Events slated for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

March 31, 2009 | Events, UToday
By Megan Lewis



In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the UT Office of Multicultural Student Services will host a number of activities to celebrate the people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States.

While Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated in May, UT will hold most of its events in April before the semester ends so more students can participate, according to Nina Grant, senior director of the Multicultural Student Services Office.

gallery-2009-03Two art exhibits can be viewed Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Multicultural Student Services Office, located in Student Union Room 2500 on Main Campus. “The Far East at Home” features works by members of the Chinese Association of Greater Toledo, and “Visiting China” showcases photographs by Agnes L. Barnes. Works will be on display through July 31.

Events to take place on Main Campus are:

Tuesday, March 31

• Multicultural Jeopardy featuring Asian and Asian American trivia from noon to 1 p.m. in the Student Union South Lounge.

• The film “Ke Kulana He Mahu: Remembering a Sense of Place” will screen at 7 p.m. in Memorial Field House Room 2100.  This documentary examines the relationship between the gay and transgendered communities among Hawaii’s indigenous people, the Kanaka Maoli. RSVP on Facebook

Thursday, April 2

• “Surf Culture Series: Can a Rocket Ride a Wave?” from 6 to 8 p.m. in Parks Tower Game Room.  This weekly series includes films about surfing and surf shops and presents a slideshow about the Samoan culture as it relates to surfing. RSVP on Facebook

Saturday, April 4

• International Student Dinner from 6:30 to 10:30 p.m. in the Student Union Auditorium. This dinner will provide international cuisine and a fashion show with participants dressed in attire from their home countries. For ticket information, contact Susan Cuffee at 419.530.2261 or susancuffee@utoledo.edu. RSVP on Facebook

Monday, April 6

• Asia Forum featuring “Whale Rider” from 3 to 4:40 p.m. in Student Union Room 2500. This film is about love, rejection and triumph as a young Maori girl tries to fulfill a destiny that her grandfather will not recognize. RSVP on Facebook

Thursday, April 9

• Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration Reception from 2 to 4 p.m. in Student Union Room 2500. This reception will recognize the achievements of Asians and Asian Pacific Americans by featuring an art exhibition, music, performances, food and origami.

• “Surf Culture Series: Can a Rocket Ride a Wave?” from 6 to 8 p.m. in Parks Tower Game Room.

Saturday, April 11

• Asian American Immigration, Equal Opportunities and Civil Rights Panel from 2 to 4 p.m. in Student Union Room 3020. RSVP on Facebook

Wednesday, April 15

• Asia Forum featuring “Better Luck Tomorrow” at noon in the Student Union South Lounge.  This crime-drama film is about Asian American overachievers who become bored with their lives and enter a world of petty crime.

• “Surf Culture Series: Can a Rocket Ride a Wave?” from 6 to 8 p.m. in Parks Tower Game Room.

Tuesday, April 21

• Asia Forum featuring “Who Killed Vincent Chin?” at noon in Student Union Room 2500. This documentary tells the story of a Chinese American beaten to death in the Detroit enclave of Highland Park by a Chrysler plant superintendent. After the film, a discussion will be led by Dr. Yueh-Ting Lee, UT professor and associate vice president of analysis and assessment.

Saturday, April 25

• “Surf Culture Series: Can a Rocket Ride a Wave?” from 6 to 8 p.m. in Parks Tower Game Room.

For more information on these events, contact the Office of Multicultural Student Services at 419.530.2261.