Reimagining safety after a mass shooting

I struggled with feeling numb and helpless after the mass shooting in my neighborhood in Monterey Park. After talking with members of International Women’s Network Against Militarism, their framework of “genuine security” inspired me to write this piece that combines contemplation with their call for a feminist and intersectional reimagining of security

“As the news of the mass shooting in Monterey Park unfolded, my heart sank as I recognized the building behind the yellow crime scene tape. I am a longtime resident of Monterey Park and a college professor. My students and I tutored participants of the the adult literacy program at the public library not too far from the site of the mass shooting for over ten years. …As I wait to hear if Julian, the Lees and others are alive, my heart hurts. I yearn for us to ask, reflect, and act upon deeper questions. Mr. Tran acquired assault weapons meant for a battlefield and used them in a dance studio. … I want us to notice how war, gendered violence and militarization impact our daily lives.”


Free and Drop-In: Beginning Qì Gōng

ALL SESSIONS MOVED TO YOGA STUDIO (2nd Floor Gold Student Center)

You are invited to learn beginning qi gong moves such as qi shower. It is open to the public and no experience is necessary.

Qi Gong (pronounced chi gong) is often translated as “skillful working with life-force energy,” and it is one of the most widely practiced forms of exercise in the world, with an estimated 80-100 million people practicing daily. Qi Gong links breath, movement, and mental intention and stems from traditional Chinese medicine. An ancient moving meditation form that involves a complex knowledge system, it is now practiced on every continent and in a variety of social, cultural, and environmental contexts—including college campuses. For some, practicing qi gong is relaxing and fosters calm alertness. For others, practicing qi gong reminds and reinforces that all beings are interconnected, with no one or thing left out.

We will be practicing on unceded Tongvan territory.

Members of ASAM89: Qi Gong & Embodied Learning with Dr. Yep will be facilitating the beginning qi gong.

It is offered in the spirit of generosity. It should be noted that practicing qi gong is NOT a substitute for medical advice or treatment.

Dr. Yep has practiced qi gong for almost 30 years. Her teachers were Paul Li and Dr. Bingkun Hu who learned from Da Yen/Wild Goose lineage holder Yang Mei Jun.