Colorado State University’s Asian/Pacific American Student Association (APASA) will celebrate Asian/Pacific Islander Awareness Month throughout April with rich entertainment, food, speakers, and even a Hawaiian lu’au.
“These events are a fun way for Asian and Pacific Islanders to share and celebrate aspects of our culture and heritage with the rest of the CSU community,” said APASA President Justin Miyashiro.
This month’s keynote features Hines Ward, former wide receiver for the Pittsburgh Steelers and first Korean American Super Bowl MVP. Ward will speak about his biracial identity and the challenges he had to overcome throughout his NFL career.
The lecture will be from 7-8 p.m. April 6 in the LSC Grand Ballroom, sponsored by Ram Events, APASA, CSU Athletics, the Black African American Cultural Center and the Asian/Pacific American Cultural Center. For tickets, visit www.csutix.com or the Lory Student Center box office. Tickets are free for students and $8 for community members.
Other events throughout the month include:
Specials at the Aspen Grille
11 a.m.-1:15 p.m. April 2-3, Aspen Grille
The Aspen Grille will serve a special menu featuring Asian cuisine. Call (970) 491-7006 for reservations.
“Delano Manongs: Forgotten Heroes of the United Farm Workers” Screening
4:30-5:30 p.m. April 3, Asian/Pacific American Cultural Center, 333 Lory Student Center
The Delano Manongs tells the story of farm labor organizer Larry Itliong who organized a group of 1500 Filipinos to strike against the grape growers of Delano, California, beginning a collaboration between Filipinos, Chicanos and other ethnic workers that would go on for years.
Event co-hosted by El Centro.
Denver Taiko Performance
3-4 p.m. April 12, LSC Theatre
Denver Taiko is a community-based organization committed to honoring and sharing Japanese drumming through performance and providing an engaging creative outlet for those with interest in the art of taiko. Tickets are free for students and $5 for community members, available at the Lory Student Cemter.
API Student & Faculty Night
4:30-6 p.m. April 16, LSC Room 304
Join the Asian/Pacific American Cultural Center and fellow Asian/Pacific Islander students and faculty for food, networking, and a Q&A session.
Diverse Martial Arts Demo
7-8 p.m. April 21, LSC Cherokee Park Ballroom
Fort Collins Aikido, Inner Wave Pencak Silat, and CSU Pencak Silat will perform martial arts demonstrations at this free event.
“A’ole Pilikia: No Worries” Lu’au
5 p.m. April 26, LSC Grand Ballroom
Join CSU and Fort Collins community members for the annual lu’au. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for tickets and ticket pricing.
For more about Asian/Pacific Islander Awareness Month, visit A/PACC’s website at www.apacc.colostate.edu.