On Monday, February 27th 2012, a Westwood apartment inhabited by three UCLA students was vandalized with explicit anti-Hispanic and sexist slurs. This incident sheds light on to a continuing issue of campus climate at UCLA that continues to persist after previous anti-minority statements made on campus.
In 2011, former UCLA student Alexandra Wallace made waves on the internet and in the community when a viral video emerged of her disparaging Asian American students at UCLA. Her culturally insensitive and bigoted remarks drew the ire of the Asian American community as well as the larger UCLA and international communities. Within days, the incident had become well known and was a major source of controversy for the University. As a community at UCLA that has stood up against hateful speech in the past, it is our duty once again to stand in solidarity with the Latino/Latina and Chicano/Chicana community at UCLA. We cannot simply stand by idly when our friends, colleagues, and classmates are being singled out for intimidation by such hateful actions.
We wish to call attention to the importance of finding institutionalized ways to combat latent attitudes of racism and bigotry on this campus. Student groups have been lobbying UCLA administration for several years now to modify the GE requirements to require Ethnic Studies and similar classes that help draw attention to discrimination and inequality that still exist in our society today. In 2011, students passed the CUE initiative, which stated to administration that students were in support of such a modification to the GE requirements. Let this incident be a reminder that even today, these efforts are still relevant as they provide students with the resources to be the agents to combat these attitudes.
We call upon the current and future Undergraduate Students Association Councils to prioritize issues of campus climate with concerted and deliberate programs and initiatives. We also call upon USAC to be a key supporter of the GE requirement modification. And lastly, we call upon the UCLA community to stand together against these racist and bigoted attitudes on campus to send a clear message to everyone that these attitudes are not welcome in our communities, in our school, or in our country.
Are you looking for opportunities to get involved with APC? Do you have an interest in working for societal change? APC has many ways for you to get involved!
The first Singafest Asian Film Festival which will be presented from Sept. 29th – Oct. 2nd, 2011 at Bigfoot’s Majestic Crest, a beautiful Art Deco-inspired movie palace in the Westwood neighborhood of Los Angeles. The UCLA Asian Pacific Coalition will be hosting two movies at this festival, “My Wedding and Other Secrets,” directed by Roseanne Liang starring Michelle Ang and Matt Whela and “Kidnapper (Bang Fei),” directed by by Kelvin Tong starring Christopher Lee.
Tickets can be obtained from the Singafest website. APC will be in attendance at the kickoff party and the two APC hosted movies! Please come and show your support while enjoying new movies from up and coming directors and stars!
APC is also raffling off free all-access passes! Check out our Facebook event for details!
Just a few simple steps.
1. Click “ATTEND” on this event, so your name can be entered into the raffle. [http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=220752007977885]
2. Follow Asian Pacific Coalition and Singafest on Twitter (@apcucla and @SingafestLA) and tweet this message: @apcucla @SingafestLA I’m attending #singafestfilmfestival! (If you do both, your name will be entered twice, and you’ll have more chances to win!)
3. RSVP your attendance at the KICK-OFF party here: http://singafest.eventbrite.com/
4. SHOW UP AT THE KICK-OFF PARTY on SEPTEMBER 29th. The 2 winners will be announced there. There will be other door prizes available, too, including a brand new HTC Desire Smartphone.
Established in the fall of 1975, the Asian Pacific Coalition (APC) is a coalition of 24 Asian and Pacific Islander (API) organizations. These member organizations represent many different geographic regions, languages, cultures, and generations that contribute to the diversity of the campus. APC also serves as the officially recognized voice of API students on campus, working with the Asian American Studies Center and Department, USAC, and UCLA administration, as well as other non-API student communities on campus.
We work on many issues, including:
- Access to Education
- Immigration Issues
- Labor Rights
- API Media Portrayal
- Lesbian, Gay, Transgender, Bisexual (LGBT) Issues
- Hate Crimes
We also host many different exciting events, including:
- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)
- Asian Pacific Islander Graduation (APIG)
- Fall into APC! General Meeting
- Art Exhibits and Spoken Word/Poetry Performances
- Film Screenings
- Where is the Love? Hate Crimes Awareness
- Super Fun Social Events
- Co-programmed events with member organizations