For April - May 2018 University of St. Thomas will showcasing a variety of programs for Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. In 1992 the official designation of May became AAPI month, which is 16 years after Black History Month was official. May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. To learn more check out click on this link! Origins of AAPI Month

A special menu at T’s will be featured May 7th – 11th and featured works will be on display in the OSF Library for the month of May 2018. Look out for cultural dinner with Asian Students in America (ASIA) will be having their Asia Night on Saturday, April 7th, 2018 5pm – 8pm in ASC Woulfe Hall.

DAB will be hosting AAPI Month Speaker, Helen Zia to campus on April 11th, 2018 at 6pm – 7pm in ASC Woulfe North. Helen Zia is a feminist, award winning journalist, Asian American Civil Right Activist, and Gay Rights Activist. Her work for the 1980s landmark Asian American civil rights case of anti-Asian violence was documented in Academy Award nominated “Who Killed Vincent Chin?”

Come and dance with Hmong United Students Association (HUSA) and learn Hmong Line Dancing on April 12th, 2018, 5pm in ASC Dance LL. Hmong line dancing is similar to country line dancing, but with music from Southeast Asia. HUSA will be bringing in a professional Hmong Line Dance instructor to come and teach everyone.

India’s celebration of spring is coming to University of St. Thomas. ASIA and DAB are bringing Holi Festival on April 20th, 2018, 4pm – 5pm, Grand Lawn. There will be colors thrown, music, food and more in celebrating and learning the coming of spring in India.

Culture Stew –What is the Asian American Identity is on April 25th, 5:30pm in ASC 238. This is led by Daniel Train, cofounder of Asian American Literary Collective here in Minnesota. In collaboration with Asians Students in America and Hmong United Student Association, this workshop will dissect the Asian American identity, and what does that mean to the community. As well as the historical context of influences we see around us today.

DAB will be hosting R.G.K. Modern Indian Dance Academy on April 26th, 6pm in OEC Auditorium.  This is the first professional dance academy in the Midwest that offer classes in Bollywood, Folk, Semi-Classical, and contemporary dance styles of India.Come and join us as they will be performing some amazing dances, and also teach the audience some dance moves!

Our Movies that Matter event will be on Monday, April 30th, at 5:30 pm in ASC Hearth Room 340. “Breathin – The Eddy Zheng Story “is a documentary feature about a Chinese immigrant who became the youngest prisoner at San Quentin State Prison and later one of the nation’s most recognized leaders on prison reform and youth violence prevention. Winner of 2016 LA Asian Pacific Film Festival and 2016 Audience Award Center of Asian American Media Film Festival, please come join us in watching this story.

We continue with our And Still We Rise series in partnership with the Luann Dummer Center for Women (LDCW). This month it is led by Executive Director Claudia Waring, Tuesday, May 1st, at 5:30 pm in the LDCW (OEC 103).  Titled “Domestic Violence in the Asian Community”. Claudia will lead a discussion on current issues within MN dealing with domestic violence, specifically with the Asian community.