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A Great Addition to Our Community
The D reports on the College’s latest hire:
Aeriel Anderson has been appointed as the pan-Asian and Asian-American advisor and assistant dean in the Office of Pluralism and Leadership after a search process that began in April, according to Office of Pluralism and Leadership Director Alysson Satterlund. Anderson will assume the position — vacated by Nora Yasumura in April — on August 13, Satterlund said.
I have written before about microaggressions and stereotypes targeting Asian Americans. I have written about my frustration of traveling far away from the streets of a racialized America and yet still being accosted by the ignorant. I have shared stories of racial prejudice towards Asian Americans and thoughts on triumphs of breaking boundaries of racial typecasting. I have rambled and reflected, and yet here I am again making issue of Asian American identity. What’s my beef? Why can’t I just “let it go”? Because this shit is in my face everyday. Perpetual foreigner. Model minority. Hypersexualized racial token of femininity. [side note: Is it troubling to anyone else that the wikipages for these Asian American stereotypes were about twelve times as long as that for the term “foreigner”?] Honestly, it is hard to get through a day and not be measured up, compared to, and worn down by these stereotypes. Regardless, I refuse to accept a destiny where I will be a forever foreigner. Coming up against these stereotypes can be tiring to be sure, but instead of allowing them to fester and grow into an insecure identity, I am determined to harness these experiences and use them as fuel towards my goal: to build more inclusive communities through authentic story sharing. So on that note, thank you. Thank you for reading my blog and bearing witness to my lived experience. Thank you for listening to my reflections, ramblings, and yes I know, sometimes even full-out rants. Thank you for sharing in my story.
Microaggressions? More mush from the diversity racket.
Addendum: For your further edification, take a look at the bios of the fifteen (15!) staffers in the College’s Office of Pluralism and Leadership, which styles itself as “Dartmouth’s central resource on gender, culture, race, sexuality, and class.” Oh, and by the way, OPAL has about the same number of people in it as a small academic department like Philosophy, Religion, Classics or Art History.
October 18, 2009
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October 9, 2009
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September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
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August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…