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ASIAN AMERICAN AND PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrates the history, culture, traditions and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. In 1978, Congress passed a Congressional Resolution to establish AAPI Heritage week from May 1st through 10th. May was chosen because of the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to America on May 7, 1843 as well as the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 that was built by Chinese workers. The week was extended to a month in 1990.

Due to NC State’s academic calendar, NC State celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander History Month early from March 16th through April 16th while students are still on campus. Click here for full calendar.

WEDNESDAY MARCH 15 – SATURDAY APRIL 15

Mandala Manifesto Art Installation

Time:  Open during normal Talley hours
Location: Talley Center Cultural Hearth (On the first floor, across from the bookstore)

Experience John Orrand’s art installation, Mandala Manifesto, in the Talley Center Cultural Hearth in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Mandala Manifesto is an exploration in meditative art and a tribute to the tradition of the mandala. For more information about the artist, please visit: mandalamanifesto.com
The word mandala is a Sanskrit term that means “circle” or “discoid object”. A mandala can be defined in two ways: externally as a schematic visual representation of the universe and internally as a guide for several psychophysical practices that take place in many Asian traditions, including meditation.
They can be painted on paper, wood, stone, cloth or even on a wall. In some traditions, they can be reproduced in ephemeral material such as butter or colored sand. In some traditions like Tibetan Buddhism, the role of mandalas is so strong that it could become an architectural structure and even whole temples may be built as giant mandalas. (source ancient.eu/mandala/)

This event is co-sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs and Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Education.

SATURDAY MARCH 18

HOLI Festival (Rescheduled to April 2nd)

Time:  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location:  Miller Fields

Holi is a Hindu spring festival in India and Nepal, also known as the festival of colors or the festival of sharing love. Participants celebrate by throwing dry colored powder or colored water at each other. Join us for one crazy afternoon at Miller Fields to play around with colors and dance along for the DJ! Bring your friends and family: entry is free for all, so don’t miss the fun!

This event is co-sponsored by Maitri, EKTAA, Delta Sigma Iota, Inter-Residence Council (IRC), Union Activities Board (UAB) and Multicultural Student Affairs.

SUNDAY MARCH 19

Viet Night

Time:  7:00 PM
Location: Stewart Theatre

Viet Night is the annual cultural show that the Vietnamese Student Association hosts every year. It’s a night that has a cultural showcase full of performances from the Vietnamese community.

This event is sponsored by Vietnamese Student Association.

TUESDAY MARCH 21

Cultural Differences Between Asia and South Asia

Time:  7:00 PM
Location: Daniels 371

The Tau Chapter of Pi Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc. and the Gamma Chapter of Delta Sigma Iota Fraternity, Inc. are proud to present: Cultural Differences Between Asia and South Asia. Come out and learn more about food, clothing, pop culture, holidays, religion, sports and common misconceptions in Asian and South Asian culture! Snack on cultural food while also learning about our unique communities – free of charge!

This event is co-sponsored by Pi Alpha Phi and Delta Sigma Iota Fraternities.

THURSDAY MARCH 23

United in Diversity: Leading Women of Color Trivia Night

Time:  7:00 PM
Location: Mann 301

Kappa Phi Lambda will be hosting a trivia based on historical female leaders. Prior to the trivia, attendees will be presented information related to the game’s content, emphasizing on their achievements throughout history. Winners of the trivia will receive a prize!

This event is sponsored by Kappa Phi Lambda.

Ramen Eating Contest

Time:  7:30 – 9:00 PM
Location: 160 Withers Hall

ASA and CUSA will be hosting their annual Ramen Eating Contest. Sign up here. Winners will gain an Amazon gift card! There will be TWO different entry types: Non-Spicy (4 packs of Ramen): Entry Fee will be $3, Grand Prize will be a $20 GIFT CARD from AMAZON; Spicy (3 packs of Ramen): Entry Fee will be $5, Grand Prize will be a $30 GIFT CARD from AMAZON. Non-Competitors are welcome to join and just enjoy the ramen at their own pace! Entry fee will be the same price. Don’t forget to bring your friends to cheer you on! See their Facebook event.

This event is co-sponsored by ASA and CUSA.

FRIDAY MARCH 24

Hawaii Night

Time:  6:00 PM
Location: Talley 3210

Come out to Hawaii Night to learn more about different Hawaiian dance styles and to practice them as well.

This event is sponsored by Kristen Hasegawa.

Shumai Fundraiser

Time:  7:00 PM
Location: Honors Village Commons Multipurpose Room

The Tau Chapter of Pi Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc. will be selling shumai! These shumai are homemade, authentic, and made with love!

This event is sponsored by Pi Alpha Phi.

SATURDAY MARCH 25

Oak City Revolution

Time:  6:00 PM
Location: Talley Stewart Theater

Oak City Revolution is a fusion dance competition with teams from various universities. Buy tickets here.

