9/16/15 GBM Minutes

Asian Pacific Student Coalition General Body Meeting

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015


  • Icebreaker
  • Announcements
  • Funding Apps
    • Mid Autumn Festival ($150)
      • Presentation (2 min)
      • Motion for Q & A (2 min)
  • Discussion
    • The “Yellowface Poet”
      • http://therumpus.net/2015/09/yellowface-in-poetry/
      • Poet named Michael Derrick Hudson of Fort Wayne, Indiana submitted a poem titled “The Bees, the Flowers, Jesus, Ancient Tigers, Poseidon, Adam and Eve” under the pen name Yi-Fen Chou, and was published in the collection Best American Poetry 2015.
      • “Hudson, who is white, wrote in his bio for the anthology that he chose the Chinese-sounding nom de plume after “The Bees” was rejected by 40 different journals when submitted under his real name. He figured that the poem might have a better shot at publication if it was written by somebody else.”
      • “If this indeed is one of the best American poems of 2015, it took quite a bit of effort to get it into print, but I’m nothing if not persistent,” reads his unabashed explanation.
      • Poem makes one vague reference to Asian culture?

My life’s spent

running an inept tour for my own sad swindle of a vacation

until every goddamned thing’s reduced to botched captions

and dabs of misinformation in fractured,

not-quite-right English: Here sir, that’s the very place Jesus

wept. The Colosseum sprouts and blooms with leftover seeds

pooped by ancient tigers.

    • Questions
      • What are your initial reactions?
      • When is the use of pseudonyms or “pen names” in art acceptable? Is it acceptable in this case?
      • Do you think the idea of “artistic license” (Wikipedia: the distortion of fact, alteration of the conventions of grammar or language, or rewording of pre-existing text made by an artist in the name of art.)  is applicable to this scenario?
  • Constituent Announcements
    • SAS
      • Committee Apps out
      • Collab with other APSC groups for a study break (Chai Tea)
    • Penn Q&A
      • Looking for Communication Chair and Internal Chair
      • GBM in the next week
    • Asian Pacific Nursing Association
      • Adopting a Philanthropy (for Hep B and Liver Cancer)
    • PTS
      • Downtown with KSA, CSA, and AkDPhi on Friday at 11-2 AM
      • “Unleashed”
      • Gen Board Applications
      • Looking for Artists for their philanthropy gala (Isabel Zhu)
      • Chai Chat with Sangnam
    • CSA
      • Culture Show Auditions on Sunday and Monday
      • Last to sign up for Family Groups on Saturday
    • KSA
      • Next Saturday Family group event
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