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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:

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:


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 .

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!



Southeast Asian Intercollegiate Summit [Applications DUE NOV.25th]

Hey fellow SEA students! The application for this summit is due in a couple of days, so get on it. It’s a great opportunity to meet fellow SEAs and network.

WHAT: A gathering of college students and/or young professionals who are community leaders and activists organizing on behalf of advancing Southeast Asian communities in the United States.

WHO: College students and/or young professionals from:
–Various regions of California (but also open to out-of-state participants)
–Various educational institutions: community colleges, state colleges, state universities, private schools, etc.
–Various ethnic communities: Khmer, Hmong, Lao, Mien, Vietnamese, etc.

WHEN: Friday, 13 January 2012 to Sunday, 15 January 2012

WHERE: UC San Diego campus

Some goals we’d like to accomplish are:

–Provide a space to share and update knowledge about Southeast Asians on college campuses and in our respective regions
–Develop a network of college students and organizers in the community
–Discuss issues and “problems” in our community
–Work together on an action plan to tackle some of these issues

Applications are due November 25th. Please go here to apply.

For more information, questions, or opportunities to help/contribute, please email:

West Coast API Student Coalition Town Hall [TOMORROW, 7-9 PM]

Hello Community!

The Students of Color Conference was this past weekend and a lot of us were able to meet up with other campuses with amazing API organizers who are doing a lot of great work in the community.

The highlight of this was an open caucus for the WEST COAST API STUDENT COALITION.

This coalition is meant to be a space where campuses all over the West Coast can share what kind of Asian Pacific Islander organizing work they are doing, how we can support each other, etc. A similar coalition was formed back several decades ago and was attempted to be revived in ’07 (Asian Pacific Student Union).

While we’d like to see this coalition up and running as soon as possible, it’s not going to happen without you! All campuses are starting from scratch in terms of approaching the coalition so we’ll need your help to get a diverse number of opinions from UCLA APIA people and leaders.

Here are some of the questions that we will be bringing up (and of course, we will be debriefing you all about the discussions that took place at SOCC as well as the open caucus regarding the coalition):

Vision Statement
–What do you want this coalition for? Where do you want it to go? How do you want to word this coalition’s vision?

Who to Engage in Coalition
–What does “West Coast” mean? What communities are absent from this space? How do we outreach to them?

–How do you want this space to be organized? What does leadership look like? How will these coalition be institutionalized in our organizations?

Potentiality of API Conference
–What would you want from this conference? How will this conference benefit our campus and organization? What things should be addressed? Where would be the best place to hold this conference?

Come kick it with us at the town hall NEXT MONDAY, November 21, at 7PM at Campbell 3221.

This will be a time to input your ideas for what the coalition would look like, share concerns you have, ask questions, etc. This coalition will not be possible without your help so…

EVERYONE is welcome!


Pilipino American History Month

Pilipino American History Month is coming up, and to celebrate it, here are a couple of events that you can (and should) go out to. All events are free!

Halu-Halong Karanasan (Mixed Experiences):  A Pilipino Film Festival
  • When: Oct 13 (7-10pm) and Oct 14 (7-9pm)
  • Where: Lenart Auditorium, Fowler Museum
  • What:  The first ever Pilipino Film Festival held on campus feature student films, Community PSA’s, documentaries, and feature films including critically acclaimed, The Debut, wherein UCLA alumni and faculty are a part of.  (Student Films relating to the Pilipino Culture are currently being accepted!)
Empowerment: An Exhibition of Pilipino American Strength
  • When: Oct 20 (6-9pm)
  • Where: Kerckhoff Art Gallery
  • What:  A 2-week art gallery showcasing the strengths of the Pilipin@/Pilipin@ American community
PAHM on the Hill: Living Museum
  • When: Either Oct 26 or Oct 27, (6-8pm)
  • Where: One of the De Neve rooms
  • What:  Prominent historical Pilipin@/Pilipin@ American figures coming to life on the Hill!  A night with the different Pilipino organizations on campus offering historical and cultural education.
Samahang Modern Performance
  • When: Oct 15, after 7pm
  • Where: Search to Involve Pilipino Americans (P-town)
  • What:  Samahang Modern will have a performance at P-town’s PAHM event.