Asian, Pacific Islander Cultures Celebrated

Asian, Pacific Islander Cultures Celebrated
Students perform a traditional Pilipino dance during a past year's celebration.

The Asian & Pacific Islander Student Center will present several events during April in celebration of Asia & the Pacific Islands Heritage Month. The events seek to increase awareness of and appreciation for the historical contributions Asians and Pacific Islanders have had in the United States.

The month's theme is “Embracing Our Roots & Branching Out.”

In addition to the events listed below two art exhibits are on display in the Bronco Student Center. The Malaysian Student Association is co-sponsoring a Batik artwork display, which showcases the traditional cloth design from Malaysia and Indonesia. The second exhibit is titled “Taking Action: A Retrospective of Asian & Pacific Islander Social Movements in the U.S.” This photography exhibit is curated by Long Truong, a Regenerative Studies graduate student, and co-sponsored by Ethnic & Women's Studies department.

The events are:

April 10, noon – Opening Ceremony: Culture and Cuisine

Join the Asian Pacific Islander Center and the Stop Violence Office for lunch to taste various Asian cuisines and hear a presentation by student organizations about their cultures. Refreshments will be served in the CLA Building's Heritage Room. Seating is limited. RSVP to (909) 869-5025.

April 12, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. –  Pilipino Cultural eXPO

A cultural workshop on Alibata (Pilipino script), history of the Pilipino flag, history of Pilipino martial arts and cultural dance will be held at the Bronco Student Center's Andromeda Suite. Guest speakers will lecture on important issues in Pilipino-American culture. This event is sponsored by Chi Rho Omicron.

April 15, 6 p.m. – Comedy Awareness Show

Comics use humor to challenge stereotypes regarding A&PIs during this show in the Bronco Student Center's Ursa Major Suite. The show features Slanted Comedy's Edwin San Juan, who has performed for HBO and Comics Unleashed!

April 16, 4 p.m. – Sexual Violence in the API Community

The Center for Asian Pacific Families will host a workshop in the Bronco Student Center's Centaurus Suite on root causes and consequences of family violence in the API community. This event also pays homage to Sexual Assault Awareness Month happening succinctly on campus during April. The Stop Violence Office is co-sponsoring.

April 24, 5 – 9 p.m. – Professional Development Summit

This summit at various locations in the student center features guest speakers of Asian descent who will share their experiences navigating college, graduate school and their professional fields. RSVP to (909) 869-5025. This event is co-organized by the Indian Student Association.

April 26, all day – Filipinotown Bus Tour

Take a tour of historical Filipinotown and learn about its history and today's community. Transportation will be provided, seating is limited. RSVP to (909) 869-5025. University Housing Services is a co-sponsor.

April 25, 6 p.m. – Pan-Asian Cultural Celebration

As a closing ceremony in Ursa Major, various A&PI student organizations will ban together for the first time to put on a pan-ethnic cultural night performance.

Co-sponsors for the month's activities include: Asia & the Pacific Islands Heritage Month Committee, Associated Students, Inc., Alpha Sigma Lambda, Barkada, Bronco Bookstore, the Career Center, Chinese Student Association, Chi Rho Omicron, Ethnic & Women's Studies Department, Hong Kong Student Association, Indian Student Association, Lebanese Student Association,Malaysian Student Association, Muslim Student Association, Office of Student Life & Cultural Centers, the Stop Violence Office.

For more information call (909) 869-5025 or visit