Cultural Awareness as a Foundation of Social Inclusion of OBRAA.

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Cultural awareness is essential to OBRAA’s foundation because it is advantageous and because cultural diversity has a significant impact on what it means to be a member of a particular group. Because powerful people only created the so-called minority and they make up the majority, OBRAA’s objective is to inspire minorities to believe in their own potential and to join the majorities because they can make a significant contribution.

Filipino Americans, South Asian Americans, and Southeast Asian Americans have repeatedly expressed feelings of exclusion and marginalization within the pan-ethnic group since the beginning of the Asian American Movement. Filipino Americans have spoken out about being treated unfairly by other Asian Americans, including being told they are “not Asian enough,” being stereotyped as being beneath them or uncultured, or being simply ignored or alienated.

Due to their cultural, religious, and racial/phenotypic characteristics, South Asian Americans have expressed how they are left out of the Asian American community and are hence underrepresented in Asian American studies, narratives, and media depictions.

Americans of Southeast Asian descent have complained about feeling like “other Asians” and encountering prejudice against East Asian Americans. People from these three subgroups describe a common narrative that “Asian” typically refers to East Asians, which causes feelings of marginalization and invisibility within the Asian American umbrella. This narrative is shared by members of all three subgroups.

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Through a variety of social and educational events held throughout the semester, to bring together all Asian and Pacific Islander American organizations on campus and establish a welcoming community of leadership, service, and mentorship.

The purpose of OBRAA is to provide hope for those who are in the minority or at the bottom of the social scale; cultural knowledge alone is not enough. According to OBRAA consultant and advisor Edwin Maestro, culture is about expressing who you are as a person, not only where you are from or how your nation is represented.

References: Need To Talk : AAPI Inclusion - Las Vegas - LibGuides at – UNLV

Asian American Diversity | AAPI Meaning and Diversity

Cultural Awareness as a Foundation of Social Inclusion of OBRAA.

Written by John Mark VillafrancaJohn Mark Villafranca is a Digital Marketing Intern of PS Media Enterprise and a 3rd year Bachelor of Arts in Communication student of Batangas State University ARASOF.


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