CSU celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

CSU will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month throughout April with a variety of speakers, food and entertainment.

The events are being hosted in collaboration with the Asian/Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC), the Asian Pacific American Student Association, the Associated Students of Colorado State University, Aspen Grille, Career Center, Graduate School, Native American Cultural Center, Pacific Club, Parent and Family Programs, Pride Resource Center, RamEvents and SLiCE.

The highlights are below:

March 29: Marsha Aizumi

6 p.m., LSC Rooms 226-228

Aizumi is an advocate for the LGBT Community who shares her family’s journey to accepting their transgender son. Aizumi advocates for safe schools and bringing greater visibility and support to the Asian Pacific Islander LGBT community. She will be speaking on the topic of family acceptance.

March 30: Screening of Kumu Hina

11:30 a.m., LSC Room 333

1:00 p.m., LSC Room 327

2:00 p.m., LSC Room 232

A documentary about a transgender native Hawaiian and cultural icon, featuring Hina Wong-Kalu.

April 4: Hina Wong-Kalu speaks on “Mana: Our Capacity for Greatness”

6 p.m., LSC Theatre

Hinaleimoana has spent the last 30 years in various positions of leadership primarily connected with education and the Hawaiian community. She worked as an outreach worker within the transgender community and as a teacher to K-12 students.

April 5: Chai to Understand — Yick Wo v. Hopkins: A Meaning of Equality in Asian America with Joon Kim, chair of the Department of Ethnic Studies

5-6 p.m. APACC, LSC Room 333

April 6-7: A Taste of Aloha in the Aspen Grille

LSC Room 388

The Asian/Pacific American specials in coordination with the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center feature a Hawaiian-themed three-course menu with a dance performance for $13, including a non-alcoholic beverage.


Starter: Asian Marinated Salmon Poke Shooter

Mains: Veggie and Long Rice Hot Soup or Smoky Kalua Pig with White Rice and Tangy Mac Salad

Dessert: Butter Mochi – Traditional Hawaiian Sweet Bread

Reservations required. Call (970) 491-7006 or sign up at http://lsc.colostate.edu/dining-at-the-lory-student-center/aspen-grille/aspen-grille-reservations/

April 11: Ashly Perez speaks on “An Asian Girl’s Guide to Making Media that Matters”

5:30 p.m., LSC Theatre

Perez is a development partner for BuzzFeed Motion Pictures. She is best known for making content for and by young multicultural women.

April 12: Chai to Understand — film screening

4 p.m. April 12, APACC, LSC Room 333

April 13: CineRam: Moana

4 p.m and 7 p.m., LSC Theatre

April 19: AAPI Mixer

5 p.m. APACC, LSC Room 333

For students, staff and faculty

April 26: Chai to Understand — AAPIs in the media

5-6 p.m. APACC, LSC Room 333

For more information, visit http://www.apacc.colostate.edu/home.