2018 CUNY Thomas Tam Scholarship Recipient and Honorable Mention Selected

The Asian American / Asian Research Institute (AAARI), of the City University of New York (CUNY), has selected Mr. Yineng Ye as the recipient of the 2018 CUNY Thomas Tam Scholarship.

A senior Theatre major at The City College of New York/CUNY, Mr. Ye’s project, Whose Shoes We Are In: History Serving in Feminist Revolution, will explore the role of women and highlight gender issues as an international phenomenon in today’s patriarchal societies, through a production of David Henry Hwang’s play, Golden Child, in Spring 2019 at City College. The cast will include both Asian and non-Asian actors.

Both intrigued and uncomfortable by the “honor” bestowed upon Asian Americans as model minorities, Mr. Ye will utilize Hwang’s Golden Child, and its depiction of the once practiced Chinese foot binding, to show that “[Asians] are not more virtuous, but less liberated than others. Asian women are even less liberated than men due to traditional value.” Mr. Ye believes, “The more we learn about ourselves and others, the more our thinking will be liberated. We will know better to embrace diversity.”

In addition to Mr. Ye, an honorable mention prize ($250) will be awarded to Ms. Sherry Chen, a sophomore Marketing major at Baruch College/CUNY, for her project, Queens Youth Collaborative (QYC) / New York Asian American Youth Conference. Ms. Chen addresses in her project the social challenges of growing up as an Asian American in the 21st century and how the community deals with issues such as domestic violence and sexual assault, with silence often outcome. Ms. Chen has launched and been involved with several enrichment workshops designed to encourage Asian Americans to speak out about their experiences and to become part of a larger community.

Both students will be honored at the upcoming AAARI 17th Annual Gala on Thursday, December 6, 2018.

More Info: https://aaari.info/2018tamscholarship/