Archiving UAAO

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 - 9:59pm

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What were the first meeting notes like for East Wind, the first space for Asian/Pacific Islander Americans at the University of Michigan back in the ’70s?

What were leaders of color on campus in the late ’90s debating when they occupied the Michigan Union for 38 days straight? 

What were the reactions of Asian-American student organizations during the 2016 election?

These are questions that explore the history of Asians and Asian Americans on this campus, and the best way we can answer them for future students and activists is saving our important work through archiving.

There is unfortunately not a lot about Asian-American organizing and action in the Bentley Historical Library. But the United Asian American Organizations and the Bentley want to change this!

We are gathering vital flyers, meeting notes, videos, Google Documents, events, petitions, projects and so much more to send to the library for archiving, so the legacies of our organizations and their progress is documented and, hopefully, recognized. 

But we need your help! If you have anything related to UAAO and A/PIA student organizations, we would be incredibly happy to see it. Even if it’s something you don’t think is a big deal, it might still be a valuable piece of information that stands for something in our point of time — so send those Canva posters!

We aim to be inclusive and thorough. We want to make sure we are properly representing the A/PIA community.

Students, professors, faculty, staff, alumni — everyone is extremely welcomed to submit. 

Please forward all questions and submissions to Nisa Khan (nisakhan@umich.edu) with [UAAO Archiving Project] as the subject line.

UAAO is also hoping to create a timeline project after the archiving to reflect the amount of research we completed and material we gathered in order to portray the long history we have on this campus. This project aims to be released at the end of this semester on the websites of both UAAO and Michigan in Color!