George Mason University Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Posted: April 2, 2007 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Catherine Probst

“As I am” is the theme for this year’s Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month at George Mason University, which strives to identify with the individual. APA Month gives Asian Pacific American youth the opportunity to establish their own identity while facing two realms of identity, the world of tradition, where their heritage is rooted and the world in which they are now living.

The month kicks off on Monday, April 2, at noon with a meet and greet of Asian American students and faculty to find out more about upcoming events and enjoy performances by several APA student organizations.

Some other highlights of the month include the Cultural Dance Showcase on Sunday, April 8, at 3:30 p.m., which features Hawaiian, Asian Indian, Chinese Taiji, Mongolian, Vietnamese, Bolivian, Guzheng and Korean dance performances. Several cultural nights throughout the month include Filipino and Korean culture nights, which feature activities such as folk dances to educate people about the culture and history.

APA Month is housed under the Office of Diversity Programs and Services (ODPS), which assists students of diverse backgrounds in the areas of admission, retention/satisfaction, graduation and alumni connection. It also provides services and programs for student leadership development and cultural organizations.

“The Office of Diversity Programs and Services works hard to coordinate the cultural heritage months at Mason, and the long-standing history of APA Month is just one of the many events designed to celebrate students of various cultures,” says Shaoxian Yu, interim associate director of ODPS.

APA Month is organized by the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC), a student organization that serves as the voice for the APA student population at Mason. APAC works together to promote APA perspectives and positive change on the Mason campus. This month is dedicated to helping the individual and the nation mature in order to recognize and understand a united group of cultures whose heritage lies in Asia and islands in the Pacific.

Below are events featured during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month:

Monday, April 2, 12 noon to 2 p.m., Johnson Center Atrium – The Prelude: APA Heritage Month Kick-off

Tuesday, April 3, 2 to 5 p.m., SUB I, Room C – Shifting Attitudes

Thursday, April 5, 7 p.m., Johnson Center, Meeting Room Z – APAC General Body Meeting and 2007-08 Elections

Sunday, April 8, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Harris Theater – Cultural Dance Showcase

Thursday, April 12, 6 and 9 p.m., Johnson Center, Cinema – Film: “The Joy Luck Club”

Thursday, April 12, 7 to 10 p.m., SUB I, Gameroom – APA Student Game Room Special

Thursday, April 12, 7 p.m., Johnson Center, Meeting Room E – Human Rights and North Korea

Friday, April 13, 7 to 10 p.m., Harris Theater – Cultural Showcase: Spark Hope

Saturday, April 14, 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., SUB II, Rooms 6, 7 and 8 – Chinese Karaoke Night

Saturday, April 14, 7 p.m., Harris Theater – Filipino Cultural Night

Monday, April 16, 6 p.m., Dewberry Hall – APA Senior Banquet

Sunday, April 22, 12 noon to 4 p.m., Physical Education Building – “Asian Americans Can Jump”: 3-on-3 Men and Women’s Tournament and Basketball Shoot-Out

Monday, April 23, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., Mason Hall, Room DS – Provost Tea (invitation only)

Tuesday, April 24, 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Ciao Hall – Asian Pacific American Heritage Lunch – Diversity of Asian Foods and Music

Saturday, April 28, 7 -10 p.m., SUB II Ballroom – Korean Culture Night

Sunday, April 29, 7 p.m., Johnson Center, Dewberry Hall – Pakistan Students Association Annual Spring Formal

Sunday, April 29, 9 a.m., Washington, D.C. – WalkAmerica: March of Dimes, Sylvan Theatre to the Washington Monument

Monday, April 30, 8:30 p.m. to 12 midnight, Johnson Center, Bistro – Open Mic: Check the Mic

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