The general messages and meaning I understood from the reading were that Asian American, or ethnic studies, are relatively recent and that there is a continuous struggle to be seen and heard and because of this struggle, AsAm studies are not given enough funding, permanency, and voice. For example, on the CRAASH article, the students wanted to organize an AsAm program at Hunter College but the lack of funding prevented it from getting its resources and needed attention. Also the writer states that because the program was so horrible before, there was very little student interest and since not many students cared, the program worsened. Then in I Spy Hotel, Mr. Takabayashi goes and begins the class about the AsAm experience which is like an ethnic course but what seems to be like a reoccuring theme is the banning and closing down of his position in the university. In Unemoto’s piece, I see the ideas of empowerment and activism because the student leaders are striking for education that includes easily accessible material for minorites, in addition to their role in politics and how aware they are of their role.
I don’t think the Smith reading really related to AsAm studies but I saw it as a way to highlight how “people of color”/”women of color” are framed from a shared oppression by white supremacy. Even though they all seem to have this “shared victimhood” they still victimize each other. I thought it was interesting how Smith included the idea of the heteropatriarchal society and the threats against it.