Celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander heritage at NAU

Asian and Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month is typically celebrated in May to commemorate the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander descendants in the United States. However, to commemorate the occasion without worrying about students and faculty being preoccupied with finals, NAU celebrates API Heritage Month during the month of April.

“AAPI month allows us to acknowledge the contributions and accomplishments of the AAPI communities in the United States and throughout the world,” said Precilla Cox, senior academic advisor for The W. A. Franke College of Business and faculty adviser for the Filipino American Student Association (FASA) and HAPA Hawaiian (HAPA) clubs.

Cox identifies with several communities celebrated during API month. As a Filipino-American who was born and raised in Hawai’i, being able to celebrate and share her culture, along with many others from the community, is one thing she finds “heartwarming.”

“Celebrating API month means so much to me because it allows our community to be heard and seen by everyone who takes part in events such as the Hapa Club’s 17th annual lūʻau and the Filipino American Student Association’s Culture Night. These events showcase traditional dances, songs and food since that is what brings people together!”

Getting involved with events celebrating people of Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage will help members of the NAU community educate themselves on all the different cultures that contribute to the diversity within the university.

“These events will help you gain a cultural understanding of what it means to be Indian, Filipino, Hawaiian and Chinese, just to name a few,” Cox said. “I hope that those participating in API heritage month events understand the impact that these different cultures have had on the United States and the vibrancy that we bring to our communities.”

As the adviser for FASA and HAPA, Cox noted how proud she is to see students develop and coordinate events with the help of a university that believes in these clubs’ missions to help share their culture with others.

“This month, let’s take some time to self-educate on the API community, learn a new word or phrase, try a new cuisine, watch a documentary about Asian American and Pacific Islander history, listen to podcasts or read books from the API community, support API-owned businesses and find an organization to donate to! When we further educate ourselves, take action and see something/say something, we become allies and know how to better support one another.”

Throughout April, NAU will celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander heritage with a variety of events hosted by the Office of Inclusion (IMQ) and Center for International Education. Through these events, NAU strives to honor the culture and diversity that encapsulates the Asian and Pacific Islander community.

Schedule of events:

April 7, 4-5 p.m.

Snack Swap

Join the Chinese Cultural Club to watch a Chinese drama while swapping your favorite snacks with others.

SBS Castro 241

April 7, 6-9 p.m.

Indian Film Night

Enjoy a double feature of Indian cinema. Soda and popcorn will be provided!

IMQ Center

April 8, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Holi: Festival of Colors

Sponsored by the Indian Association of Northern Arizona (IANA)

South Quad

April 8, 6 p.m.

Culture Night: LuzViMinda

Culture Night, a celebration of Filipino Culture through dance and food, is an annual show put on by the Filipino American Student Association of NAU. This year’s show is called ‘LuzViMinda,’ which is a combination of the three main islands: Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao. The show will travel through each island featuring different dances. Not only will we perform, but we will showcase a few other cultural clubs around campus. Reserve your tickets online.

du Bois Ballroom (doors open at 5 p.m., show begins at 6 p.m.)

April 11, noon to 1 p.m.

Ohana Means Familia

Come and learn the importance of familia between two dynamic cultures with fabulous guest panelists.

IMQ Center

April 14, 4-6 p.m.

Mahjong Tournament

The Chinese Cultural Club will host a mahjong (traditional Chinese game) tournament. All experience levels are welcome!

IMQ Center

April 15, 5-9 p.m.

NAU HAPA Club’s 17th Annual Lūa’u

NAU HAPA Club presents its 17th Annual Lū’au. This year’s celebration is called, “Aloha ‘Āina, Love of the Land.” Reserve your tickets for the Lūa’u online. Dinner is provided with reservation.

du Bois Ballroom (Doors open at 5 p.m., dinner at 5:30 p.m. and show begins at 6:30 p.m.)

April 20, 5:30 – 7 p.m.

API Heritage Month Guest Speaker: Jeanie Y. Chang, LMFT, CCTP of Noona’s Noonchi

Join IMQ as they welcome Jeanie Y. Chang, LMFT, CCTP, who will lead attendees into a deep dive of fan-favorite K-Dramas based on her mental health expertise. You can find more about Ms. Chang’s work at Noona’s Noonchi.

Refreshments will be provided. This event is in partnership with the Student Activities Council (STAC).

International Pavillion

April 28, 1-3 p.m.

PRIDE and API Louie’s Cupboard Cooking Demo and Special Distribution

Join the Office of Inclusion and Louie’s Cupboard for a special distribution in celebration of API Heritage Month and Pride Month. While supplies last, come pick up a grub box featuring a recipe by an LGBTQIA and API chef.

Lumberjack Care Center

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