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  • Collection: Student Perspectives

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My artwork is a short yet powerful poem that paints my stance and view of the UCSD campus climate. The motivation of my artwork is two-fold: 1. an assignment my CAT class, 2. I felt compelled to share my perspective on the climate that I experienced coming as a freshman to this university.

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After getting assigned a reading in class we had to respond and explain our perspective on the campus climate at UCSD. My poem was motivated by the events that happened during the "Compton Cookout" and the recent chalkings on campus, as well as the administrations response to each event.

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Reading Response for CAT class.

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My motivation was the recent election as well as personal experience and past UCSD events.

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This reading response is 5th assignment in Dr. Solomon's CAT 1. It is about my reflection after reading chapter 4 of Kong's Re-Examining Diversity Policy at UCSD.

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Despite our differences, we are all human. As humans, we work together to support one another during times of trouble. Although we may have different ideals and goals, we all have blood coursing through our veins, making us more similar than we think we are.

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I thought a haiku would be an effective but subtle and thought provoking way to demonstrate a glaring problem that should be addressed.

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This work was influenced by my experiences during this first quarter of mine. What I saw throughout each week as new events kept occuring.

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After certain events demonstrating anti-immigrant and anti-POC sentiment at UCSD, it can be easy for anyone to be distrustful of their fellow student. But I think the university is generally full of good people who don't aspire to bigotry, so I think students should start growing paranoid that others are going to hurt them. The school is a mostly safe place that is mostly united in combatting fear and bigotry. Students should remember that.

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My motivation for this was the fact that my eyes were opened to the underlying fact that the Asian American group here at UCSD is seen as a non-minority group and because of this is sort of excluded from beneficial resources that can help aid them in their studies.

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Since my father is very pessimistic, I've inherited his negative point of view in writing my essay. Coming from an Asian family, I know all about the "minority success" and that there are still plenty of problems with racism hidden from the outside world but prominent internally. Writing this essay allowed me to express some of my thoughts on these two topics.

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This is a short response essay to Angela Kong's work on the racial politics of UCSD, and how it has affected my views of UCSD's social climate. This essay was submitted to my CAT 1 course as well.

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According to my experience in UCSD, the racism especially toward the Asian is not as a big problem as written in Kong's writing described.

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It is for my CAT 1 class and our class is geared towards migration narrative. Now, we are looking at current dilemmas and trying to incorporate our experiences to add on to the conversation that is posed.

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A few pictures with writing on my experience in UCSD

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Originally part of a reading response for a CAT 1 course, this micro-story is based on my experiences of the UCSD campus climate.

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To discuss Angela Kong's essay.

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To show my views and opinions on what I have experienced at UCSD in regards to the campus climate.

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One page story based on recent pro-trump chalkings in UCSD and inspired by personal experiences of xenophobia and attitudes towards Asians. This is for a CAT class on migration narratives taught by Professor Solomon.

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A short piece describing the contradictory aspects of common attitudes of social liberalism at UCSD. Partially inspired by Angela Kong's "Re-Examining Diversity Policies at UCSD." I was asked to reflect on this piece for a class as well; you can excerpt the reflection page and the header for the archive.

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This poem describes how I have felt over the past quarter at UCSD. It shows how I was excited, hesitant, and then content.

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Class assignment.

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The American culture of escapism as the habitual failure to solve one's own psychological problems and a excuse to forget/postpone the fight to solve societal problems.

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The following document is a reading response assigned by Professor Amanda Solomon for the CAT1 course. It primarily focuses to reflect on the diversity policies of the university and the analysis made by Angela Kong in Re-Examining Diversity Policy at UCSD.

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The inclusion of minorities in UCSD.

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I took a class on "migration narratives" and realized in the end that I don't really quite relate with any of those narratives on a personal level. Fun times.

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This is a reflection of my experience of the UCSD campus climate.

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The course Cuture, Art and Technology 1 significantly changed my perspectives about the immigration. As the last reading response, my paper mainly focuses on my personal experiences in UCSD and how they relate to the Kong's analysis.

I wanted to simply and accurately express my feelings about how I perceived UCSD as a place and a space for all people.

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Freshman Orientation was the first day i had officially spent at UCSD, so of course everything was influential to me of how I would view the school. First impressions, I had an immediate culture shock to see the minority groups to be the majority of the population at school. I would always remember the conversation I had with Bob because he had taken stereotypes out of a context I was used to before. Being in an new environment and using those generalizations resonated with me and how I would view myself to be.

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Reading Response #5 assignment for CAT 1A with Professor Amanda Soloman.

