PanAsia Solidarity Coalition
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PanAsia Solidarity Coalition is a student-run RSO at the University of Chicago dedicated to intersectional political advocacy centered on Asian/Asian-American identity. Without presuming that “Asian/Asian-American” are self-evident, stable, or homogenous categories, PanAsia Solidarity Coalition seeks to ally with other minority groups to promote solidarity at the University of Chicago, and aims to work with other Asian identity groups on campus to provide complementary political and social spaces for students, such as discussions, events, current events-related programming, and published statements.
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Our founder Jay Monteverde once said:
"One of the greatest concepts behind PanAsia is unity. As individual organizers, and as individual ethnicities, we can only do so much. But with PanAsia, and with a Pan Asian identity, we can shout together in a unified voice that people of Asian descents are three-dimensional human beings, with stories and histories that reflect the full range of human experience. We will celebrate, learn, and teach about our lives, our experiences; we will not be relegated to two-dimensional stereotypes; nor will we remain the invisible, nameless 'other' any longer."
Behind the Name
Mr. Monteverde's statement on the importance of unity highlights what individuals can do to contribute to the greater whole. Together as a political entity, Asian Americans have the potential to build an undeniable presence. At the same time - in building that political solidarity - it is important that the individual ethnic groups retain their uniqueness and not be compressed into a homogeneous bloc, since each group has its own history and challenges. PanAsia hopes to offer a springboard for greater insight and dialogue on the issues facing Asia and Asian America.
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