Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration
Saturday, May 2, 2009
Krannert Center Lobby
For a copy of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration poster download (.pdf 813KB) or visit the Asian American Cultural Center
Come celebrate the diversity, yet commonality that brings Champaign-Urbana’s Asian Pacific American (APA) campus & community together at our first EVER APA Heritage Month Celebration!
Experience the sights and sounds of traditional and modern performance, put your artistic skills to test through interactive crafts and calligraphy, and learn more about the many different groups that make up the rich culture of C-U’s APA population through educational booths!
Performances will feature a diverse display from the APA community including:
-Hmong Qeej performance
-Spoken word from APAC student John Kim
-Korean drumming from GarakMadang
-South Asian dance from Ghungroo Dance Company
-Poetry and dance from Chinese Heritage Association
-A capella from Hindi-English group Chai-Town
-Martial arts demonstrations from HMD Academy
-Step dance from Asian American fraternity Lambda Phi Epsilon, and more!
All attendees can also learn how to do authentic calligraphy, fold
their own origami, or create a paper lantern!
Department of East Asian Language and Culture
Asian Educational Media Service
Asian American Studies Program
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
McKinley Health Center (Special Populations)
Hindu Temple & Cultural Society of Central Illinois
Central Illinois Mosque and Islamic Center
Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations
Sri Lankan Community
East Central Illinois Refugee Mutual Assistance Center
Chinese Heritage Association
Korean Cultural Center
Lambda Phi Epsilon
What is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month?
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates the collective accomplishments of the heterogeneous communities that make up the APA population. Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869. It was later expanded from a week long to a month long celebration in 1990.
Since then, May has been designated as national APA Heritage Month, much like Black History and Women’s History Month celebrations. However, because of UIUC’s academic calendar, we have not been able to celebrate May as APA Heritage month on campus, nor has there been any organized effort to acknowledge the month in the C-U Community.
Check back for a full agenda and more details in the coming weeks!
Questions? Email aacc(at)illinois.edu.
This event is funded by the Student Cultural Programming Fee and Student Affairs Program Coordinating Council
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