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Asian students

call

* for more support

BY VERA SONGWE
Asian American students called
upon the University for more support
to implement a comprehensive Asian
studies program and to end stereo-
typing at a meeting with admin-
istration officals and faculty last
*,Friday.
The annual meeting - organized
to unite and voice concerns of Asian
American students on campus - was
part of this month's Asian American
Awareness month. President James
Duderstadt and Vice President for
Minority Affairs Charles Moody,
among other faculty and staff, were
present..
Students requested a comprehen-
'sive Asian studies program instead of
one class that lumps all Asian cul-
ture into one class.
"The University has got to
make a commitment to diversity,"
said Harkmore Lee, president of the
Korean Students Association. "If we
want to compete with other univer-

sities, we certainly should consider
instituting a comprehensive program
in Asian studies at the university."
Thomas Lee, an LSA junior,
said, "I don't think it does justice to
the culture, to each culture to group
things together and try to study them
at the same time. I would like to see
classes offered in Korean, Japanese,
and Chinese histories and cultures."
Presently there are 2,000 Asian
American students and 300 faculty
and staff on campus, said Ron Ara-
maki, the Asian American Represen-
tative at Minority Student Services.
Aramaki, who is leaving his
position as representative, said Asian
American students need to be pro-
vided with role models.
During the seven years Aramaki
has been at the .University, he has
seen increasing activism by Asian
American students. "Students were
not unified or working together be-
fore. The growth is so incredible.

When I came here, there was very
little going on," he said.
Asians students have been sin-
gled as "model minority students and
the University does not think they
need support," said Pam Motoike, a
counselor at University counseling
services.
"It is important for all Asian
American students to realize that
their goals are common... people
don't take time out to distinguish
whether you are Korean or Chinese.
You all fall into the same stereo-
types," said Aramaki.
He said stereotypes - positive
or negative - are detrimental and
should not be condoned. He said he'
would like to see Asian American
students organize more activities to
achieve their goals.
"I think for people to be really
educated and ready for the 21st cen-
tury. People have to know about the
way the world operates," Moody said.
"People have to make a decision
whether they want to work with a
new set of actors on the scene."

Gross
National
Product
Percentchage fro")rne ~
uJarter at Afkib )J ra .~te
2%
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The U.S. gross national
product grew at a rate of
two percent for the fourth
quarter of 1988, the slow-
est quarterly growth in two
years, the government re-
ported. For all of 1988, the
economy grew at a rate of
3.8 percent, the best per-
formance in four years.
need would shift the balance of
power," Burchfield said. This would
make the resources the United States
gets from these countries more ex-
pensive, and harder to obtain.
"There's a lot of rhetoric about
helping people who are on the lowest
rung on the ladder," Burchfield said.
He thinks the Peace Corps appears to
help - the only way for the people
of these developing countries to
move is up. Yet, the Peace Corps
does not aim to change their situa-
tion enough to really give the help
that is needed, he said.
"Peace Corps is fundamentally an
extension of U.S. foreign policy,"
Burchfield said, "as long as U.S. for-
eign policy is corrupt, the Peace
Corps will be," he said.

The Michigan Daily - Monda January 30, 1989 - Page 3
Speaker stresses
Israeli viewpoint
at conference

