11 03 2010

Ink Magazine STAFF APPLICATIONS Available! 2010-2011

Editor Application

Creative Director Application

Finance Director Application

Secretary Application

INK Staff Application

Due Date: APRIL 1st 2010 11:59 pm

Please send all questions and applications to Lisa Law at: law.eic.ufink@gmail.com


INK Magazine Release: Edition 2 is finally here!

20 01 2010

Hey guys, the magazines are finally here!!

We will be having a joint event with FLP’s fundraiser at the Woodlands Clubhouse this Saturday, January 23rd!

INK Magazine will be at the event at 12:30pm!

SO–if you have purchased a copy already, please come by and pick up your copy!

And for those who have not purchased one, it’s $7.

Come by anyway to support FLP, chat, or hang out with your buddies.

Thanks again for being so patient!! And see you there!! :DDD

– Lisa Law, Ink Magazine Editor-in-Chief 09-10

Update #11: November 15, 2009

16 11 2009

Census 2010, a “decade-ly trend”

2010CensusIt’s time to wake up and learn about something that influences and impacts us Asian Americans as a whole every day.

Census 2010

What is it? The U.S. Census counts every resident in the United States, and is required by the Constitution to take place every 10 years. It is one of the shortest forms in history- 10 Questions in 10 minutes.


Why is it important? When you fill out the census form, you’re making a statement about what resources your community needs going forward. Each question helps to determine how over $400 billion will be allocated to communities across the country.

  • Hospitals, job training centers, Schools, Senior centers, Bridges, tunnels, and other-public works projects, Emergency services fall under this.
  • The “decade-ly” census also helps to determine the number of seats your state has in the U.S. House of Representatives

How can you get involved? You can start by helping to raise awareness of the upcoming Census 2010, as well as motivating your family and friends to be active participants in the cause. You should also try to stay informed about the happenings with the Census 2010, which can be done so through the news, online sources, and more. In March of 2010, census forms will be delivered to every residence in the United States and Puerto Rico. When you receive yours, just answer the 10 short questions and then mail the form back in the postage-paid envelope provided. If you don’t mail the form back, you may receive a visit from a census taker, who will ask you the questions from the form.

Read more about the Census 2010 here:





The UF Kaleidoscope Month (Asian American Awareness Month) officially ended this Friday with the Asian Arts and Entertainment Festival. It ended with a bang!, as we watched some amazing talent demonstrated by Asian American celebrities Gabe Bondoc, Steve Byrne, and Quest Crew!

Other Past Events
Def Talent Jam XVII and the afterparty at Skyy
FSA Adobowl


Upcoming Events

AASU and their new philanthropy: Tacachale

What? Entertaining patients with mental disabilities
When? First event is 11/22/09


ECAASU Scholarship applications now available

Scholarship provides financial assistance to airflight, hotel, and conference fees. ttp://www.ecaasu2010.org/

2010 ECAASU Scholarship Application

Update #10: November 8th, 2009

8 11 2009


Gainesville Asian Arts Festival

09asianfestivalA review by Emily Tuan

Not many people can juggle a 30-pound vase around their body.

This was just one exhibition act out of many performed Sunday, October 25, at the Historic Thomas Center in Gainesville, Fla.

Fan Ze Meng from Sandong, China, has been practicing balancing for six years now.  He says he was scared to start because he’s older than most people who learn this skill, and it requires a lot of muscle.

The Heart of Florida Asian Festival showcased talents such as Meng’s, and it also served authentic Asian cuisine, offered an interactive crafts activity and had numerous booths  displaying information.

The event lasted from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., and attracted around 5,000 students, families and elders during the day.

According to the Division of Cultural Affairs, the event provides a forum for Asian-American citizens to celebrate their heritage and to showcase their talents.

As a tourism product, the event was funded by a generous grant from the Alachua County Tourist Product Development Board.  It was presented by the City of Gainesville Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs.

Thai, Viet, Indian,  Brunei and  Chinese foods were served, as well as some homemade ice cream from Sweet Dreams.

Morgan Mildner, 21, is a fourth year art history major at the University of Florida.  She was interning at the Long Gallery at the event.

“Food is fantastic,” said Morgan Mildner, a fourth-year University of Florida art history major. “I’m not a curry person but I enjoy this curry a lot.”

Student organizations from the University of Florida’s Asian American Student Union were also displayed booths. October is Asian American awareness month on campus.

