Every year, the United States government recognizes May as Asian Pacific American Heritage month to pay tribute to generations of Asians, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders (AAAPI) who have shaped our national and global history and are instrumental to our collective success in the future.
We use AAAPI to bring attention to the distinctive diaspora of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities situated within the United States and across international waters. The AAAPI term is inclusive of many communities that span over 40 countries and significantly more cultures, customs, religions, traditions, languages, cuisines, and histories within one geographic region alone. This number is dynamic and continually shifting as AAAPI communities are ultimately tied with governance. In recognizing our AAAPI community, we honor all people who identify with the various Asian, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islander communities living within the United States and internationally. We recognize all individuals who trace their origins to these 40+ countries and geographic regions, not just for 31 days in May, but every day.
Across our community, faculty, staff, and students have come together to plan events to recognize our AAAPI communities. This year, our theme is: Building Community/Shifting the Narrative through visibility and awareness.
Our theme is about bringing visibility to the vast and distinct cultures within the AAAPI diaspora. Our theme is to make visible each of the unique and enriching narratives of all Asian identities as well as highlight our own AAAPI that is a significant part of our SAIC identity.
Our theme is also about raising awareness of the contributions and triumphs of AAAPI people in the face of xenophobia, discrimination, and anti-Asian sentiment. AAAPI communities have long faced hostility, racism, and violent crime before 2021. Heightened fears caused by misinformation around the COVID-19 pandemic has led to a documented increase in violence against people of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islands heritage. 2021's theme is about bringing awareness to the sharp rise in anti-Asian hate today and its long history so that we can disrupt the growth of anti-Asian sentiment and build a more equitable, inclusive, and anti-racist community.
See the calendar below for upcoming events recognizing Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Island Heritage, beginning April 19 through May 12. Subscribe to our calendar to get updates on these and future programs.
Chinese Mythology Make-up Competition
The theme of the competition is “Chinese Mythology”, a heritage of traditional culture in ancient China. Most of these mythologies were created based on people’s ideality of prehistoric social conditions as well as natural environments and were spread through imaginary supernatural characters and stories. Those characters all have distinct appearances and personalities, participants can create make-up looks on the subject of their imagination and research on the theme.
Participants may briefly introduce their concept of the look with 1-3 photos or a video of the look and send them to the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA)’s email, SAIC-CSSA@saic.edu
. The students will synchronize all works on the Instagram platform and create a google form for public voting. The five with the highest number of votes will win prizes.
Making Art in Community: We welcome students from our community, whether you formally or informally identify as Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander, to Making Art in Community: A Healing Space. This virtual space is a collective moment to check in and create art together.
This event is for SAIC students only. This same event for SAIC staff and faculty will be offered on Tuesday, May 4, 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM Central.
Making Art in Community: We welcome staff and faculty from our community, whether you formally or informally identify as Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander, to Making Art in Community: A Healing Space. This virtual space is a collective moment to check in and create art together.
This event is for SAIC staff and faculty only. This same event for SAIC students is offered on Friday, April 30, 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM.
Chinese Tradition Mythology Lecture - organized by Chinese Students and Scholars Association
Many Chinese myths come from different periods. Even though they all have mythological colors, it is undeniable that they also reflect some social and cultural backgrounds in different periods of China
The most famous myths are the well-known " The Classic of Mountains and Seas ", "Journey to the West" and "Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio". "The Classic of Mountains " talks about animals, plants and plants. "The Classic of Seas" is divided into three parts: domestic, overseas, and the Great Wilderness. The content belongs to the category of astronomy and geography, reflecting the world view of the ancient times. Everyone knows that “Sun Wukong” comes from the Chinese myth "Journey to the West". The book implies a lot of Taoism and Buddhism, as well as the political relationship of the time. "Strange Tales from a Chinese Studio" exposes the darkness of feudal rule and criticizes the corruption of the imperial examination system...
The purpose of this event is to allow everyone to enter the world of Chinese mythology. Therefore, we specially invited the lecturer Christian M Sheppard to take us to experience these magical and charming cultures.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice Bystander Intervention Training + Post-workshop Discussion
Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment are on the rise across the US -- and the world. In this virtual Zoom workshop sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice | Chicago, CAIR Chicago, and Hollaback!, you'll learn how you can intervene effectively as a bystander without compromising your safety.
This interactive training will teach you Hollaback!'s 5D's of bystander intervention methodology. We'll start by talking about the types of discrimination that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now - from microaggressions to violence. You'll then learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We'll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening.
Following this training we’ll break into smaller groups for reflection on how to relate this information in building a more inclusive campus culture that opposes racism.
Alum Artist Book Reading with Maggie (Yi Chun) Cheng - Dismantling Microaggressions
Maggie (Yi Chun) Cheng (BFA 2018) will lead a book reading from her 2018 photography collection. Maggie’s book, featured in the BFA Spring 2018 show, uses photo to depict her experiences around microaggressions with regards to her racial identity. Maggie’s work addresses racial stereotypes and the intersection with gender identity and cultural standards of beauty. Using this body of work, Maggie’s narrative is relatable, timely, and personal. Maggie’s story will serve as the backdrop for a larger conversation about how we can all dismantle microaggressions.
Rice Dumplings Tutorial
In many regions, rice dumplings are traditional foods eaten during the Dragon Boat festival on May 5 in the Chinese calendar. In honor of the Dragon Boat festival, the Chinese Students and Scholars Association (CSSA) is hosting a virtual tutorial for making and packing these traditional rice dumplings.
Korean Student Association (KSA) will be posting information & resources. Follow @saic_ksa
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