By Jenna “Eviana” Bradshaw, Staff Writer
As part of their D-Phi-L Week, the sisters of Iota Chapter at Grand Valley State University carried on this semester’s recruitment theme by hosting “Spoken Culture” on March 22, an event highlighting the different struggles minorities have faced: stereotypes, racial injustices, and systematic oppression.
Irma Yolanda, Grand Valley alumna, began the event by performing a spoken word piece about her experiences as a member of a Guatemalan, immigrant family. She spoke about the systemic discriminations her family faced, including denial of access to jobs and threats from Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Her words were so powerful, and I could definitely feel her emotion in everything she said.
Jason Chu, the featured guest, then took to the floor. Chu is a rapper based out of Los Angeles, CA.
Chu incorporated visuals, music, and spoken word to capture the audience’s attention. He involved the crowd through song and dance. All of the songs and spoken word pieces he performed were relevant to the cultural issues that Asian Americans face today.
Chu said his songs were “created to inspire our generation of minorities” to see how broken our world is and then to seek change.
One of the pieces that stuck out to me was “APIs For Black Lives” (#APIs4BlackLives). Chu emphasized the importance of being a global citizen and as minorities we must stand together and support one another. He talked about how we need to forget our differences and be a collective unit against oppression.
Check out the following video for Chu’s “APIs For Black Lives” performance.
Grand Valley State sisters hosted D-Phi-L week from March 19 to 24. If you’d like to book Chu to perform for your campus and/or community, check out his website.
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