With flyers distributed all over Gainesville restaurants, a range of races gathered to witness this event.

To attend to the large crowd, there were simultaneous performances outside as well as inside.

Some acts performed outside include a lion dance, the Chinese Szechuan opera face-changing act, tiger boxing, martial arts, taiko drumming, Drunken Monk, Chinese balancing act, a kimono show and a Thai Elvis.

Performances indoors included a Filipino cultural fan dance, Mongolian cultural dance, a South Korea exorcism dance and the national Filipino dance, tinikling.

For all performances, a person would come out to introduce the next act with a traditional briefing.

The South Korean exorcism dance was performed by Hannah Lee.  It is said that the dance wards off evil spirits.

The national dance of the Philippines, tinikling, is a symbol of local birds. Tinikling involves beating long bamboo poles while dancers step in between and over them.

Linda Evjen, 51, an Alachua County resident, heard about the Asian arts festival through the Gainesville Sun.

“I love taiko drumming,” said Evjen. “I came just to see this.”

As it started in collaboration with a visual arts photography exhibit and solely as China Fest last year, the event expanded to include other cultures.

“They decided to expand it to the Asian Festival,” said Mary Prosen, Marketing Coordinator.

With 16 years of experience, Prosen describes her job as enjoyable.

“I decided it was something I like, promoting arts and cultural affairs,” Prosen said.  “I like all the costumes and the entertainment.  Everything is so colorful.”

The Heart of Florida Asian Festival traveled to Gainesville from Orlando, Florida.

Performers commuted from different areas.

Suzanna Mars, the Arts Development Consultant, explains that she searched for performers through their media sponsor, Asia Trend, past festivals and by word of mouth.

“Thai Elvis is a local legend, and the dance programs were assembled through community groups and the university, as well as personal recommendations,” said Mars.

Wearing all red, Yang Jing Nong, 21, performed the Drunken Monk Act entertaining children and adults.  He said he started practicing at 8 years old.

The lion dance performance was represented by Jacksonville’s Experience Asia. The Chinese dance is traditional in Chinese culture, where performers are hidden under a lion costume, imitating the movements of a lion.

Miquel Kendrick, 22, a senior art history major says her favorite part has been the Chinese acrobat. She was amazed by the talent displayed.

With numerous changes this year, the Asian Arts Festival was a success in displaying a fusion of Asian cultures.

Upcoming Events

Nov. 9th [MON]

  • Asian Food Festival 6:30pm at the Indian Cultural Center

Nov. 10th [TUES]

  • KUSA Seoul Sho 6:30pm at Grand Ballroom
  • “The Great Divide”- breaking cultural stereotypes- 6:30pm Rion Ballroom, hosted by the UF Black Student Union

Nov. 11th [WED]/Veteran’s Day

  • K-Month Language Workshop 6pm at Ustler
  • Come out and learn 6 different Asian languages, eat a free Asian dinner from Green Plantains with a free boba tea drink from Lollicup, and win some cool prizes!

Nov. 12th [THURS]

  • FSA Show 6:30pm, Location TBA

Nov. 13th [FRI]

  • Asian Arts and Entertainment Festival- 6:30pm Reitz Amphitheater
  • (K-Month Closing Ceremony)

Nov. 14th [SAT]

  • FSA Def Talent Jam
  • Time 6pm,  University Auditorium
  • *Tickets are being sold at ticketmaster.com or at the University Box Office on campus for $12!

Nov. 15th [SUN]

  • FSA Adobowl (Flag-Football Tournament)
  • Time TBA, Squirrel Ridge Park on Williston and 13th

Victor Kim and Lydia Paek came to UF for the AASU Got Talent Show!

Pre-Ordering for Issue #2 is now open!

27 10 2009

Pre-Order your copy of Ink Magazine’s 2nd Issue!


looks good?

If you are a UF student and would like to pre-order today, stop by the AASU office on the third floor of the Reitz Union in the Center of Student Activities and Involvement between 11-2pm.


If you are non-local and would like to purchase a copy, please send an email to:


and we can mail you your copy when they are released!


Thanks and have a great day!

Update #9: October 25, 2009

26 10 2009

A note from our editor…

Hey all!!

I hope you are all excited for our second issue coming out within a few weeks!! We will be selling pre-orders for the magazine for the next two weeks starting this Monday!! Pre-orders are $5 and all issues after that will be $7, so please support us and the Asian American community! :]
We will be at the AASU office from 11 am to about 2 pm. See you there and thank you guys for patiently waiting the magazine!!


