"Activist accentuates Asian-American attributes." November 10, 2004

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"Activist accentuates Asian-American attributes." November 10, 2004
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Asian Kaleidoscope Month articles and advertisements in the Florida Alligator
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English
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Sirmons, Jeff
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Independent Florida Alligator
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4, ALLIGATOR-WEDNESDAY,NOVEMBER 10, 2004Activist accentuates Asian-Americanattributes KRISTINAWONGSPOKEAGAINSTSTEREOTYPING.ByJEFF SIRMONSAlligator WriterKristina Wong,anAsian American comedianandactivist, stripped offherAsian-made clothes, includinghershoes,pantsandcoat, leaving only a one-piecebathingsuit featuringanAmerican flag design. She said shestrippedto highlight American fearsaboutcontracting SARS, adeadlyrespiratory illnessthatoriginated in Asia. "All those Chinese people spit ting inthestreet -youcouldhaveit already," she said, mockingherChinese mother. Wong,whoperformsheractaroundthecountry,usedhumorto challenge the mostly Asian American audienceatthe ReitzUniononTuesdaynightto becomeproudofwhothey are, regardlessofrace,genderorsexual preference. Duringtheperformance, sherana mock auctionwiththe audience inwhichshe sold keepsakesofherlife shedeemedmemoriesoftimeswhenshehadnoself confidence. "She failedatforcingthe'Chineseness'onherself,andthusthe Chinese backscratchershavecollecteddustin the closet," Wong said, speakingofherself as she sold the backscratchers for onlyonesym bolic "chill-pill." Inheropeningact,anoverheadprojector listed elementsofheractthatare necessary tobeaproperAsian-American activist. "Me notloveyoulong time," she said as she checked offthebulletlabeled"speakoutagainst thedeadhorse Asian-American stereotype""IthelpsUSbecomeawareofwhoweareandwhatweareabout.Herworkschal-lengethenormalAsianAmericanperception."Satish KunisiAsian Student Union spokesmanof sexual proclivity. Satish Kunisi, spokesman for the AsianStudentUnion,whichhostedthiseventaspartofAsian-American Awareness Month, said Wong'shu-morportrays the problemwithnotbeingproudofheritage. "It helpsusbecomeawareofwhoweareandwhatweareabout:'hesaid. "Her workschallengethenor mal Asian-American perception." Dancer Shyamala Moorty displayedIndianpovertybyposingas apeasantIndianwomanwhocan foresee the future. "1 smell rancid fried food, urineandtrouble," she said as she cleanedupashopkeeper'sstand. Moorty's performance exempli fied the complex relationsbetweenIndianHindusandMuslims.WILLIAMWITTDDSGILBERTBRODACH f) M f) General&CosmeticDentistryOrthodonticsSingleVisitRestorationsCUSTOM MADE .")021 N W 34thSt378-4100HurryinforagreateducationLeavewithmoreplacestogo.YoucanworkasaRespiratoryCarePractitioner,PoliceOfficer,DentalReceptionist,HeatingandACServiceTech.,BiomedicalManufacturingTech.,WebServerAdministrator,CorrectionsOfficerorProfessionalPilotSalariesRangingfrom$20K-$40KormoreVeryHighJobPlacementQuick-someprogramsinaslittleas4monthsLearnmoreaboutour60-pfuscareerfast-trackdegreesand certinca/es, anduniversitytransferdegrees.Classesareofferedday,evening,weekendandonline. Friday,November1211:15a.m.-In-LineSkatersandWheelchairs11:30a.m.-RunnersandWalkersTwo Mile Fun Run Registration$10Pre-Registration@ UFTrackOffice(Lemerand Center)9a.m. to4p.m.$10Pre-Registration@FloridaBlueKeyOffice(Reitz Union)9a.m. to4p.m.$10Pre-Registration@GainesvilleHealth&Fitness6p.m. to8p.m.$10On-lineRegistration@ www.ufhomecoming.org/events/gatorgallop.htm $15DayofEventRegistration@PercyBeardTrack(James G. Pressly Stadium) SUNThUST Formoreinformation,call the Florida Blue Key office at 352-337-0022 or the UF Track office at 375-4683 ext. 4400. SponsoredbySunTrust, Homecoming '04, Florida BlueKey,and the University Athletic Association, Inc.HarcourtChildren'sBooksColeenSalley '#'aa1to'#'cMCJ+1.'#'u7ad. "Mama,whydon'tpossumshavehairontheirtail?""Child,itgoesbacktoyourgreat-great-grandpa."AtwistonanUncleRemustale.JanetStevens,illus.$16.00.TonyJohnston 1{)o.'tm?ami4. Recentlyarrivedintheirneighborhood,theWormfamilyfindsnothingtolikeabouttheglossy,bossy,buggyneighbors.Shouldtheystayputormoveon?StacyInnerst,illus.$16.00.RobertWeinstock tj