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Indiana University kicks off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2013

Joon Park Student Leadership Experience Fund
IU kicks off 2013 observance of Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month on Tuesday FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2013

BLOOMINGTON, Ind. -- Cultural festivals, documentary film screenings and panel discussions are among the highlights for Indiana University's annual observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Last year's Holi celebration was a highlight of Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month. This year's event will begin at 4 p.m. on March 27 at Collins Living-Learning Center.
This year's celebration, "Examining the Meanings of Home," coordinated by the IU Asian Culture Center, will feature a series of events relating to issues facing Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.
Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month (formerly Asian Pacific American Heritage Month) is celebrated nationally in May to recognize the history and diverse cultures, and honor the contributions of Asians and Pacific-Islanders in the United States. The Asian Culture Center of IU celebrates during the month of April to accommodate the academic calendar.
"During this month, we will be creating a dialogue on how one defines home, in addition to the ironies inherent in trying to define it. One can feel a sense of belonging through cultural values and identity, but can also feel estrangement and isolation from their home," said Melanie Castillo-Cullather, director of the IU Asian Culture Center. "Join us in our attempts to define the meaning of home and learn about the importance of belonging. Explore the challenges of claiming a home or identity by participating in our activities throughout the month."
The month-long celebration was established as a national observance in May 1978, to commemorate both the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America and the completion of the transcontinental railroad by many Chinese laborers.
The Asian Culture Center will announce the launch of the Joon Park Leadership Experience Fund at an invitation-only reception Tuesday celebrating the opening of the Asian American Pacific Islanders Heritage Month.
With the exception of the opening reception, all events are free and open to the public.

Film screenings
- "Anna May Wong: In Her Own Words" presents a vivid picture of the first Chinese American movie star (1905-1961), and will be screened at 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, March 26, in the Dogwood Room of the Indiana Memorial Union, 900 E. Seventh St. Produced by Yunah Hong, it depicts Anna May Wong as both an architect and a victim of her times. The film had its world premiere at the Busan International Film Festival in Korea in October 2010, festival runs in the United States and Asia, and is scheduled to be broadcast on PBS Plus in May during the national observance of Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month. The filmmaker will be in attendance to introduce the film and will be available for a Q&A session after the film showing. The event is being hosted by the IU Asian American Studies Program.
- The film, "Danny in North Korea," will be screened at IU Cinema at 4:30 p.m. on April 4, and presented in collaboration with Liberty in North Korea and Oxfam of IU. It follows Danny, one of thousands of North Koreans who make the dangerous journey across the border to escape oppression and poverty. In March of 2005, he left his country in search for his mother who promised to return home once she found food and made money. After five months of waiting, Danny fled into China to find her. As Danny traveled through China, he saw a world he never knew existed. A world where information was not entirely controlled by the government. He had access to world events, and most importantly at the time, food. With this new perspective, Danny wanted a new life. He escaped China in hopes to resettle in the United States, where he arrived in 2007. There will be an informal discussion following the screening.
- The documentary "Tokyo Ainu" will be shown at 5:30 p.m. on April 12 in room 150 of the Student Building. The film focuses on the Ainu, an indigenous people of Japan, who are active in practicing and promoting their traditional cultures in a metropolitan environment away from their traditional homeland. Shedding a common assumption that all Ainu live in Hokkaido, the film captures the feelings, thoughts and aspirations of Ainu people who try to follow the Ainu way of life no matter where they live. A question and answer session on the documentary and more broadly on indigenous Ainu culture and people will be facilitated after the show.

Exhibits
- Shu-Mei Chan's Art Exhibit and Reception: Zhua Jin Shijian / Grasp Tight Time, begins at 5 p.m. on April 17 at the IU Asian Culture Center, 807 E. 10th St. Born in Hong Kong and raised in New Jersey, Shu-Mei Chan is a clay-based installation artist who thinks of herself as a gatherer of moments. She has exhibited works in major cities across the United States and abroad. Chan received a master of fine arts degree in ceramics from IU Bloomington in 2008 and has a bachelor of arts degree in studio arts from Wesleyan University. The installation on display is inspired by a Chinese idiom that her mother used to hasten her children on chore days and is in homage to the ever-evasive "Dust Bunny."
- "Art and Storytelling: Showcasing Representations of Ganesh, Buddha, and Shotoku Taishi," from 4 to 6 p.m. on April 9 at the IU Art Museum, 1133 E. 7th St. This event will feature a viewing of several religious and cultural pieces, followed by storytelling performed by members of the Bloomington Storytellers' Guild at the atrium. A light reception will be served following the program.

