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Campus Round Up: Ethnic Studies Faces Budget Cuts. Constance Wu, Norm Mineta Speak from Heart

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Students at San Francisco State can expect to see fewer classes being offered in Ethnic Studies under budget cuts, reports the  Golden Gate Express.

Shannon Deloso who is the Ethnic Studies representative on the Associated Students heard the bad news this week during a meeting about upcoming budget cuts.

“We hope that we can get together and find a common ground rather than just have everything taken away from us,” Deloso said. “This school prides itself on Ethnic Studies and social justice, so these cuts are such a contradiction.”

A student only forum will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. in the Ethnic Studies and Psychology building, Room 116 to organize against the cuts. Many lecturers could lose their jobs under the new budget.

At the University of Southern California, actress Constance Wu spoke about something dear to her-diversity in Hollywood.

“Hollywood has made the French accent a sexual thing and the Chinese accent a clowny thing,” Wu said to an audience gathered at the event put on by the Asian Pacific American Student Association. “There’s nothing shameful about your heritage, but Hollywood has made it shameful.”

According to the Daily Trojan, she also talked about racism in Hollywood, the impact of racism on her and how she got into acting.

“We have our ideas of what romantic ladies look like,” Wu said. “Why can’t an acne-ridden girl or a fat girl be cast in the role for The Notebook?”

Norm Mineta

Norm Mineta

Former Secretary of Transportation Norm Mineta spoke to students at Yale at the Asian American Cultural Center, reports the Yale Daily.
 
“I’ve only seen my dad cry three times,” Mineta said. “Once was on the 7th of December, because even though he was an immigrant from Japan, he couldn’t understand why the land of his birth was attacking the land of his heart. He came to really love the United States of America.”

It wouldn’t be long after that when Franklin Roosevelt would sign executive order 9066 ordering the mass incarceration of Japanese Americans to incarceration camps.  Fast forward decades later when President Ronald Reagan would sign a bill granting $20,000 in redress to those imprisoned.

“It was a great moment when that bill was signed into law,” Mineta said as his voice began to crack.  “To me, the most striking part of that legislation was the part that said, ‘And the Congress, on behalf of the American people, apologizes for those people’s mistreatment who were evacuated and interned.’”

 

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