• http://www.facebook.com/richard.yang.589 Richard Yang

    Dam this article just reminds me of more Asians hating on the bad things other Asians do. Instead of actually doing
    something beneficial all you did was complain and bring everyone else down.
    You say you want 20 something’s to be “super heroes” well where is your cape Lex?

  • http://www.8asians.com/author/ancientone95131/ jeffat8asians

    If any one deserves to have a super hero cape for helping the Asian, Asian American, and larger communities, it’s Akrypti. Did you even bother checking?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tinabot Tina Tsai

    Actually, she gave some really constructive suggestions on exactly what Asian Greeks can do.

    I too hate people who only complain, but she gave constructive solutions, so she’s not just complaining. Hopefully you read the article in its entirety?

    What I see are a lot of young people who dropped an important torch of Asian American activism that affects them whether or not they want it to affect them. If you don’t want to carry on the torch for your generation and the next, then don’t and just own up to that decision instead of becoming unproductively defensive when people provide constructive criticism.

  • http://www.facebook.com/tinabot Tina Tsai

    I never knew this about history of Asian Greeks. I totally would have joined one myself in college if I had known.

    Greeks in general must have really bad marketing departments. Even as a high school student in the pre-internet 90s, all I ever heard was bad news about them, so I purposefully picked a college that forbade fraternities and sororities.

    In college, though, I learned that not all of these organizations were just about partying and hooking up and meat markets. I met a lot of people who were in community service ones and realized that there was more to these organizations that meets the eye.

    Reading about the activist past of Asian Greeks and their current level of in-activism makes me really sad. I’m generally a super optimist about the next generation, but it sounds like people join these organizations primarily for selfish gain now, to expand their own networks, meet new people, etc. instead of make a real difference in the world.

    I wish I had been as awesome as Diane Nash when I was in college:


  • Joy Y.

    Thanks for this article. I think the issues you brought to light also shed light on a deeper issue on how we identify and connect as Asian Americans. I remember when I was in college the Asian Frats just had the rep of throwing good parties. I went to a few events here and there but it seemed like people were just in it to drink and have fun more so than network, build a community, and friendships.

  • A.

    You’re right, she did have great suggestions, but at the same time Asian greeks are really young organizations in general. They haven’t really established firm roots and that’s increasingly hard to do in a changing society. I think that they can be such a powerful force on campuses and in society, but even she pointed out, they need other support and guidance. The current generation didn’t start the Asian greek system, but they are trying to work with what they have.
    The greek system as a whole is struggling with the negative image the media builds of them. You never get to hear about their volunteer work or the good that they contribute to the community.

  • david0688

    Aren’t hazings illegal now?

  • http://www.facebook.com/tinabot Tina Tsai

    I think there’s nothing wrong with joining a group to network, build a community, and make friends, but at the same time, those are all very self-serving motivations.

    It does makes me sad that the Asian Greeks actually had a history of activism and now they don’t.

    Also, there’s a difference between doing a little community service here and there and really making an organization a meaningful entity of social change.

  • Jackie Chan

    Why does everything you say come off so insulting? Joy Y. was being very sincere. Wax on, wax off Tina, just like I told Jayden.

  • johnla

    Interesting article. Asian Greeks should/could do more. Asian Greeks already do a lot. So how you view Asian Greeks is going to be based on your own perspective and expectations.

    I see your perspective to be a little bit like that of the Asian parent. Asian Greeks score 90% but you’re still mad about missing the 10%. Arbitrary numbers but the idea is that you’re looking at all the things that you haven’t seen Asian Greeks do.

  • Steven W

    When did a brotherhood/sisterhood turn into a political action party? In my opinion, if you really want to participate in the political struggle against hate crimes, inequality, racism, etc., then go join a club/organization whose main purpose is that. We join fraternities to make friends for life, have fun in college and feel good about a family away from home. I personally did not join an Asian fraternity just so I can voice my political concerns. I don’t think most people joined fraternities and sororities for political reasons.

    Just because Asian Greeks used to be politically active doesn’t mean we have to follow.

    if I really wanted to make a difference in the racial issues political atmosphere, I would have joined organizations, such as the NAACP, that already have strong bases and ample resources. At last I would like to emphasize this:

    If you are only fighting for your own ethnicity’s acceptance and equality, you are doing it wrong. The only way to achieve any change in society is to collaborate and fight for the same cause. THAT is why Asian-interest Greeks are not created for political purposes and SHOULD NOT be used for political purposes. If you are only fighting for the rights of one minority group while ignoring the rest, you are not addressing the main issue of racial inequality. I am Asian but I do not solely fight for Asian rights, I fight for the rights of every ethnicity. Oh yea by the way, leave the Asian Greeks alone, we joined for the brotherhood/sisterhood, not your useless political agendas. =D

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  • http://lovelyluann.tumblr.com/ lovelyluann

    Absolutely loved this article. Thank you for shedding light on a topic that desperately needed to be addressed. This has been on my mind lately too, the role of Asian American Greek organizations. I’m not really considered an “Asian Greek” since I’m part of a multicultural sorority, but because I’m Asian I still feel an obligation to bring awareness to a lot of the issues that were addressed in the article. I agree 100% and now wish more than ever that Asian Greeks can get back in touch with the former activist times of past Asian Greeks. I think a lot of reason why Asian Greeks aren’t as political and socially conscious anymore is because of the state of complacency the entire community is in currently. Of course there are those of us that DO give a damn and promote social justice in the community but there’s tons of people that are involved in the Asian Greek system! If we were all motivated to promote change we’d be a force to be reckoned with! Since I’m an alum now I am motivated in taking into consideration your suggestions in making changes not only in my sorority but promoting change with all Asian Greek organizations.

    Something I found to be common too, was that Asians that do consider themselves activists tend to gravitate towards social justice student groups and those that don’t choose the Greek system. It’s just another example of how divided the community is due to individual interests versus what could potentially advance and unite the community.

  • http://twitter.com/nondescriptmaan Davé Leung

    These are so new to me. I don’t know if there are any Asian Greeks in Canada. But I’ll admit that I do nothing for the Asian community here. It’s pretty damn strong in Vancouver (both Asian and South Asian).

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