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The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

The Cougar Chronicle

The independent student news site of San Marcos, California

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From Japan to the US: Professor Noriko Toyokawa

From Japan to the US: Professor Noriko Toyokawa

Gayana Parsegova, Staff Writer April 13, 2016

  Dr. Noriko Toyokawa is a Japanese woman who strives to center her life around education not only for herself, but her students as well. Toyokawa was born and raised in Tokyo, Japan and describes herself as a simple Japanese woman living in the U.S. and as a mother to an Asian­American...

The ‘high­ caliber men’ of Alpha Psi Rho aim to unite Asian-Pacific Islander students

The ‘high­ caliber men’ of Alpha Psi Rho aim to unite Asian-Pacific Islander students

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor April 13, 2016

  Winner of the Community Development and Lifelong Membership award at the 2014­-2015 CSUSM Fraternity and Sorority Life Awards, Alpha Psi Rho epitomizes the benefits of brotherhood. The Asian-­Pacific Islander (API) fraternity was founded in 2000 at SDSU and continues to establish charters...

Dr. Chonwerawong aspires to break the cycle of generalizing the Asian-Pacific  Islander community

Dr. Chonwerawong aspires to break the cycle of generalizing the Asian-Pacific Islander community

Shanice Davis, Features Editor April 13, 2016

  Born in Bangkok, Thailand to Chinese immigrants, Dr. Ruttanatip (Dang) Chonwerawong came to the States as an immigrant, reliving the life her parents once led. But the U.S. stripped her of her identity, greeting her with discrimination and false assumptions. Chonwerawong’s parents...

Alpha Kappa Delta Phi encourages growth, cultural diversity

Alpha Kappa Delta Phi encourages growth, cultural diversity

Shanice Davis, Features Editor April 13, 2016

  Priding themselves on being the first and only female Asian-interest sorority on campus, Alpha Kappa Delta Phi paves the way for their members, shaping them into tomorrow’s leaders. The CSUSM chapter Alpha Kappa Delta Phi was established May 2, 2015 and was originally an interest...

Cross­-Cultural Center holds Asian­Pacific Islander discussion on misrepresentation

Cross­-Cultural Center holds Asian­Pacific Islander discussion on misrepresentation

Andrea Martinez, Copy Editor April 13, 2016

  With Asian­-Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month coming up in May, many cultural organizations at CSUSM are turning attention towards the experiences of APIs in the U.S. The Cross-­Cultural Center held the API (Mis)Representation discussion during U-­Hour on April 12, providing...

Poem: Motherland, I am your borders

Andrea Aduna, Contributor April 13, 2016

Motherland, I am your borders. I am full of borders crossed over and over again. Rigid lines separating my dark brown skin to my American tongue to my too stout with no bridge and my ilong (1) love for vinegar with my longanisa (2) and bangus (3) . I have cracks and fissures...

Proud to be Filipino

Proud to be Filipino

Brando Casino, Contributor April 13, 2016

  As a person who identifies as an AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islander), it’s extremely important to know my history, to understand that everything we do now was made possible because of the sacrifices made by our forefathers in the Philippines. Freedom is not gained by being passive,...

Coming from the Philippines to America

Josel Angelo Armendi, Contributor April 13, 2016

  Moving from the Philippines to America was an experience for me. I was about nine years old, knew little about the world beyond my culture at the time and the transition from a third world country to a first world was brand new. I remembered receiving benefits that were nonexistent...

Asian Pacific Islander cultural  influence on a Latino

Asian Pacific Islander cultural influence on a Latino

Erik De La Cruz, Staff Writer April 13, 2016

  I grew up in Mira Mesa, a town with a huge community of Asian­Pacific Islanders. Being Latino, I was always surrounded by the influence of Asian and Pacific Islander cultures. I absorbed the culture because my closest friends invited me into their homes and lives. One thing I have...

I’m Chamorro and I’m proud

I’m Chamorro and I’m proud

Pierson Cepeda, Assistant Web & Social Media Manager April 13, 2016

  My name is Pierson Cepeda. I am originally from the island of Saipan, which is a part of the Northern Mariana Islands, a commonwealth of the United States, and that makes me Chamorro. When my family made the move to California, I was still very much a young kid (nine years old) and...

Am I Not Filipino Enough?

Am I Not Filipino Enough?

Jeffrey Davis, Photographer April 13, 2016

  I fight with the expectation of being tied to my Filipino culture, but I am a proud Filipino. It’s difficult telling people, I’m 1⁄2 Filipino, a 1⁄4 Mexican, and a 1⁄4 Welsh/Swedish, when I just look Filipino. I’ve visited the Philippines once in my life, as a baby, which...

Starring Jason Momoa, ‘Aquaman’ set to be a faithful adaptation

Starring Jason Momoa, ‘Aquaman’ set to be a faithful adaptation

Pierson Cepeda, Assistant Web & Social Media Manager April 13, 2016

  With all of the excitement and speculation regarding superhero movies, attention has been focused on the DC Extended Universe (DCEU) and its vision for its stories. The success of “Man of Steel” led Warner Bros. to expand upon the movie with a full­blown universe of characters...

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