Hi! I’m Jelicka, a Psychology and Social Behavior major at UCI. I’d like to say I’m a well reserved person in open, social spaces but when it comes to creating stories, poems, and sharing these experiences with others, I do not hesitate but to open up and let the words naturally speak for themselves. Other than attempting in containing my expanding interest on Asian American courses in college, I aim to also pursue a double major in Education and hopefully reach the steps in becoming a school psychologist. When I’m done successfully cramming projects (woops!), I resort to binge watching spoken word poetry on Youtube or looking forward to the weekend when I can come back home to my parents’ and be carefree with my dogs, Happy and Donut!
I am a recent mechanical engineering graduate of UC Irvine and had the privilege of being a part of Professor Wu’s class. As an Asian American born and raised in San Francisco, I went to a Chinese school and was exceptional in math. I was a typical Asian American and had an Asian bubble of friends. Little did I know that we all come from different walks of life. This project helped me to recognize that even though we are perceived to be a certain way, we have a lot of emotional and psychological burdens that lay underneath our smiles. I hope to uncover more on my Chinese culture and to unfold challenges Asian American faces as I look for a job.
Poem by Daniel Yee
Evan D. Luu
I am majoring in Computer Engineering with a minor in Asian
American Studies. For my project, the two poems reflect the older, affected generation and the newer generation viewpoint. In the first poem, I explore the idea of losing everything and restarting while still being forever different. While in the second poem, I explore the idea of forced assimilation, and to explore their guilt of not knowing their family history. These two poems were made with the intent of exploring history from the insider and the outsiders point of view.