Currently abroad in Singapore!
My name is Michelle Rose Jocson-Macrohon and I am a 4th year Asian American Studies Major and Technology Management Program. I was born in Pomona but grew up in Fontana, California in the Inland Empire. I am a Filipino/Chinese American First-Generation student. I was apart of Residential Housing Association which is the student government that oversees Residential Living and Kapatirang Pilipino. I came in as an Economics and Accounting Major, then thought of Communications and Sociology. But then I found the Asian American Department and fell in love with my overall experience taking the classes.
There is a trend within these Asian American classes that I have taken that keep me coming back for me. Where possible, courses rely on historical and comparative methodologies, a combination of epistemological/theoretical concerns with an analysis of “real-life” problems, and a critical approach to the processes of knowledge construction, all of which allow a student to develop a contextual understanding of the issues they are studying. Although, called the "Asian American Studies Department, the content of the class is not only about Asian Americans. These classes encompass multiple factors that involve and are relevant to groups not only pertaining to Asian American History, covering a broad range of issues, from the historically constructed and contested nature of individual identities to issues of cultural and historical representation, social justice, and struggles for racial redress. Its overall objective is to encourage, allow, and facilitate a study of the self in relation to the other. Because the department is a bit smaller than some of the other department here, I have had the greatest opportunities to interact with on an intimate level, as the less student, they have the more time they have to meet with you 1 on 1.
Please feel free to ask me any questions about my experience in the Department. I have office hours Thursdays 12:30 - 3:30 on the 5th floor of HSSB in the Asian American Studies Department. My email is also: firstname.lastname@example.org.