APA Events This Week Include Speaker from White House

Posted: April 22, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Fran Rensbarger

The celebration of Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month continues with a lecture today at 10 a.m. in the Johnson Center Cinema by the executive director of the White House initiative on Asian Pacific Americans. John Quoc Duong is charged with coordinating all federal activities to increase opportunities for and improve the quality of life of more than 12 million Asian Pacific Americans. In addition, he works with the White House and the President’s Advisory Commission on APA needs and concerns.

This evening, a mini indie APA film festival begins at 9 p.m. in the Johnson Center Bistro, with a discussion facilitated by Jeanette Roan, English, following the screenings of the films. The festival is hosted by the APA Coalition in collaboration with the D.C. APA Film Festival, and is free.

On Wednesday, John Cheng, History and Art History, presents “Who Is an Asian American? And Why?” He will lead a discussion of the term “Asian American” as it is applied in the United States, and how it has changed historically as a product of shifting racial attitudes and laws. The event starts at 4:30 p.m. in the Johnson Center, Assembly Room D.

On Friday, a coffee/tea house and open mic night offer an informal social opportunity for APA individuals and student organizations to showcase talents. The fun begins at 7 p.m. in the Bistro.

In a second presentation by Cheng, “Asian Americans and Mainstream Media,” he discusses the images of Asian Americans in the mainstream media and how they’ve changed in the last few decades as a result of shifting racial attitudes and the globalization of the entertainment industry. Seating is limited, so call (703) 993-2909 for reservations. The discussion is Wednesday, April 30, at 4:30 p.m. in Johnson Center, Assembly Room C

For more information on any of these events, call the Office of Diversity Programs and Services at (703) 993-2700 or visit the APA web site.

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