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!



Book Talk with Stanford U Professor Stephen Murphy-Shigematsu!


Friday, May 3, 2013 from 12:00pm to 1:00pm
Presentation Room of UCLA’s Charles E. Young Research Library (Room 11348)

Stanford University Stephen Murphy-Shingetsu will come to UCLA to examine mixed race Asian American experiences  using his personal journey of identity, exploration, and diversity of his diverse roots.

Refreshments will be served.

Hosted by the Aratani Endowed Chair, Asian American Studies Center at UCLA, and the UCLA Library. Co-sponsored by the Asian American Studies Department, Mixed Student Union, the Asian Pacific Coalition, and Nikkei Student Union at UCLA.




Come join the Mixed Student Union for their first annual Mixed Heritage Conference at UCLA this Saturday, April 20th, from 9:00 am to 5pm! Check-in starts at 8:30 am!

The conference consists of a series of workshops that focus on the Mixed Experience. Each workshop, led by the directors of MSU, focuses on a different aspect of our multiethnic and multicultural society.
The conference is open to the general public, and we strongly encourage all from inside and outside the UCLA community to attend. Breakfast and lunch will be provided, and everyone is welcome to go out to dinner in Westwood with MSU after the conference.
Below is the schedule for the conference and a list of the workshops being offered. If you have any questions, please contact us at mixedstudentunionucla@gmail.com
We hope to see you there!

8:30-9:30 Breakfast/Introductions
10:00-11:15 Workshop 1 & 2
11:30-12:45 Workshop 3 & 4
1:00-2:00 Lunch
2:30-3:45 Workshop 5 & 6
4:00-4:30 Keynote Speaker
5:00 Dinner with MSU in Westwood

1)Ambiguous Appearance
2)Transnational and Trans-racial Adoptees

3)Mixed Mindsets: How different aspects of the mixed experience can be viewed as advantages or disadvantages
4)Development of mixed race identity in college

5)Amerasians – The Unintended Consequences of US Military Presence In The World
6)The Color behind Colorblind: Is Colorblind the right answer


APA-UCLA is proud to announce that the 2013 APA-UCLA Scholarship selection process has begun.  Over $22,000 in scholarships are available to current UCLA undergraduate and graduate students.  Each year, APA-UCLA is proud to honor many qualified young women and men with APA-UCLA scholarships.

New to 2013 is the Charlie Woo Scholarship.  This Scholarship has been graciously provided by Charlie Woo ’72 M.S. ’75 to recognize both undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrate academic success, dedication to the community, and financial need.

Other awards include:

  • APA-UCLA Excellence in Community Service Award
  • APA-UCLA Sam Law Memorial Excellence in Student Leadership Award
  • UCLA Korean Alumni Association Award
  • Sho Iino Accounting Scholarship

Please note that the application due date has been extended to April 26, 2013. Submission instructions and scholarship guidelines are included in the application form.

If you have any questions, please contact any of the APA-UCLA Scholarship Committee Members:

  • Christy Sakamoto – christy.sakamoto@gmail.com
  • Viet Bui – viet.tuan.bui@gmail.com

DUE DATE EXTENDED – Applications are now due April 26, 2013.

2013 APA UCLA Scholarship Application – Contains scholarship application guidelines, requirements, and submission instructions.

Celebrate Professor Camacho’s Tenure!

Professor Keith Camacho in the Asian American Studies was granted tenure at UCLA’s Asian American Studies Program! For the Pacific Islander community, this is huge!!

In honor of Professor Camacho’s tenure, we are celebrating with a party on Thursday, from 6-8pm in Student Activities Basement Room 4. Please come join us, and sign up to bring food here at the Google Doc: 


You can check out the Facebook event here: https://www.facebook.com/events/273596189440050/?ref=2 !

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