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Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration (APIAHC)

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14th Annual Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration Month

Our Home: Identity | Culture | Community Care

 

This year the APIAHC planning committee has cancelled all in-person events in accordance with Governor Gavin Newsom’s stay-at-home executive order issued March 19, 2020 due to the potential transmission of COVID-19.

The 14th Annual Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration Theme: Our Home: Culture, Identity, and Community Care, centers our self-determining “home” as a space of cultivating care, preservation of cultural practices, promoting a sense of belonging amid diverse learners, and staying connected while socially distancing.

At this time, we are proud to announce the APIAHC Virtual Online Programs utilizing platforms such as Facebook, Instagram, Zoom and various webpages. The key learning goals and outcomes of APIAHC programming are to promote social awareness impacting our diverse cultural identities, provide generative educational resources in a conducive learning environment, and address social inequities such as anti-Asian Pacific Islander behaviors for the benefit of the community at large.

We are also pleased to announce the APIAHC 2020 Scholarship Awards which will bring increased funding for three undergraduate students and one graduate student awardees for the annual essay contest based on the theme. See Essay Guidelines. 

Scholarship Winners:

Undergraduate:
1st prize: Annie Chin
Year: 3rd | College: Thurgood Marshall
Majors: History and Ethnic Studies

2nd prize: Eugene Jer Vang
Year: 2nd | College: Revelle
Major: General Biology | Minor: Dance

3rd prize: Gabriel Le Espiritu
Year: 4th | College: Sixth
Major: Clinical Psychology

Graduate: Nirosh Mataraarachchi
Division of Biological Sciences
Graduate Degree: Masters in Biology with Emphasis in Genetic Cardiac Disease

 

Virtual Programs 2020

 

Pacific Arts Movement (PacArts) - Asian Pacific Islander American Films | FREE (Membership required)

When: Updates will be posted weekly.
Link: Facebook for free films.

Description: UC San Diego's PASA and APIAHC Planning Committee is proud to partner with PacArts to host various films and documentaries for anyone to watch online. Some films will be available online for free, others will require membership subscription. Free films will be posted weekly on UCSD PASA's Facebook every Sunday afternoon. 

Contact: Joseph Ramirez

 

The Coloring Corner | FREE 

Description: These coloring pages are free to download and learn about Asian American history and culture.

Contact: Joseph Ramirez

 

Your Passport to Asian Culture - iCafe | FREE (Preregistration required)

When: Every Friday beginning May 1, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT
Please Register

Description: Join us on Fridays at Noon at iCafe – Your Passport to Culture as we travel virtually for a relaxed, social hour of Asian culture, connection and community with students, faculty and staff of UC San Diego. 

Featured countries:
  • 5/1: Vietnam
  • 5/8:  India
  • 5/15: Japan
  • 5/22:  Taiwan
  • 5/29:  South Korea

Contact: Debi Gianni

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Asian and Pacific Islander Culinary Programs | FREE

When: Every Tuesday and Thursday Evening | Beginning Tuesday, May 5, 2020
Links: Facebook or Instagram

Description:  PASA works with local Asian and Pacific Islander chefs and community members to showcase an Asian Pacific Islander cuisine for folks to try at home.

5/5:  Laotian Lahb - Thank you to Chef Kennedy P of Harborside Thai, Lao, & Sushi in Barrio Logan.  Recipe coming soon.

5/8:  Pinadayalok a Manok (also Piaparan a Manok) is popular dish served during Pagana (feasts) from the Maranao people of the southern Philippines.  Thank you to Chef Bernard Ellorin.

Contact:  Joseph Ramirez

 

Asian American Literature Opportunity Drawing

Drawing closes Wednesday, May 6, 2020  | Link

Description: UCSD staff and faculty will have the opportunity to win the following books as a set from currently published books of Asian/American authors. Two (2) sets of books will mailed on May 9, 2020. Drawing form closes Thursday, May 6 at 12pm (noon).

