The month of May was officially declared Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in 1978, after many historic Asian American events that occured in May, such as the first arrival of Japanese immigrants on May 7th 1843 as well as contribution of Chinese laborers building the transcontinental railroad on May 10th 1869.

To continue celebrating the history, diversity, and current achievements of the Asian American and Pacific Islanders today, Asian Pacific Coalition, Office of Residential Life, and On Campus Housing Council present to you six major events all happening during this month of May!


Dinner with 12 AAPI Strangers

The dinner is on May 1, from 6-8pm, in Covel Grand Horizon.

Celebrate the beginning of AAPIHM with a pan-Asian dinner, featuring food from Feast from Rieber! Our full list of guests:

Our full list of guests are:
– solo performer KRISTINA WONG, also our keynote
– East Area Director MIKE FONG
– community theater artist ALISON DE LA CRUZ
– community engagement coordinator LINDA LAM
– Masters candidate LAI WA WU
– postdoc cancer researcher GINA CHU
– Director of Field Education at CSU Dominguez Hills SUSAN NAKAOKA
– web design to UCLA Volunteer Center ALESHA UNPINGCO
– User Experience Designer EVA KANG
– Director of Queer Justice Fund ALICE Y. HOM
– CEO of the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center LESLIE ITO

On May 9, we’ll have a special conference panel: “Talk, Not Taboo: Opening conversations about Mental Health in the AAPI community“!

SWC Active Minds and the Asian Pacific Coalition come together to open dialogue about mental health issues in the Asian Pacific Islander community at UCLA. We are presenting a panel discussion with API students, Counseling and Psychological Services therapists, and director of At the Laundromat, Vanessa Yee.

“Talk, not Taboo” will be on May 9, from 5-7pm, in CAPS Large Conference Room!


The week of May 13 to May 17, we’ll be holding a special MEDIA WEEK, in celebration of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders representing themselves in the media!


On May 13, from 6-8pm, in Bradley International A/B, APC, ORL, and OCHC will be holding a special screening of White Frog (2012), directed by Quentin Lee.

The screening is free, and light refreshments will be served. 

RSVP preferred. RSVP here through ORL: https://www.orl.ucla.edu/signup/jags

Summary from Wikipedia:

“Nick Young (Booboo Stewart) is a high school freshman struggling with Asperger’s Syndrome who idolizes his perfect older brother Chaz Young (Harry Shum Jr.). His brother dies when riding his bike on the highway, a group of guys were driving recklessly. Nick’s friends attend the funeral and help him get through his loss. Randy tells Nick how his brother spent, “his whole life trying to keep up this lie that you were a perfect family.” Chaz had a secret dream, he went to a “community center” and he wanted to be a dancer.”


On May 15, from 6-8pm, in De Neve Auditorium, we will be holding “Yellowface & YOMYOMF”!

David Henry Hwang and YOMYOMF (headed by Justin Lin) are coming to UCLA for a two hour panel and short screening of Yellowface, directed by Jeff Liu, an adaptation of David Henry Hwang’s play by the same name. Our other esteemed guests will be Chester See (Youtube), Lana McKissacK (Youtube), Phil Chung (Head of Development at YOMYOMF). Dom Magwili will be MCing this great event.

RSVP preferred. Here: https://www.orl.ucla.edu/signup/xfzn


On May 17, from 6-8pm, in Rieber Fireside Lounge, we will be holding, “They said WHAT?! – a media consumer panel”!

Angryasianman (Phil Yu), DISGRASIAN (Jen Wang), Racebending (Marissa Lee), Professor L. S. Kim from UCSC, and UCLA’s very own Professor Tajima-Pena (Who Killed Vincent Chin? and professor of Ethnocommunications) will discuss cultural critique in a small, intimate panel. Come out and learn how to represent ourselves through blogging and documentary in this great panel line-up.

The event is FREE!

RSVP preferred! Please RSVP at https://www.orl.ucla.edu/signup/zrxf .

On May 30, Asian Pacific Coalition, Office of Residential Life, and On Campus Housing Council will close out the night with TUESDAY NIGHT CAFE! in Sunset Village Plaza, from 6-8:30pm!

Tuesday Night Café, an Asian American/Pacific Islander performance arts group, comes to UCLA! TNC will bring and showcase the talents of local API artists ranging from spoken word to monologues. In addition to these performances, UCLA student artists will be invited to partake in a workshop to develop their own voices.

Our guests are:
– Singer Connie Lim
– DJ Skim
– Erin O’Brien
– stand up comedian Kyle Mizono
– spoken word artists Audrey Ko and Traci

Come out and celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with us!

Our full list of events, including our member orgs’ events, can be seen in the following postcard!