This event is sponsored by EKTAA.

THURSDAY MARCH 30

Chat and Chew

Time:  12:00 PM
Location: MSA Lobby, Talley 4261

Bring your lunch and join MSA as we discuss “The Myth of the Model Minority” and its implications on our NC State AAPI Community.

This event is sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs.

SUNDAY APRIL 2

HOLI Festival

Time:  11:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Location:  Lee Fields

(This event was rescheduled from March 18th.) Holi is a Hindu spring festival in India and Nepal, also known as the festival of colors or the festival of sharing love. Participants celebrate by throwing dry colored powder or colored water at each other. Join us for one crazy afternoon at Miller Fields to play around with colors and dance along for the DJ! Bring your friends and family: entry is free for all, so don’t miss the fun!

This event is co-sponsored by Maitri, EKTAA, Delta Sigma Iota, Inter-Residence Council (IRC), Union Activities Board (UAB) and Multicultural Student Affairs.

MONDAY APRIL 3

Tibetan Buddhist Philosophy and Meditation

Time:  11:00 AM
Location: Witherspoon 201

A speaker from Kadampa Center for the Practice of Tibetan Buddhism will present. Afterwards the group will participate in a de-stress event that includes essential oils and mandala coloring sheets.

This event is sponsored by Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention Education.

Practice Makes Perfect Mock Interviews

Time:  4:30 PM
Location: Nelson Hall, Room TBD

Join the Poole College of Management Career Service team and Diversity & Inclusion office to practice interview skills. Topics covered will be tips for dress, typical questions to anticipate and Student Network Group Mentors of the Asian-American Pacific Islander Group will be available to coach how to navigate uncomfortable moments when bias driven questions are asked.

This event is sponsored by Poole College of Management.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 5

Tea Time with Lambda Phi Epsilon at NC State

Time:  7:00 PM
Location: Poe 424

The best way to understand culture is inherently through food and social gatherings. Historically, tea has been an inter-sectional commodity throughout Asian culture. From East Asia, Southeast Asia, and South Asia, tea has brought much of the Asian community together in one setting with its rich cultural aspects and elaborate traditional ceremonies. The ethnic break down and diversity of the Asian culture is overwhelming, however, Lambda Phi Epsilon will teach the public about the prominence of tea culture from the ancient to modern times in Asian history and teach how tea ties Asian culture together. During this event, attendees will be able to sample different tea styles throughout Asia while learning about different tea customs.

This event is sponsored by Lambda Phi Epsilon.

Train to Busan Showing

Time:  7:00 PM
Location: Daniels 214

The Tau Chapter of Pi Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc. and Korean Conversation Club will be doing a showing of the Korean film Train to Busan. Train to Busan is a South Korean take on a zombie apocalypse film, released in 2016. Learn more about the film here.

This event is co-sponsored by Pi Alpha Phi and the Korean Conversation Club.

THURSDAY APRIL 6

Origami Night

Time:  7:00 PM
Location: Talley 4140

Alpha Phi Gamma will be hosting a demonstration as well as providing materials to make their own origami.

This event is sponsored by Alpha Phi Gamma.

TUESDAY APRIL 11

Connecting The Dots

Time:  6:00 PM
Location: Talley 3285

Join us in welcoming Victoria Chan as she delivers a talk on topics including her family’s struggle during the cultural revolution, her work with celebrities, including serving as Jackie Chan’s executive assistant, her journey in higher education, and mental health in the AAPI community.

This event is sponsored by Multicultural Student Affairs.

WEDNESDAY APRIL 12

The Paper Crane Legacy

Time:  7:00 PM
Location: Daniels 371

The Tau Chapter of Pi Alpha Phi Fraternity, Inc. will be presenting on the legacy of paper cranes as well as learning to fold them!

This event is sponsored by Pi Alpha Phi.

SUNDAY APRIL 16

The 2017 Asia Night: Game On!

Time:  6:00 – 9:00 PM
Location: Talley Stewart Theater

Join Asian Students Association (ASA) for this exciting gameshow! We have exciting prizes for game participates and more prizes for the winning teams! Besides that we will have individual photoshoots and customized T-shirts! It’s gonna be super fun guaranteed.

This event is sponsored by Asian Students Association (ASA).

TUESDAY APRIL 18

Kumu Hina: The True Meaning Of Aloha Film Screening and Discussion

Time:  5:00 PM
Location: Talley 4101

Join the GLBT Center as we celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander History Month by screening the film Kumu Hina: The True Meaning of Aloha. This film examines the significance of m?h? (transgender) people in Hawaiian culture. Following one woman’s journey to preserve the legacy and richness of Hawaiian hula dance, this film unpacks the ways culture, heritage, and identity intersect in a post-colonial world.

This event is sponsored by the GLBT Center.