Winners:
      1. Stephanie Matthew ECE
      2. Grace Bagunu Revelle College
      3. Margaret Rattanachane Medicine

 

  • Wicked As You Wish: A Hundred Names for Magic, Book 1 (Rin Chupeco, 2020)
  • Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning (Cathy Park Hong, 2020)
  • We Are Totally Normal (Rahul Kanakia, 2020)
  • The Mountains Sing (Nguyen Phan Que Mai, 2020)
  • A Nail the Evening Hangs On (Monica Sok, 2020)
  • Before We Remember We Dream (Bryan Thao Worra, 2020)

Contact: Joseph Ramirez

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Pulling Together, Apart: Xenophobia Amid Pandemic Webinar | FREE (Preregistration is required)

Date: Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | Time: 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m. PDT
Please Register

Description: Join us for a presentation about the social impact of xenophobia amid contagion, past and present. Topics include viral echoes of yellow peril, othering, structural accountability, and coming together to address justice in times of social distancing.

Contact: Nancy Magpusao

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Real Talk: Trailblazers in Asian & Pacific Islander Communities

Date:  Thursday, May 7, 2020 | 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT
Please Register 

Description:  We are honored to welcome six dynamic Asian & Pacific Islander professionals to a panel event where they will share their stories. Panelists hail from fields like sneaker design and athletic training, medicine and entrepreneurship, writing and publishing, environmental science and production management, music production and education, and physical therapy.  Each speaker will share their personal journey, give advice to anyone interested in their field, and reflect on the relationship between identity and growth--both personal and professional.  Attendees will have the opportunity to pose questions of the panelists, and the event recording will be shared with all who register.

Contact: Windi Sasaki

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Conversation with Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai and Nguyễn Thanh Viễt | FREE (Preregistration is required)

Date: Friday, May 8, 2020 | Time: 4:00 p.m. PDT

Please Register

Description: Join author Nguyễn Phan Quế Mai for a live virtual event moderated by Nguyễn Thanh Việt, author of the Pulitzer Prize–winning novel The Sympathizer.

Hosted by Harvard Bookstore and the Diasporic Vietnamese Artist Network.

Contact:  Joseph Ramirez

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Education and Providing a Critical Hope Foundation for our Students and Communities Town Hall | FREE (Preregistration is required)

Date:  Saturday, May 9, 2020 | Time: 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT
Please Register

Description:  A Townhall on Education and Providing a Critical Hope Foundation for our Students and Communities.

Contact: Joseph Ramirez

 

The Pilipinx Radical Imagination Reader Book Talk | FREE (Preregistration is required)

Date:  Saturday, May 9, 2020 | Time: 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. PDT
Please Register

Description: Listen to stories from the contributors and be a part of our community dialogue.

Contact: Joseph Ramirez

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LIVE: Rolling the R's Online Performance

Date: Saturday, May 9, 2020 | Time: 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. PDT | Link

Description: Donate $5.00 (or more if you can) for our performance of R. Zamora Linmark’s ROLLING THE R’s on May 9 at 5PM PDT/8PM EDT (and available globally.) We will send you the link after your donation so it’s also a way of securing our performance. (ONLY DONORS WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE PERFORMANCE.) Other than sharing Zack’s fantastic play and the amazing talent of our cast, one of my main motivations producing this reading is to create opportunities for our theatre artists who are unable to make a living during this pandemic. Your donations will be divided equally among them for their livelihood or chosen charities. The point here is we need to support our artists while the theatres are in black. Thank you very much and enjoy the show! —Francis Tanglao Aguas, producer/director.

Contact: Joseph Ramirez

 

KPBS Special: Asian Americans - Breaking Ground/A Question of Loyalty

Date:  Monday, May 11, 2020 | Time: 8:00 p.m. PDT | Link

Preview

Description: See how new immigrants from China, Japan and beyond, despite anti-Asian laws, build railroads, dazzle in Hollywood and fight for equality. Then, the first generation of U.S.-born Asian Americans have their loyalties tested during World War II.

Contact: Joseph Ramirez

 

KPBS Special: Asian Americans - Good Americans/Generation Rising

Date:  Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | Time: 8:00 p.m. PDT | Link

Description: Learn how Asian Americans are targeted as perpetual foreigners during the Cold War. A younger generation fights for equality in the fields, on campuses and in the culture, and new immigrants and war refugees expand the definition of Asian American.

