Hey Guys, Thanks so much to all that attended the ECAASU NYC Campus Mixer. The event was a huge success and it was a pleasure meeting you all! Below is a reaction piece by Nisha Pradhan, our High School Fellow Check it out!
"Reflection of NYC Mixer" by Nisha Pradhan, High School Fellow of ECAASU
Attending the New York City mixer, which was held at Columbia University on October 15th, was my first mixer. That morning, I had taken the scary PSATS for high school juniors and had rushed over to the event as soon as the test had ended. By the time I arrived, the three panelists had already finished introducing themselves. Deanna, Columbia’s Asian American Alliance, and I worked together to set up and serve lunch to all the attendees. It was my first time serving lunch to anyone—my servings were at first clumsy and admittedly held the line up (Sorry everyone!), but I got the hang of it soon enough.
During lunch, we showed the Harold and Kumar trailer to everyone and had a small trivia game. It was fun to see how much people knew about the little-known facts about the Asian American community that related to the Harold and Kumar series!
Following lunch, Calvin presented the group with ice breakers and networking questions. He had us stand up when a statement was personally true, and remain sitting when a statement was not. He asked us questions about what we identified ourselves as, what our personal views on interracial dating were, if we had ever been made fun of our discriminated against due to our ethnicity, and if we were ever victims of hate crimes. The answers to those questions turned out to be a great insight into our own personalities and beliefs, and even an overarching representation of today’s ever-changing Asian American community. I was the only South Asian American present at the mixer. Some were one of the few second generation immigrants present. Some approved of interracial dating, and some did not. Few had been victims of hate crimes, but many were building a consensus to change that. Each of these discoveries helped to shine a light for the group to understand not only the need for Asian Americans from all walks of life—East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian—to remain united as a community, but also recognize the progress that the Asian American community have made and is continuing to make.
Overall, the NYC mixer turned out to be an eye-opening experience for those new to Asian American activism. Everyone—myself included—had an amazing time meeting students from the tri-state area and discussing with each other our passion for Asian American activism. Like many, I look forward to the mixers coming up in the next few weeks as well as the 2012 Conference at Duke University, and can’t wait to see more familiar faces at both places!