Welcome Class of 2021!
Your Humor, My Pussy
Your Humor, My Pussy Part 1 (Annabelle Tseng ’19)
In high school, someone in the grade below me equated “Asian pussy” to “moldy sushi egg roll” in an effort to explain why Asian women were unattractive. Opening issue 15 of the Nass and seeing “Eating Asian pussy, all we need is sweet and sour sauce” printed in the Verbatim page was not so much a revelatory experience, but a tired re-encounter of the gross racial fetishization I already knew too well.
Your Humor, My Pussy Part 2 (Rebecca Ngu ’20)
I am not interested in detailing my, our, pain. I’m not interested in deconstructing why, when I was confronted by the words, “Eating Asian pussy, all you need is sweet and sour sauce,” I lost possession of my body, momentarily. Momentarily, because I then snapped back into reality, which is, of course, that those words don’t describe me. How absurd! My body, reduced into a sexual object to be consumed and thrown away like Chinese takeout? The verbatim, which I learned retroactively was a Kanye lyric, touches upon an all-too-familiar dehumanizing exotification of the Asian body, but it says nothing about me, nor any Asian girl I know. But it does say something damning about the culture from which it came.
‘Asian girls everywhere’ poster campaign breaks silence about sexual racialization
“Ni Hao pretty,” “you’re pretty for an Asian,” and “you’re the whitest Asian ever” are among the verbatim comments received by female Asian-American students in the University that will be displayed around campus later this week as a part of a poster campaign.
Letter to the Editor
To our fellow Princetonians,
Every week, the Nassau Weekly publishes “verbatims.” Normally, they’re just funny slice-of-life comments from students. Last weekend, however, one of the verbatim submissions was the sign-off on a fraternity email: “Eating Asian p****, all we need is sweet and sour sauce.”
Welcome to Princeton, Prof. Beth Lew Williams
Congratulations to Professor Beth Lew Williams on becoming Princeton’s second professor specializing in Asian American studies! She joins the History Department, with an affiliation with the Program in American Studies. She is the first Asian American studies historian to be hired by the university.
In Memoriam: Kelly Kuwayama ’40
Yeiichi “Kelly” Kuwayama ’40, the oldest Asian American alumnus of Princeton passed away on June 29. He was 96. Kelly arrived at Princeton way before it was diverse as it is today. He maintained his commitment to diversity at Princeton as a founding member of the Asian American Alumni Association of Princeton (A4P). Kelly was also a distinguished war hero as a member of the 442nd Japanese American infantry unit in WWII. He is to be buried at Arlington National Cemetery in October.
Asian American Studies Fund Success
With $265,347 collected as of June 30, the Asian American Studies Fund easily surpassed its goal of $250,000! The money will be used to help fund research and programming in Asian American studies at Princeton.
The fund is still collecting donations. Donors should contact Jeanie Kim from the Development Office at jeaniek [at] princeton [dot] edu.