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“Other” is a call to attention for individuals who identify as mixed and choose not to confine themselves to one of their ethnicities. Mixed people often lack a true sense of belonging when confronted with ethnic organizations in college. I want to raise awareness for the struggles that mixed people encounter and the pressures put on us to pick only one of our heritages to represent ourselves. We are not always accepted in either end of our own personal ethnic spectra; we must create our own identities without having to settle for “Other” as if life is a single-answer questionnaire.

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To show my impression of UCSD's climate

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The purpose of these two drawings it to critique the phenomenon that the number of freshmen is increasing every year while the resources at our school are still very limited so that students have to share lots of resources have to be shared by students.

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The artwork is the second page of the file upload. It's part of CAT1 course's homework. I'm sorry for just drawing some simple comics because I'm really not skillful in painting.

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It was motivated by my abroad study experience from 3 years high school and 1 quarter college. I used to think immigration .are simple choice and people stay with the people comes from same country. However, Kong's paper teaches me that as Asian Americans, people face problem unlike both Asian and American. It is open minded

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*The photo was taken in the 2016 Triton Day. In the photo, there is a lion dance performance, which is originated in Southeast Asian, on the library walk.
Triton Day become my first impression about the UCSD: the campus promotes different cultures, advocating the coexistence of different cultures and different racial groups

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My own experience motives me to draw the picture.

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I see different people unite together on campus. They are in different position, but they have the same goal. They all want freedom, and justice. I think UCSD has achieved this goal, or it is achieving.

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I was inspired to draw this after reading Angela Kong's thesis, Re-examining Diversity Policy at UCSD. In her thesis, she talks about how Asian Americans were underserved despite being a model minority and agree with her point of view.

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The Interrobang was invented by advertising executive Martin K. Speckter in 1962 to convey surprised questions by using a single punctuation mark. The Interrobang caught on for a time and became a standard key on some models of Remington and Smith-Corona typewriters. Now, there is a movement to restore the Interrobang as a regular punctuation on computer keyboards and cell phones. Through my artwork, I am proposing the idea of an emotional reaction to the UC San Diego campus events that have affected all students. The Interrobang embodies the shock of hearing such news.

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UCSD climate based on my experience so far at the University.

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For an assignment for my CAT class, I sketched a picture of what I thought was a representation of UCSD and environment and climate of the campus.

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The artwork features two photos. The photos feature two of my Asian American friends. The quotes on the pieces of paper say "I am still and ethnic minority" and "I don't have straight As". The quotes strive to show the audience that Asian Americans are not model minorities and the stereotypes given to Asian Americans by society are incorrect.

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When I first thought of how Asian Americans are portrayed in the minority world, I thought of it as a missing puzzle piece. Asian is just a generalized term to categorize people who live around relatively the same area of the world and there is so much more diversity within this term. There is a wall separating us from the rest of them, but when we're put together, we make up UCSD as a whole unit, like a finished puzzle.

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There are four photos which I took to represent how the campus normally looks and four of same images which are made so that it looks like one is looking at the campus through a kaleidoscope. The original pictures were how I first saw the campus, the stillness and division of our campus not less due to our separation of each college but also the racial aspects. The ones through the kaleidoscope describes what I have slowly been seeing as I spend more time at UCSD. That even though we are divided in many ways, there are also events that brings the campus alive and together.

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The undergraduate enrollment statistics present Asians at being the highest percent of ethnicity enrolled at UCSD. As an incoming Asian American student I thought that I could easily feel this sense of belonging. However, I did not consider the several ethnic groups of Asia and how much different I would still be and feel amongst them. The photo above symbolizes how we are grouped as one but are still composed of unique characteristics as individuals.

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Although Mexico is a mere thirty miles away, I feel as if once I enter the UCSD campus I barely see anyone that resembles me. This allows me to interact with other students from all over the world and it is a great learning experience overall.

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I painted a piece that reflected how I felt early on in the quarter here at UCSD. I felt isolated here because it was a completely new environment and I didn't think I would find people I could relate to, as isolated as Blacks Beach. The trees and forest vibe of the campus was comforting until the chalk writings appeared reflecting Trump's hatred, that's when the campus felt truly dark at night. The place I found peace at was the Raza Resource Centro all this time because it felt so welcoming despite everything.

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There's two tridents: one black wrapped with white strips and one white wrapped with yellow stripes. Those four colors represent the racial diversity at UCSD. The LGBTQ background color also show how the campus welcome all individuals. The person with a question mark signifies that students are unaware of the complexities of racial issues.
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