APA Heritage Month Activities Begin This Week

Posted: March 18, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, March 21 through April 23, with lectures, panel discussions, and films, giving the university community a variety of events to attend. Helen Zia, an award-winning journalist who has covered Asian American communities and social political movements for more than 20 years, is the keynote speaker with a presentation on March 26 at 1:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center Bistro.

Activities begin this week with the De-Mystifying Asian Pacific American Stereotypes fashion show and discussion on March 21 in the Johnson Center Atrium at noon. Also on March 21, a coffee hour and roundtable discussion, “Why Isn’t There an Asian American Research Center and Resource Center at Mason?” will be held at 4 p.m. on the second floor of the Johnson Center; and a performance by Magdalen Hsu-Li, a pioneering Asian American woman in music, art, and the spoken word, is at 8 p.m. in the Johnson Center Bistro.

Zia, former editor of Ms. Magazine and founding member of the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum, will address current issues impacting Asian Americans. A book signing follows the lecture, with books for sale at the George Mason Bookstore.

Comedy Night, featuring Eliot Chang, a stand-up comic from Harlem, takes place on April 10 in the SUB II Ballroom at 7:30 p.m. The performance is followed by a discussion about media images of Asians and Asian Americans.

For a complete list of events, contact Anita Poon at apoon@gmu.edu or visit the Office of Diversity Services web site.

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