Monday, March 23, 2009

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

In 1992, the U.S. government passed a law that the month of May is to be designated as Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. It's a time where we celebrate Asian-American culture and history, and recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Asian-Americans to our country.
So, at the University of Michigan, we make a big deal about it. But, because our regular semester ends earlier than most schools and a lot of students are gone in May, we celebrate it in April on our campus. Yay!
Starting March 29th, UMAD is working with UAAMSA and AAPHA on a collaborative art and diversity project. We will be making 1000 origami cranes to raise money for C.S. Mott Children's Hospital. Be on the lookout for details and updates on how to participate!

Annual APA Health and Culture Fair at Med Sci II!

On February 2nd, we had the opportunity to host a booth and present a workshop at UAAMSA's annual health and culture fair. We love UAAMSA! T'was a fun time to serve the community, educate the public about oral health, and of course eat some yummy Asian food.

Monday, January 19, 2009

dr. martin luther king jr. day

UMAD's been having a slow start. i often wonder if there really is a need for such an organization and what is our purpose. recently, an unfortunate incident occurred at the dental school. one of my friends (who is asian-american) was seen in the pre-doctoral clinics as a new patient. the supervising clinical instructor made a racist comment. my friend was initially more appalled than offended, that someone in our progressive utopia of ann arbor, moreover a faculty member at our extremely diverse university of michigan, would ever say such a thing, especially to a PATIENT.

my friend reported to have emailed the dean and received a reply that he would "ensure these things won't happen again".

anyway, you and i likely know that people in the dental school make ridiculous comments ALL THE TIME.

so, if anything, UMAD exists to raise awareness of such things and hopefully foster understanding of different cultures represented at the dental school. if you have a story to share, please email it to