Department of Politics - Princeton University Princeton University

Asian American Student Association provides insight into Asian female experience

In the month of October the Asian American Student Association focused on Asian American feminism and solidarity with women of color in light of October being Domestic Violence Awareness Month. They kicked off their efforts through “Asian Girls Everywhere”, a campaign that focuses on the experiences of Asian (American) women on campus and how they have dealt with the identity’s unique injustices, like racism, sexism, and stereotypes. The name of their campaign comes from a Childish Gambino song; they deliberatly used a lyric that erases the identity of Asian American women to show that Asian women are everywhere and thus should not be ignored or erased in the social conscious.

The group spoke to AAPI women across campus and transformed their stories into powerful statements that were spread around campus in the form of posters, laptop stickers, and a zine (a collection of text and images to convey experiences in a creative, visual manner). The group also manned a table at Frist so that curious students were able to ask about the campaign and about Asian American feminism in general.

These efforts were funded by the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice and the Program in American Studies.