*If you are not from Gainesville and would like to pre-order the magazine, please email us at: inkmagazine.uf@gmail.com

Don’t forget about the awesome photo contest! (see previous update for more info!)

Upcoming Events

Kappa Phi Lambda presents: The Night Fair

What: A mini carnival with booths run by each sub-organization in AASU and more!

Where: Reitz Union Colonnade

When: Wednesday October 28th, 6-9 pm

Notes: Wear a Halloween costume!

The K-Month Mr. and Ms. AASU Pageant!

[Pageant Contestants]
Samantha Caballero
Heather Cabrera
Whitney Fung
Lindsey Isla
Mae Mercado
Amanda Sucharitchant

Edwin Andres
Aaron Chao
Mark Hermano
Paolo Mercado
Tim Pham

Where: Reitz Union Rion Ballroom

When: Thursday October 28th, 7pm

What: A fierce competition sure to entertain your ears and eyes!

Notes: Bring your signs to support your favorite contestants!

[Penny Vote]
Bring money to participate in the Penny Vote! The guy and girl who bring in the most money will win Fan Favorite! All of the proceeds go to the Red Cross. So, support your friends by putting money in their jars!

Pi Delta Psi presents: The Amazing Race

What: A race philanthropy event to raise money for the Students for Building Dreams (an organization that serves as the “political backbone” of Asian American issues at UF)

When: Sunday Nov. 1st, 10:30 am

Where: All over UF campus

Notes: It is still not too late to put together a team! Click here for more information on how to get a team together and fill out a form! <http://www.facebook.com/search/?q=fahm&init=quick#/event.php?eid=179545737925&ref=ts&gt;

Pictures from the October 24th CASA Mid-Autumn Show

Photo credit to Oanh Nguyen and Jackie Ore!


Pi Delta Psi skit


CASA Modern Dance


Martial Arts group


Asian Rickshaw Photo-Op



Phil Law (Philawsopher)


Wonderful emcees: Jim and Amy!


Kim and Jessica singing duet


The awesome CASA E-Board who put together the whole event!!! Congrats 🙂

Current Events

Update #8: October 18, 2009

18 10 2009

Upcoming Events

Heart of Florida Asian Festival

Gainesville Community Event

09asianfestivalWhen: Sunday, October 25, 2009 – 12:00pm to 6:00pm

Where: Historic Thomas Center, Gainesville, Florida

What: A celebration of Asian cultural arts featuring Matsuriza Taiko Drummers,

Acrobats Liang and SinoElite Group, Storyteller Kuniko, Thai Elvis, Kimono

Fashion Show; also including Dance, Music, Martial Arts, Asian Cuisine and more!

Admission is FREE.

For more information, please call 352-393-8756

The Chinese American Student Association at UF presents the 2009 Mid-Autumn Show!

UF Event

aWhen: October 24th, 7pm

Where: Reitz Union Rion Ballroom

Why: To Celebrate the Chinese Holiday Mid-Autumn

What: A cultural showcase of dance, musical instruments, skits, and singing!

Exciting UF Ink Photography Contest!

Are you an artist? Do you love taking pictures? Or maybe are you interested breaking Asian stereotypes?

First the first time, UF Ink Magazine will be holding a photo contest this month with the theme, Breaking Stereotypes.”

Participants can submit their photos of what they think best represents breaking a stereotype. Entries are unlimited and will be posted on our blog. The winner will have their photo published in this issue of INK Magazine. All entries are due Oct 31 and a winner will be chosen and announced shortly after.

Please send all photos to law.eic.ufink@gmail.com with the header “Photo Contest”.

UF Ink Magazine Fundraiser

We will be having a car wash fundraiser on Nov. 14 at Burger King on Archer, so if your car has been dirty lately, bring it on by and we can give it a nice fix!


  • UF students, take the UF Census Survey under ISIS and get represented! It will literally take you like a second to complete.
  • Great blog article about Hair and Ethnic Beauty Standards: Here (from the Antisocial Ladder)


  • The JabbaWockeeZ came to UF’s Homecoming Gator Growl and performed!!!! Watch video here.jabbawockeez
  • Check out this cool Singapore-based Boy Band called Quick Quick Danger perform a cover of Jay Sean’s “Down” (from Angryasianman.com) here!