It’s that time of year again!
The last national heritage month we celebrate during the academic year is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. It is a time to learn about and acknowledge the issues, culture, and history of individuals and communities with Asian or Pacific Islander backgrounds.
Though it is meant to be celebrated in May, we start our observance of AAPI Month early so St. Thomas community members are able to make time for it before the hectic last week of the semester.
Before previewing some of our wonderful programs for the heritage month, here are a couple of questions we hope you find answers to as you learn from and enjoy the month:
- How diverse is the Asian American and Pacific Islander population?
- How does American culture affect the experiences of Asian Americans?
- What are the unique social and cultural problems affect Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders?
- How can I be more mindful in viewing and interacting with Asian American and Pacific Islander communities?
With those questions in mind, here are a few programs that you’re guaranteed to learn from and enjoy!
Our second annual Diversity Dialogues is tomorrow! As we prepare for Jose Antonio Vargas to visit campus on April 25, we will be screening his documentary Undocumented. A discussion on the experiences of undocumented immigrants will follow. You can still sign up in ASC 224 and receive a free T-Shirt!
And Still We Rise
Hosted at the Luann Dummer Center for Women, this month’s And Still We Rise is a student-led presentation on popular culture’s fetishization of Asian women and its negative impact. Come learn from and discuss this issue with presenters Divine Zheng and Gabbie Ryan, as well as other interested folks coming through for the event!
Festival of Nations
On May 7, SDIS and Residence Life will bring students to St. Paul’s annual Festival of Nations. The festival is an enormous showcase of the Twin Cities’ various ethnic communities featuring dance performances, cultural exhibitions, and a marketplace full of ethnicity/nationality-themed stands where food, clothes, and other goods can be purchased. Communities represented at this year’s festival include the Thai, Japanese, Taiwanese, Indian, and Sri Lankan among the wide variety of peoples there.
The last month of the academic calendar should not be an enormous, stressful cram session. Sometimes, the best way to relieve yourself of your problems is to interact with and learn about other people. Take the opportunities we’re providing to immerse yourself in something new, even if it’s just for an hour.
Hope to see you at our programs!