April is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The Asian Pacific American Student Association celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout April, with film screenings, live performances, workshops, classes and other activities for the whole family.

“API Heritage Month is about celebrating where we come from and raising awareness of API communities and people in and around CSU,” said Kira Deming, president of APASA.

A highlight of the month will be an appearance April 18 by author and performer Qurrat Ann Kadwani, whose one-woman show They Call Me Q played seven months Off Broadway in New York and is now touring nationally. She will present her award-winning show, in which she transforms into 13 characters that have shaped her life as a girl from Bombay growing up in the Bronx, including her parents, Caucasian teachers, Puerto Rican classmates and African-American friends, at 6 p.m. in the Cherokee Park Ballroom. Kadwani will will also lead a workshop on diversity, acting and writing, noon – 1:30 p.m. in LSC 304-306; lunch provided. RSVP for the workshop here.

The show is free and open to the public, no tickets required.

cs_re_ChristineHaPoster_FB_v5Christine Há, the first ever blind contestant and Season 3 winner of Fox TV’s competitive amateur cooking show, MasterChef, will present the keynote for this year’s celebration, April 21, 7-8 p.m., in the Longs Peak Room of the Lory Student Center. Há defeated more than 30,000 home cooks across America to secure the coveted MasterChef title, a $250,000 cash prize, and a cookbook deal. She also hosts a website at theblindcook.com

“API Heritage Month is our chance to showcase the beauty and uniqueness of our cultures, and to raise awareness of issues in and around our communities, in order to foster a greater appreciation and understanding of who we are,” Deming added.

Sponsors for the month’s events include APASA, Asian Pacific American Culture Center, CSU Athletics, Department of Ethnic Studies, El Centro, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Questioning & Ally Resource Center, Hui ‘O Hawai`i, Japan Club, Native American Cultural Center, RamEvents, Resources for Disabled Students, Residence Life Inclusive Community Assistants and the Women and Gender Advocacy Center.

API Heritage Month Events

Visit the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center website for more information.

April 12

Cranes for Kids

11 a.m.-2 p.m. | LSC Plaza

Conversational Hawaiian

12:30-1:30 p.m. | APACC, LSC 333

API Mental Health Workshop

4-6 p.m. | Eddy 104

April 13

TEA Time

4-5 p.m. | APACC, LSC 333

TEA Time — The Experience of All — is a bimonthly interactive event where students deepen their understanding of Asian culture through discussions and hands-on activities.

April 14

Cranes for Kids

5-7 p.m. | Durrell Center

Big Hero 6 – CineRam

7 p.m. | LSC Theatre

April 19

Kumu Hina Film Showing

4-5:30 p.m. | Eddy 109

Originally aired on PBS’ Independent Lens, Kumu Hina is the award-winning story of Hina Wong-Kalu, a transgender native Hawaiian teacher and cultural icon who brings to life Hawai`i’s long-held embrace of mahu — those who embody both male and female spirit, and were traditionally respected as caretakers, healers, and keepers of ancient traditions.

April 21

Christine Há

7-8 p.m. | Longs Peak Room, LSC

Christine Há is the first ever blind contestant and Season 3 winner of the Fox TV’s competitive amateur cooking show, MasterChef. She defeated over 30,000 home cooks across America to secure the coveted MasterChef title, a $250,000 cash prize, and a cookbook deal.

April 22

Indonesian Arts Performance

3 p.m. | LSC 386

April 25

Cranes for Kids

11 a.m.-2 p.m. | LSC Plaza

April 26

Conversational Hawaiian

12:30-1:30 p.m. | APACC, LSC 333

April 28-29

Special Menu

Aspen Grille, call for reservations, 491-7006