Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the accomplishments while recognizing on-going struggles faced within the APA community on and off campus. OCAT along with faculty, staff, and students come together to plan several cultural and educational events.
Although the officially designated month for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is May, various MSU departments and student organizations celebrate during the month of April to coincide with the academic calendar.
If you are interested in participating in the Annual APA Heritage Month Planning Committee at MSU, please contact Meaghan Kozar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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This year’s theme: “I am…we are…History Starts Now!” will feature a thought-provoking message of Asian American empowerment, interactive activities, Food celebrating “A Taste of Asia,” the traditional symbolic launching of the Sky Lanterns AND will feature Curtis Chin producer of the http://www.vincentwhofilm.com/.
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“APA Heritage Month Kick-Off event”
The 2011 APA Heritage Month Kick-Off theme “Where we are from, Really!” aimed in challenging the “perpetual foreigner” stereotype of Asian Americans perceived to not be American or “from” America. Highlights of the event included sharing of stories by diverse Asian American experiences, cultural activities from APASO’s affiliate organizations and a performance by guest spoken word artist, Professor Emily Lawsin from University of Michigan. The event ended with a beautiful symbolic launching of sky lanterns. Over 125 people were in attendance.
“APA Hidden Histories Walking Tour”
This event led by Professor Anna Pegler-Gordon, (James Madison and APA Studies Program Co-Director) in collaboration with OCAT brought students, faculty, and staff on a walking tour of MSU highlighting APA histories. The start of the tour began at the MSU Museum where APA art was absent moving towards the warehouse that stored the “hidden” APA art/artifacts. We ended the event with a cool treat at the MSU Dairy Store.