BY GIL RENBERG
Students should speak out and ed-
ucate others about Israel's side of the
Israel-Palestinian conflict to counter
the publicity that the Palestinian
cause has received, said John Roth-
mann, a keynote speaker in this
weekend's Israel Action Conference.
The conference, sponsored by
Tagar, an international organization
made up of pro-Israel student ac-
tivists, drew 60 members from eight
Midwestern universities.
Rothmann, a Zionist activist, was
an aide to President Nixon while in
his early twenties and is currently a
foreign policy consultant on the Is-
rael-Palestinian conflict.
Support for Israel among young
Jews has weakened because many are
unaware of the issues involved in the
conflict and are unable to success-
fully confront people who criticize
Israel, he said.
He also said that just as most
young Jews feel proud when Israel
impresses the world - as it did by
winning the Six-Day War or staging
the rescue attempt in Entebbe -
they feel ashamed when Israel does
something they think is immoral,
such as shooting Palestinian child-
ren. Attitudes then change from "We"
to "Them," he said.
"Yasir Arafat and the P.L.O.
haven't changed," he warned the
audience. He said Arafat's recent ac-
ceptance of Israel's right to exist was
not entirely sincere, since the lan-
guage used was deceiving. He also
accused Arafat of stationing an army
of 2,000 P.L.O. guerillas on the
northern border of Israel in the past
two weeks.
Rothmann said the Palestinians
already have a homeland in Jordan,
whose population is 65 percent
Palestinian. He criticized those who
believe that Israel is the only home-
land for Palestinians, and that there-
fore Israel is an illegitimate country.

"Palestinians have rights. Israel
recognizes those rights. But Pales-
tinian national rights cannot be
gained at the expense of Israel's right
to exist," he said.
Rothmann stressed the importance
of Israel as a destination for Jews
around the world who are fleeing qp-
pression and as the United States'
only democratic ally in the Middle
East.
He also warned that President
George Bush will not be as strong a
friend of Israel as President Ronald
Reagan was.
He praised Reagan for being a
firm supporter of the state of Israel.
"Ronald Reagan was the best friend
that Israel has had in the White
House since Harry Truman and
Richard Nixon," he said.
"George Bush is not Ronald Ra-
gan," he said. "George Bush does not
have that sa'me visceral feeling about
Israel."
In the past eight years Bush occa-
sionally took stands against Israel's
interests; however, he also supported
Israel many times, said Rothmann,
V ice-President Dan Quayle is as
committed to Israel as President
Reagan, and has frequently stood up
for Israel in the Senate, said Roth-
mann.
LSA senior Keith Hope, president
of the Ann Arbor chapter of Tagar,
said "Tagar was brought into being
to support the Israeli government...
to create a positive image of Israel"
"We support the Israeli gover-
ment, whether it's Likud [the right-
wing party] or Labor [in power],"he
said.
Although most of the members of
the Ann Arbor chapter support
Likud, Hope said, "The group ..
should not be defined as a right-wing
group, but rather as a pro-Israel
group."
The conference was a success,
Hope said. "I think the people feel
really motivated after the conference."

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participate in the Peace Corps, Bald-
win said. "I've never seen any evi-
dence to prove such accusations," she
said.
"I don't know if the CIA is in-
*volved," said Jim Burchfield, director
of the International Forestry Seminar
Program at the University. He feels
that even if the CIA is involved, no
"one would admit it.
Burchfield was a Peace Corps
volunteer in Guatemala from 1973 to
1977, and refers to this as the "most
expansive period of my life." He says
the personal contact in the Peace
Corps is invaluable and something
he "wouldn't trade for anything."
Burchfield said the CIA has "very

little accountability" and has
developed into "a secret government."
For these reasons, he feels the CIA
does not need to hide behind the
Peace Corps. However, he said CIA
agents often use the title of Peace
Corps volunteer when necessary -
as an unofficial cover.
Burchfield said the Peace Corps
representatives, like Louise Baldwin,
sincerely believe that the CIA is not
linked to the Peace Corps.
If there is a connection between
the CIA and Peace Corps, Burchfield
said, then only those at the top of the
Peace Corps chain of command know
about it.
If this is the case, the only way to
change the situation is to "close
-down the CIA," said Burchfield.
But it's not the CIA that Burch-
field feels is the problem with the
Peace Corps - the real problem, he

said, is that the Peace Corps helps
uphold what he sees as unjust U.S.
foreign policies, and therefore keeps
people oppressed.
"The programs are designed to not
present any challenge to their status
quo," Burchfield said. "The U.S.
doesn't want to change this situation.
It's beneficial to the U.S.... We get
cheap resources."
Burchfield said that "ultimately
the Peace Corps has not been directed
to make substantial change." He
thinks the United States tries to ap-
pear as if it is helping through pro-
grams such as the Peace Corps, but
the United States has no intention of
allowing these countries enough
power to become self-sufficient.
"To give these people what they

