Asian Pacific Americans Raise Awareness during Heritage Month

Posted: April 3, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Ryan Call

George Mason University celebrates Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month with a series of events on the Fairfax Campus in keeping with the theme “Elevate: Raising Awareness, Uplifting the Community.”

  • On Monday, April 3, Mason’s APA organizations will begin the month’s festivities with “The Prelude: APA Heritage Month Kick-off.” Stop by to meet APA students and faculty, peruse the month’s schedule and enjoy performances by APA organizations. The program occurs from noon until 1 p.m. in the Johnson Center Atrium.

  • Performer YK Hong will hold a workshop titled “Intentionality: Navigating the World with Multiple Identities” at 4:30 p.m. in Johnson Center’s Dewberry Hall. The workshop will explore the intersections of identity and oppression.
  • A series of cultural events will be held beginning Saturday, April 8, with Vietnamese Cultural Night: The Chapter of Our Lives. The program includes a series of performances, skits and dances that will capture the essence of Vietnamese culture. The night begins at 7 p.m. at Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology, 6560 Braddock Road, Alexandria, Va. Korean Culture Night is planned for Thursday, April 27, in Dewberry Hall at 7 p.m., followed by Filipino Cultural Night, also in Dewberry Hall, on Sunday, May 6, at 7 p.m.
  • On Wednesday, April 12, Cathy Bao Bean will present a workshop called “Figuring Out the Shape We’re In by Acting More Like An Immigrant.” Bean is the author of “The Chopsticks-Fork Principle: A Memoir and a Manual.” The workshop takes place in the Johnson Center, Room B from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
  • On Tuesday, April 25, the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) will present the culminating event of APA Heritage Month: “Check the Mic.” The program will showcase underrepresented voices through poetry and music. The event takes place at the Bistro in the Johnson Center from 8:30 p.m. to midnight.

In addition, there will be several other speakers, social functions and films throughout the month. For more information, call the Office of Diversity Programs and Services at 703-993-2700.

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