Celebrating Asian-Pacific Islander Week

BY CHRIS FRYMAN

For the fifth year in a row, the office of Multicultural Student Services will again host Asian-Pacific Islander Celebration Week to celebrate API heritage and shed light on some of the struggles and pressures experienced by people of Asian and Pacific Island descent.

During the week of April 13-16, several events will be held on campus to celebrate this unique, proud heritage, as well as examine the differences between the many Asian cultures.

According to a program representative Ben Paplham ’18, “API is trying to break down the stereotypes and expand peoples’ experiences with these cultures.”

API Week will consist of three days of events, beginning on Tuesday, April 14 with an API Kickoff, which will begin at 10:30 a.m. and include a sushi lunch and a few speakers present to talk about API.

The three-day celebration continues on Wednesday, April 15 with Film Study Day. At 6 p.m. in Cofrin Hall, API will show several segments of movies and TV shows to examine the role of Asians and Pacific Islanders in Hollywood. Popcorn, bubble tea and Vietnamese sandwiches will be served during the event.

API Week culminates on Thursday, April 16, when an Asian dinner will be served at 5 p.m. Along with the food, keynote speaker Benjamin Chan will speak and a local dance group will perform. Tickets to the dinner are $8 and will be sold during lunchtime beginning April 14until the day of the event. For more information on API Celebration Week, visit snc.edu/multicultural/api.html.

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