Army may buy base
for major operations

} WASHINGTON (AP) - As
Congress ponders a recommendation
" to close 86 smaller military facili-
ties, the Army is preparing to buy
200,000 acres adjacent to its main
training area to accommodate modern
tanks, planes,and electronic gear that
need more room for large scale ma-
neuvers.
Army officials say they need $29
million to expand the National
Training Center at Fort Irwin, next
to Death Valley in California. By
comparison, the Base Alignments
and Closing Commission has said
$693 million can be saved annually
by shutting the facilities it recom-
mended.
Outgoing Defense Secretary
Frank Carlucci has already sent the
commission's recommendations on
base closings to Congress, which

take effect unless blocked by both
house. Senior lawmakers say rejec-
tion of the package is unlikely.
Likewise, Congress has not ob-
jected to the Army's plans to buy
200,000 acres adjacent to the
632,000-acre Fort Irwin.
The expansion conforms with the
commissioner's expression of "acute
concern about the recruitment of the
Armed forces for adequate training
areas."
None of the bases recommended
for closing were large enough for
large-scale maneuvers, said Paul
Johnson, deputy assistant Army
secretary for installations and hous-
ing.
In addition to buying land at Fort
Irwin, Johnson said, the Army is
considering a 63,000-acre expansion
of a training facility at Yakima,
Wash.

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Major Events concerts in the past.
NEW USHERS- Those who would like to usher
Major Events Concerts.

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Northwalk is available 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Sunday through Thursday.
Mike Twigg is the owner of the Peak Performance Center. A Daily photo
'caption incorrectly stated this information Friday.

The University of Michigan
SCHOOL OF MUSIC

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LIST

Mon.- Fri.
Jan. 30-
Feb. 3
Wed.
Feb.1

What's happening in Ann Arbor today

Speakers
Guild House Writers Series -
Lisa Poneck and David Pollack, Cre-
ative Writing Program, Guild House,
8 pm. Refreshments.
"Market Mechanisms and
Workers' Self-Management:
Experiences in Hungary and
Yugoslavia" -- Dr. Catherine
Samary, University of Paris, Rackham
E. Conference Rm., 8 pm.
"Solid State Chemistry of
Electronic and Magnetic Mate-
rials" - Chem. Prof. B.J. Evans,
1200 Chem., 4 pm.
"The Hyksos and Their Capital
at Avaris: New Light on An-
cient Palestinerand Egypt in
the Middle Bronze Age" -

ners welcome. Contact Tim Frye,
662-8637.
Beginning Microsoft Word
(IBM PC and Compatibles) -
3001 SEB, 1-5 pm. Registration re-
quired.
Programmer's Seminar - 4212
SEB, 7-9 pm. Registration required.
Beginning Microsoft Word
Lecture/Demonstration (Mac's)
- 4212 S EB, 7-8:30 pm. Registra-
tion required.
Pre-Interviews - EDS, 1200
EECS, 4:30-5:30 pm.
Benefit Concert by RAM, Feb.
2 - At the Beat, doors open at 9 pm.
Band starts at 10 pm. Featuring Big
Box of Nines and The Iodine Rain-
coats, $5 at the door.

Piano Master Class--Ivan Moravec,
with advanced U-M piano students.
Recital Hall, 6:30 p.m.
FREE
Campus Orchestra/Arts Chorale
Robert Debbaut and Jonathan Hirsh,
conductors.
Mozart Symphony No. 35
Angell The Death of Disco
Schubert Mass in G, with soloists
Katherine Gale, soprano
Kenneth CHerry, tenor
Timothy Jones, bass
Hill, 8:00 p.m.
FREE
University Dance Company---Viva

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