Celebrate Asia & The Pacific Islands Heritage Month in April


Celebrate Asia & The Pacific Islands Heritage Month in April
Jonathan Delarosa lifts Janine Sarmiento as they do a traditional Filipino dance during last year's opening ceremonies for Asia & The Pacific Islands Heritage Month in University Park.

The university will host a series of events in April to celebrate Asia & the Pacific Islands Heritage Month. The commemorations seek to increase awareness of and appreciation for the historical contributions of Asian and Pacific Islands peoples in the United States.

Sponsored by the university?s Asian and Pacific Islander Student Center (APISC) and numerous other campus organizations, events range from a fund-raising scholarship dinner to a lip-sync and dance competition. All events are free, unless otherwise noted.

For more information, call APISC at (909) 869-5025.

  • April 8 ? An expert panel will discuss ?Asian American Identities and Communities: Immigrant, Diasporic, 1.5 and Second Generation Americans? from 1-3 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center, Centaurus Room. The following authors will speak: Rick Bonus, associate professor in American ethnic studies and adjunct professor in communication at the University of Washington; Yen Le Espiritu, professor and chair of ethnic studies at the University of California, San Diego; and Franklin Ng, professor of anthropology and Asian American studies at Cal State Fresno. This event is cosponsored by APISC and Weglyn Endowed Chair for Multicultural Studies. For more information, contact Mary Yu Danico at (909) 869-4689.
  • April 8 ? A scholarship fund-raising dinner will also serve as the opening ceremony for Asia and the Pacific Islands Heritage Month. Student achievement and leadership will be celebrated at the event, scheduled from 6-8 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major Suite. Tickets are $25 for faculty and staff, and $8 for students. Proceeds go toward student scholarships. This event is cosponsored by APISC and Asian Pacific Faculty, Staff & Student Association.
  • April 15 ? An educational workshop on ?Dating/Domestic Violence & the Law? will be presented by Break the Cycle from noon to 1 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center, England Evans Room. This event is cosponsored by APISC, Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Alpha Phi Gamma.
  • April 20 ? Guest speaker Sonali Kolhatkar, host of the Uprising morning show on KPFK 90.7-FM, will discuss ?What the Media Never Wanted You to Hear? from noon to 2 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major Room. Kolhatkar will lecture on the difference between commercial and noncommercial media the United States. This event is cosponsored by APISC and Distinguished Lecture Series.
  • April 22 ? ?Rock the Beat? Airbands Competition will include groups of 10-25 people who lip-sync, dance and act to theme-based music from 6-9 p.m. in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Major Suite. Admission is $5. All proceeds will go toward future API Student Center and Stop Violence Office programming. This event is cosponsored by APISC, Interhall Council, ASI BEAT and the Stop Violence Office.
  • April 27 ? TeAda Productions presents ?High Voltage Art? from 8:30-10 p.m. in Los Olivos Dining Commons. TeAda Productions is a nonprofit organization that seeks to empower underserved communities through theatrical performances by, for and about people of color. This event is cosponsored by APISC and Interhall Council.
  • April 29 ? ?Who do you pray to?? Religious influence on Asia and the Pacific Islands? will be from 11:30 a.m. to 1 pm. in the Bronco Student Center, Ursa Minor Room. An expert panel representing the religions of Islam, Catholicism, Buddhism and Hinduism will discuss the role of religion in cultural and social development. This event is cosponsored by APISC, the Ethnic & Women?s Study Department, Indian Student Association and Muslim Student Association.
  • April 30 ? ?Broken Images,? a powerful set of monologues and short performances, will be performed by the Asian and Pacific Islander Theater Group from 7-9 p.m. at the Cal Poly Pomona Downtown Center, 300 W. Second St., in Pomona.
  • May 1 ? A Chinese-Japanese-American Community Tour will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. A charter bus will take participants from the university?s Visitor Information Booth to Los Angeles for a historical tour of Japantown and Chinatown, as well as visits to museums. This tour is available on a first come first served basis, with sign-ups at APISC.