2012 Student-Run Conference

Asian Pacific American Law 
Student Association

“They all look same,” and the model minority myth are misguided notions that have plagued Asian Pacific Islander (API) communities in the United States, perpetuating the stereotype of Asian

Pacific Americans as a monolithic group of perpetually unwelcome foreigners. Far from a homogenous or monolithic identity, however, the label “API” describes a diverse, complex community of individuals and families who hail from many different ethnic, cultural, and national backgrounds. Rooted in the  Civil Rights Movement, the API Movement has thus focused on finding commonalities to build a sense of community and address shared problems.  Accomplishing this mission has proven challenging, given the wide range of socioeconomic, ethnic, and generational needs of the API community.

Recognizing UCI Law’s unique position to address issues facing the API community in the U.S., and specifically in Southern California, the Curriculum Committee has chosen the Asian Pacific American Law Students Association (APALSA) to sponsor this year’s student-run conference. APALSA is honored to be selected. The broad theme of the conference is “Building Bridges,” focusing on API communities and the law.

However, the content and logistics of conference workshops, panels, and speakers still need to be determined, and we welcome the input of every interested member of the UCI Law community. If you have ideas and would like to help plan substantive workshop or panel content, please join us on Thursday, October 20, 2011 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm in MPAA 408.

Food will be provided. Please email James Yoon (jamesjy@uci.edu) or  Jennifer Chin (jfchin@uci.edu) if you have any questions.