"Kaleidoscope colors month with Asia's vivid culture." November 3, 1997.

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"Kaleidoscope colors month with Asia's vivid culture." November 3, 1997.
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Asian Kaleidoscope Month articles and advertisements in the Florida Alligator
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Shah, Nirvi
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MONDAY, NOVEMBER 3,1997,ALLIGATOR, 3Professor:SubtleracismsaturatesmediaByWILLVASHAlligatorWriterKELLI TAYLOR Garrison Gerard,3,takes a rideona tire swingatKanapaha ParkonTower Road.KaleidoscopecolorsmonthwithAsia'svividculturesByNIRVISHAHAlligatorWriterUP's Asianstudentshopeto ulti vate anewappreciationfortheirculturesthisNovemberduringAsian KaleidoscopeMonth.This year's celebration focuses onhowdifferentAsiangroupshaveunitedtodisplaytheirculturesratherthantochastisethosewhohavetroddenupon their cultures. "The major difference is usually Kaleidoscope isrunwith a lot of speakerswhosayhowAsians havebeenmistreated," said Marilyn Fong Yee, directorofKaleidoscope. "This year,theideaislearningthroughentertainment."Thefestivitiesbegintodaywithanorganizational fairontheReitz UnionColonnadefrom11a.m. to 2 p.m. Alongwithinformationbooths, studentswillbedemonstratingChineseandKorean calligraphy. Fong-Yee saidthisyear,. Kaleido scope is amorediverse displayofAsian cultures. "Wetriedtoincludemoregroups ...becausealotofpeople misinterpretwhenyousay Asian.Theythink'Oh, soyou'reChinese.'" This vivid diversity isshownintheAsianStudentUnion's collaborationwiththeLesbian, GayandBisexualStudentUnion. Together,theywillbringDenise Uyeharaandhershow"Mad Asian BitchonWheels" to the' ReitzUnionballroomNov. 5at8 p.m. Uyehara explores love, datingandsexualorientationthroughtheeyesofanAsian-American woman.TheAsian ShowcaseintheReitz UnionballroomonNov.12at7 p.m. will .demonstrateAsia's diversity.Studentswillperformdancesandexhibittraditionalclothing. Fong-Yee,anadvertising junior, saidshelooks forwardtoa perform anceof"ExittheDragon," athreemanplayaboutactors strugglingtoacceptthemselvesandtheiridenti ties. "ExittheDragon" isproducedbyactress Ming-NaWenof"The Joy Luck Club"and"ER."Theplay will be Nov.21at7 p.m. intheReitzUnionAuditorium,precededbyfilm showings days beforetheperformance. .Allmovies will be intheReitz Union Auditorium."BigBrawl" starring JackieChanwillbeNov. 19at8 p.m.; "EntertheDragon" starring BruceLeewill beonNov. 20at8 p.m.; "Dragon: The BruceLeeStory" will beonNov.21at10p.m.;and"Kama Sutra" will be on Nov. 23at8 p.m.TheVietnameseStudentOrganizationwillholdtheMr.andMissCharmingPageantonNov. 14.VSOpreSidentCamNguyen saidthepageant is for anyone who knowsaboutandappreciatestheculture. Thegroupis still looking for contestants."IwantpeopletoknowthattheVietnamesecultureismorethantheythink,"Nguyensaid. "It'snotallaboutwar-thereis abrighterside." Havinggrownupin Chi cago'sinnercity, Woodssaidsheknewsome"white boysthatcouldhurtyou"thatshehadseeninreal life,butneverontelevision.Assophisticatedwatchers, Woodsurgedtheaudiencetousee-mailandlet media executivesknowwhensomethingis wrong. Woods said itworkedfor fansofthetelevisionshow"Living Single," Fox Network;s positive portrayaloffour sin. gle African-AmericanwomenlivinginNew York.Whenthenetwork pulled it,thenetwork received a large volume of complaintsandeven tuallyputit backontheair. "Theybowedtothepres sure," Woods said. "The pressure comes