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UCSB: Create the Pilipino Cultural Night Class

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PCN stands for Pilipino Cultural Night. It is a cultural show that KP's PCN has hosted every year for the past 25 years. It features Pilipino ethnic dances, modern culture, and skits exploring issues such as family, identity, and history.

Hello everyone! We, the executive team of UCSB's Pilipino's Cultural Night, are asking you to show your support in helping us to create a Pilipino Cultural Night class for UCSB. The main idea behind our intent to add this course is for UCSB to offer a space for students to explore the cultural narratives that PCN seeks to address. The entire process of PCN, from auditions to performance day provides immense opportunity for all students to learn about the Pilipino culture. Not only does PCN teach culture, but with every month of practice and collaboration, participants learn and grow through leadership, logistical, and performing arts aspects.

A part of what makes us aware of our own selves is how we identify with culture. For some people, PCN is a tool that helps students discover their past, explore the present, and think about their future. For others, it provide opportunities for discussion and exposure to parts of the Pilipino culture that they have never been exposed to. This class we are trying to create will help to bridge two very important aspects. Through invoking discussion and critical thinking, this class will address both cultural discovery and expression by using relevant texts and lectures. By discussing the origins of PCN and its application in addressing the Pilipino/Pilipino-American narrative, students gain an appreciation for the Pilipino/Pilipino-American culture as well as valuable insight into their own histories, identities, and the communities in which they thrive.

If you are interested in learning more about our vision for this class, here is a draft of our syllabus for the proposed class based on UCLA's Asian American Studies 97 class syllabus. If you are not a UCSB student or alumni, please be sure to provide additional information ie. school name/ involvement when signing the petition. We will be closing the petition this friday 7/22/16 so that we can use it for our proposal so make sure to sign it as soon as you get the chance

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