Contact: Joseph Ramirez

 

Why Belonging is Conditional: The Impact of Microaggressions on Asian Americans (Mental Health Panel) | FREE (Preregistration is required)

Date:  Tuesday, May 12, 2020 | Time: 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT
Please Register

Trailer: Asian American Documentary

Description: Join UC San Diego Counseling and Psychological Services and APIMEDA Programs and Services for a panel about mental health, racism, and xenophobia and the ways this effects Asian American communities. The panel will provide a historical perspective on these issues in the United States and discuss the individual and community effects that racism and xenophobia have on our communities.

Contact: Windi Sasaki

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Laopocalypse Exhibit

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. PDT | Exhibit Link

Description: We are partnering with the Cross-Cultural Center, Artist Bryan Thao Worra will be showcasing "Laopcaplyse: An Exhibit" mixing Laotian culture, Laotian American experience, and speculative futures in America.

Bryan Thao Worra is a 2009 US National Endowment for the Arts Fellow in Literature and a 2019 Joyce Fellow. He holds over 20 awards for his writing and community leadership over the last two decades. He is featured in over 100 international publications and textbooks. The author of 8+ books, he serves as the Creative Works Editor for the Journal of Southeast Asian American Education and Advancement, and is president of the 40-year old international Science Fiction and Fantasy Poetry Association.

In 2012, he represented the nation of Laos as its Cultural Olympian during the London Summer Games. The Lao Minnesotan Poet Laureate, his forthcoming book "Before We Remember We Dream" was released this April from Sahtu Press, reflecting on the Southeast Asian diaspora that began 45 years ago.

Video

Contact: Joseph Ramirez


Limited Partnership

Date: Wednesday, May 13, 2020 | 7:00p.m. PDT | 

Description: Live with Assemblymember Todd Gloria, Director Thomas G. Miller, and Film Subject Tony Sullivan.  Moderated by Brian Hu.

Contact: Joseph Ramirez

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APIMEDA Community Time: APIAHC TRIVIA

Date: Monday, May 18, 2020 | Time: 4:00 p.m. PDT
Register your Team:
ZOOM

 

Description: Join APIMEDA Programs and Services for Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration Trivia! Form a team or play on your own and join us for some fun online pub-style trivia!

Contact: Windi Sasaki

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Book Talk with Bryan Thao Worra | FREE (Preregistration is required)

Date: Wednesday, May 20, 2020 | Time: 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m. PDT
Zoom details coming soon!

Description: Online book talks with Asian American authors who have published this year.

Contact:  Joseph Ramirez

Flyer

 

Upcoming Q&A: GOOK | FREE (Preregistration is required)

Date: Thursday, May 21, 2020 | Time: 6:30 p.m PDT
Please Register

Description: Live with Justin Jitae Chon.  Justin is an American actor, director, and YouTube personality. He has directed two films, Gook and Ms. Purple. He is also known for portraying Eric Yorkie in The Twilight Saga film series. He is a member of the K-pop parody group Boys Generally Asian,  This Q&A will be moderated by Lee ann Kim, Founder of PacArts.  GOOK won the NEXT category of the Sundance Film Festival and went on to win Chon the Independent Spirit award for "someone to watch" in 2018.

Contact:  Joseph Ramirez

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Book Talk with Cathy Park Hong | FREE (Preregistration is required)

Date: Wednesday, May 27, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. PDT
Zoom details coming soon!

Description: Online book talks with Asian American authors who have published this year.

Contact:  Joseph Ramirez

Flyer: Coming soon!

 

Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions Meeting | FREE (Preregistration is required)

Date: Thursday, May 28, 2020 | Time: 12:00 p.m - 1:00 p.m. PDT
Please REGISTER

Description: Recognizing and Responding to Microaggressions - Equity Talks for Staff by Staff

Contact: Nancy Magpusao

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APIAHC 2020 Planning Committee Members

Special thanks to Nancy Magpusao (Chair), Jocelyn Pacheco (Co-Chair), Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez, Windi Sasaki, Jacqueline Vo, Brandon Chulaluxsiriboon, Buu Huynh, Lusi Wang and Maddy Agamata.

Sponsors

Office for Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion, Chancellor's Office, Pan Asian Staff Association, APIMEDA Programs and Services, Cross-Cultural Center and S.P.A.C.E.S.

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