from people like you." alwaysthecase,shesaid. "This is a new, different, in sidious kindofracism," Woods said. "This isnotthekindofracismwhereyousee a crossburning or yousee somebodyhanging,thisistheracismthatyouwill miss ifyou'renotpaying attention." Woods saidthesesubliminalmessagesdeliveredinthemassof20,000to30,000 times a day ultimatelyteachconsumersthat,"ifyouare blonde,youare thiS, ifyouare blackyouarethat,andifyou'reablackmale,youaretobeavoided." Woods saidtheoverall man ner in which blacks are por trayed"isa real problem" for her. "When we see gangs in.L.A. or in New York, we seetheperpetuationoftheblackandLatino male asgangmembers," Woods. said.Free rideway people like me were por trayed," Woods said."Ifoundoutthatwe'reeithernotthereorwe'rethereina waythatdoesnotreflect me."Thatmisrepresentation led Woodstofurther analyzetheissueofminorities inthemediaandparticularly in advertising. Woods saidsheknew blacks existed,andtheyboughtthings,butfromanadvertising stand point,theywere either invisibleorvisibleandstereotyped.woodsconcededadvertisershavetostereotypetoa degreebecausetheyhavesuchashorttimetomaketheirpoint. However,shethinksAsiansandAfrican-Americansaresubtlyportrayedasbeneatheveryone else. Sheaddedwhitemales are victims as. well.Theyare portrayedas wealthy, successfulbusinessmen,andthatisnotCitytodebategay provIsionatmeetingCity officials willcontinuetoexploretheissueofsexualorientationinGainesville'santi-discriminationordinanceatameetingtonight.Anadhoccommitteeonhumanrights,headedbyMayor-CommissionerBruceDelaneyandCommissionerPegeenHanrahan,wascreatedaboutthreemonthsago to drawuparecommendationtothefullcommission.At 6 p.m. in City Hall, city staffareexpectedtogiveapresentationontheproceduresneededtoincludesexualorientationintheanti-discrimination ordinance.Delaneysaidthecommitteewilllookspecificallyatprotectinggaysinareasofemployment.Publiccommentwillbetakenaspartof the committee'saimtofindoutwhetherenoughsupportexistsforachangetotheordinance.TheprotectedclassesunderGainesville'scurrentanti-discriminationordinanceonlyin clude sex, race, color, religionandnaturalorigin. AtthelastmeetingonOct. 20,thecommitteeheardfrom citystaff'andUFscientistsabouthowothermunicipalitieshavedealtwithgayrights measures.TheHumanRights CouncilofNorthCentral Florida alsopresentedastudytothecommitteethatfoundof195AlachuaCountyresidents,mostofwhomwere gay, 27percentsaidtheyhadwitnessed discriminationin.employment,and57percentsaidtheyhadbeenthevictimof violenceorharassment.Some residentshavevoicedtheirdispleasurewiththepossibilityofreconside.ringtheissue after 57percentofcountyvoterssaidtheydidnotwanttoincludesexualorientationina similarcountyordinancein1994. This isthethirdoffourmeetingsscheduledontheissue.ThenextmeetingwillbeinDecember. Arecommendationisexpectedtobeforwardedtothecommissionbytheendoftheyear.ByKIMBERLYWISCHNOWSKIAlligatorWriterThe mass media stereotype people of color,andit isthepublic's responsibilitytobe "so phisticated media consumers" and recognize these generaliza tions, aUPpublic relations pro fessor said Thursday night. GailBakerWoods,chairwomanofthepublic relationsdepartment,discussed racisminthemediawithstuden'tsandfacultyinGannettAuditoriumas partofStudentsTaking Ac tion Against Racism week. Woods said she first noticed media stereotypes while teach ing advertisingattheUniversity of MissouriatColumbia, where she wasthefirst blackwomanever hired as a professor."Iwatchedthenewsandbe came veryinterestedinthe