apart of making history.
We are looking for a team of passionate, open-minded students and young alumni who can take the initiative on advancing a variety of issues, work well with a variety of different personalities, and be willing to meet students from every part of the country. We ask that you bring your personality to the table and show us why you belong at the crossroads of the Asian American movement.
We’re looking forward to meeting you.
- The ECAASU Directorate
Executive Associate Director – Strengthen National Board cohesion; assist in building Conference Board relations; travel to host school of annual conference prior to conference. In the event the National Board Executive Director is unable to fulfill his/her duties, the Executive Associate Director will be promoted to serve as National Board Executive Director until the next election.
Associate Director of Advocacy – Lead the Advocacy coordinator(s) on advancing APIA issues around the country and lead the Asian American Studies initiatives of ECAASU; collaborate with students, faculty members, and professors to maintain an Asian American Studies network; pursue civic engagement projects such as voter registration; keep up with and report on any APIA issues as they develop; formulate and advise upon official ECAASU policy positions;
Advocacy Coordinator – Research and advance specific APIA issues around the country; advise as an expert on those issues for the National Board; pursue projects to further advance the Asian American Studies initiative of ECAASU and civic engagement. NOTE: If you feel passionate about a particular issue, specify it in the space below.
Associate Director of Communication – Create a strategy to promote and facilitate the growth of outreach programs, publications/articles, and events; liaise between Conference and National Boards; review publications written by or about ECAASU National; send out online newsletter; create and compile a publication/journal each semester; collect social media data.
Events Coordinator – Facilitate the organization of regional mixers and other events; in charge of documentation and archiving these events through pictures, articles, videos, and/or any other innovative methods; collect event data and feedback.
Outreach Program Coordinator – Lead efforts to network and collaborate with multiple community groups on policy initiatives, volunteer events, and networking opportunities; guide ECAASU programs such as Campus Ambassadors, Interns, and Alumni, compile database of community groups.
Social Media Coordinator – Update the ECAASU website & blog, Facebook, twitter and other social media platforms; collect announcements for online newsletter; archive past ECAASU websites; develop creative and ambitious strategies to promote ECAASU and its activities over the internet.
Associate Director of Development – Create and implement a fundraising plan; manage the annual budget based on funds given by the Directorate; work with the Conference Board on a sustainable conference budget; grant writing skills not required but a plus.
Development Coordinator – Seek out and secure new sponsors (e.g. sources of funding) whose missions and goals align with those of ECAASU’s; grant writing skills not required but a plus.
Fellow – Check this if you are unsure of what position you would like but would still want to be a part of ECAASU National. You will work with members of the National Board in accomplishing a variety of general tasks including: advocacy, development, outreach, research, and maybe saving the world.
The East Coast Asian American Student Union is a national, nonprofit intercollegiate Asian-Pacific American advocacy organization and is the largest and oldest conference in the country for Asian American students.
Duke University is the proud host of the 2012 conference. The theme this year is Rediscovery: Renaissance. Revolution.
REDISCOVERY. Our central theme, rediscovery, reflects our belief that we must challenge ourselves to re-examine the meaning of Asian American, for ourselves and for our community. Rediscovery asks us to build a new framework with which to think about Asian Americans in the landscape of 21st century America. In doing so, our hope is that our programming provokes critical thought and analysis of the contemporary plight of Asian Americans.
RENAISSANCE. At its core, the notion of rebirth and reinvention epitomizes our notion of renaissance. From Asian American YouTube celebrities to rising stars in the political arena, Asian Americans are beginning to challenge conventional stereotypes that defined our past, locate our present, and write our future.
REVOLUTION. The Civil Rights Movement started with a dream, that things could be different, that change was possible. In this context, we need to ask ourselves what does an Asian American movement look like? What change are we fighting for? At the heart of revolution is the understanding that there could be a new reality, a better one, and that people together can unite to bring it about.
Register today!: http://www.conference.ecaasu.org/
I need to register too! Thanks for the reminder :) It’ll be great to see ECAASU National board and other friends again. (And meet new ones of course!)
I’m so excited! I registered yesterday. I just realized that I’m going to be (hopefully) meeting a lot of the Asian American advocate-bloggers from here at the conference. Look out for me! :)
“FROM THE GRASSROOTS: CAMPUS & COMMUNITY ORGANIZING FOR STUDENT LEADERS”
The 2011 Fall Leadership Retreat for the Midwest Asian American Students Union (MAASU) will be hosted on November 11-12 at the University of Illinois at Chicago.
- As you register yourself, you also have the opportunity to register others.
- Before proceeding to the payment webpage, you will see the option to register more people.
IMPORTANT: Group registration does NOT mean that your group gets a discount. Group registration means one person can register multiple people at one time rather than each person registering her/himself.
REGISTRATION RATES - MEMBER SCHOOLS
- Early Registration, $40, September 30-October 7
- Regular Registration, $45, October 8-October 21
- Late Registration, $50, October 22-November 10
- On-Site Registration, $50, November 11-November 12
REGISTRATION RATES - NON-MEMBER SCHOOLS
- Early Registration, $45, September 30-October 7
- Regular Registration, $50, October 8-October 21
- Late Registration, $60, October 22-November 10
- On-Site Registration, $60, November 11-November 12
IS MY SCHOOL A MEMBER SCHOOL?
Email Tedd Vanadilok at email@example.com, or go to www.maasu.org/membership.
- If paying by credit card, pay now via PayPal.
- If paying by check or purchase order, you can submit payment later (you will receive a payment reminder via email).
You may receive a full refund if you cancel your registration by November 7, 11:59pm CST.
After you submit your registration, be sure you receive a confirmation email (check your spam box if you do not see an email in your inbox).
IMPORTANT: If you do NOT receive a confirmation, then assume that you are NOT registered. Email Tedd Vanadilok firstname.lastname@example.org to verify your registration status.
Friday, November 11, 2011 - Saturday, November 12, 2011
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM
The “100,000 Strong Initiative” is a program through which American students are sponsored on scholarships to study in China. As a national effort that started in November 2009, this initiative’s goals are to:
- dramatically increase the number and diversify the composition of American students studying in China
- educate the next generation of American experts on China who will ultimately manage the political, economic and cultural ties between the two countries
- and address the growing need for the United States to understand China as a nation.
Perhaps the last point is the most significant, because the fact is:
Ten times more Chinese students come to the United States for educational programs than Americans who study in China, and 600 times more Chinese study the English language than Americans study Mandarin. This imbalance in knowledge can undermine strategic trust between the two countries. Redressing this imbalance in knowledge is essential to ensuring that Americans have the cultural understanding and language skills that underpin effective diplomacy and foreign policy. It will also enhance our students’ ability to succeed academically and professionally in the global economy.
There has been a substantial growth in students studying abroad in China. However, this government initiative has been trying to rally increasing support in order to fund these scholarships. Americans Promoting Study Abroad, a U.S. nonprofit organization that funds scholarships for high-school students for language study in China, has organized a concert to gather further support. According to the Wall Street Journal, Will.i.am of Black Eyed Peas has been recruited to put on this Benefit Concert in Beijing to support this program, alongside possible Asian-American acts Shunza and Wang Leehom.
While this concert has yet to gain approval from the Chinese Ministry of Culture, I certainly hope that this Benefit Concert educates the public on the growing significant relationship between China and the United States. I further believe that this concert is a great opportunity to educate both the Chinese and the Americans on the music from both nations, and hope that the artists performing will recognize the substantial influence they have on intertwining music education initiatives as well.