BY HANNAH KESTLY
The fourth annual Asian Pacific Islander Celebration Week will take place on April 7 through April 11 at St. Norbert College.
The Asian Pacific Islander Celebration (API Celebration) is an organization of students intent on challenging the social restraints and stereotypes to which Asians and Pacific Islanders have been subject to during their integration into America and the Western World.
The upcoming week of events is set to kick off on Monday, April 7 with Polynesian dance and “The Rhythms of Polynesia.” Students and the campus community are invited to come watch performances of Pacific Islander dances, including the haka, from 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Campus Center.
On Wednesday, April 9, a film discussion will be held in the Cassandra Voss Center from 7:00-8:00 p.m. on “Orientography: America’s Tertiary Minority in Film.” The API hopes to encourage more academic and intellectual conversation during this evening.
The week’s celebrations will conclude with a dinner celebration on Friday, April 11, in Michels Ballroom from 4:00-5:30 p.m. The dinner will feature keynote speaker Hung Nguyen and the dance group Nkauj Hmoob Hli Nra (The Full Moon Girls).
Students are welcomed to come and enjoy a buffet style selection of cuisine from around Asia. Tickets for the Asian-Pacific Islander Dinner cost $8 and can be purchased in the LSE Office; meal dollars are accepted.
The 2014 API Celebration Week is being coordinated by co-chairs Kaojoua Vang and Will Paplham, with supervising assistance from Brittany Bell.
“In addition to our celebration of entertainment, academics and culture, this year’s goal is to expand our exposure within campus and encourage larger conversation,” said Will Paplham ’15. “We want to continue to change the stereotypical view of Asians and Pacific Islanders and show that they are different and celebrate our cultural diversity.”
For more information visit http://www.snc.edu/multicultural/api.html.