• NCORE Team


    john vang
        


    JOHN VANG

    Undergraduate Senior
    Majoring in English/Education
    Originally from Champlin, MN

     


    WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO PARTICIPATE IN THE HAMLINE UNIVERISTY NCORE NETWORK?
    I decided to participate in the NCORE network for a few reasons. One is that I have always been interested in the topic of oppression, racism in particular, and it affects on all kinds of people. I wanted to get inside the topic and learn about different concepts so that I may one day contribute to anti-racism work. Another reason for participating in the NCORE Network is because I want to bring some knowledge to this campus. We live in a predominantly white institution where race is something that is not talked about. I want Hamline to feel that and to experience it. My last reason is because I wanted to represent the Hmong community. We live in a small campus but I want our campus community to know that we have a voice and it is not small. We are also a part of this continuous struggle in educating the community around us.

    WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE NCORE MEMORY or SESSION?

    My favorite NCORE memory would be meeting Jeff Chang. Not only is he the author of what is proclaimed to be the “Bible of Hip-Hop,” Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop but a multiculturalism activist whose words go unseen. He has inspired me to appreciate Asian-American literature a lot more and to always preach the true philosophy of hip-hop. I was able to meet him, have my copy of Can’t Stop, Won’t Stop signed by him and to have the opportunity of allowing him to influence and inspire me. It was a memory that I will not forget.

    My favorite session would have to be You Mean There’s Race in My Movies. During this session, the presenters used theatrical performance to present about how race is portrayed in mainstream films. They brought with them innovative concepts and evidence to back up their ideas. What was also great was how they applied their presentation to current events to reflect on real life occurrences. Definitely, very humorous, punctual and mind blowing. This is a session for everyone to see, even if you have your own knowledge of how race is portrayed in film.

    WHAT DID YOU TAKE AWAY FROM THE NATIONAL CONFERENCE?
    I have three words that explain what I took from the conference and those words are: Culture, Respect and Empowerment. This entire work that we call “anti-racial work” is a culture of its own. It is a way of life that we all live if we have obtained a racial lens. We can be Hispanic, Black, White, Asian or Native, but it is our way of life. Respect comes from my heart to those that presented as well as those who attended. I have a new respect for those who devote their lives to this work because every little step is a step closer to truly understanding how race affects all of us. Empowering because the conference was simply empowering. As I stepped into the Marriott Hotel I felt empowered because I knew something was going to flip my mind. The words of everyone encouraged me to stay in this work, as it could be easy to just quit and tell myself that I am giving up.

    WHAT ARE YOUR PERSONAL GOALS FOR THIS ACADEMIC YEAR?
    My personal goals for my participation in NCORE and anti-racism during the academic year are to: (1) Continue this journey of self-learning; (2) Take action within anti-racism work; (3) Teach others about the existence of racial oppression and its effects on all people; and (4) Stay strong and not give up in this struggle

     

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