Festivals
- On Wednesday, March 27 at 4 p.m., Asian Cultures Around Campus will present "Holi Festival," co-sponsored by Collins Living-Learning Center, Dhar India Studies Program, and the Indian Student Association. It will take place in the courtyard of Collins Living-Learning Center and will include a color fight near the end of the program, from 5:30 to 6 p.m.
- Holi, one of the most festive holidays in India, is commonly known as a festival of colors, Holi is a day to dance, eat delicious food, and throw colored powder to symbolize the coming of spring and the bringing of good harvests. Holi typically falls on the day after the first full moon in the month of March and is an occasion for celebration and fun.
- Southeast Asia Night will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, March 30, in Willkie Auditorium, 150 N. Rose St. A collaboration among the Filipino, Indonesian, Malaysian, Singaporean, Thai, and Vietnamese Student Associations, Southeast Asian Night will exhibit various Southeast Asian cultural heritage to the Bloomington community. It will feature traditional performances and food from the region.
- Taste of Asia, the Asian American Association's biggest event of the spring semester, will begin at 5:30 p.m. on April 12 at the IU Auditorium. Highlights include a showcase of cultural and modern Asian American performances from students and local talents in addition to a sampling of Bloomington's finest Asian cuisine.
- Asianfest will be from 10 a.m. to noon on April 27 at the Bloomington Farmers Market, 401 N. Morton St., and is co-sponsored by the City of Bloomington's Safe and Civil Program and the Bloomington Farmers' Market. Diversity within Asian cultures will be on display through cultural performances, art crafts, and activities such as chopstick challenge, calligraphy, henna, and many more. Cooking demonstration also will show traditional Asian dishes are prepared. In case of rain, the event will be held indoors at the Showers City Hall Atrium.
A range of other programs is also planned. More information about all 2013 Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month events is available at the Asian Culture Center website.
The sponsors and participating organizations for 2013 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and its events include the Asian American Studies Program, Dhar India Studies Program, IU Student Association, Collins Living-Learning Center, IU Cinema, the IU Art Museum, IU Mathers Museum, Bloomington Farmers Market, City of Bloomington's Safe and Civil Program, Liberty In North Korea, Asian American Association, Asian Graduate Student Association, Filipino Student Association, Indian Student Association, Indonesian Student Association, Malaysian Student Association, Singapore Student Association, Thailand Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association, Oxfam of IU and Los Musicos de Alfanso.

2012 APAHM Events
Opening Lunch Reception for the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Date: Thursday, March 29
Time: 12:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m.
Venue: Neal Marshall Black Culture Center, Grand Hall (By Invitation only)

ACC's Over a Cup of Tea and School of Journalism present Andrew Lam, author, journalist and cofounder of New America Media
Topic: Writing in Two Hemispheres
Date: Thursday, March 29
Time: 5:30 pm
Venue: School of Journalism Auditorium
Description: Andrew Lam is the author of East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres and Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora. For eight years, he was a regular commentator on NPR's "All Things Considered." An editor with New America Media, the nation's largest association of ethnic media, Lam has contributed essays to dozens of newspapers across the country, including the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the San Francisco Chronicle, the Baltimore Sun, the Atlanta Journal, and the Chicago Tribune. His third book, Birds of Paradise, a short story collection, is due out in 2013. He is currently working on a novel. In his talk, Andrew Lam will discuss what it takes to carve out a writing career in the 21st century. He will share the experience gained from a writing life that ranges from writing books to doing radio commentaries, from organizing and editing websites to freelancing, getting fellowships and reporting news in a multimedia world. Most of all he'll be talking about how a Vietnamese refugee became an American writer and found a passion for literary journalism and writing stories that matter. His presentation will include readings from Perfume Dreams: Reflections on the Vietnamese Diaspora and East Eats West: Writing in Two Hemispheres.

April 2012
Asian American Film Series at IU Cinema
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Special Guest: Tad Nakamura will be in attendance to present his three short films and answer questions after the film showing.
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Venue: IU Cinema
Time: 6:30 p.m.

1. Yellow Brotherhood (2003)
Dir. Tadashi Nakamura
TRT 18 minutes
YELLOW BROTHERHOOD is a short personal documentary about a friendship and finding community through a self-help group turned basketball team that began in the 1960s. Filmmaker Tad Nakamura met Brett and Khi-Min when they were six years old on a community basketball team called the 'Venice YB'. As Tad says in the film, 'We didn't know what YB stood for and we really didn't care - all we cared about was having fun.' As they grew, they learned that YB stood for 'Yellow Brotherhood', a self-help group formed by a gang called 'The Ministers' to help youth get off drugs. Only later did they realize how the tradition of Yellow Brotherhood's dedication to personal and political development helped them through their own problems and empowered them to carry on its legacy of creating and serving community. Features never-before-seen stills and footage of Los Angeles' Japanese American community in the 1960s and 1970s.

2. Pilgrimage (2003)
Dir. Tadashi Nakamura
TRT 22 minutes
PILGRIMAGE tells the inspiring story of how an abandoned WWII concentration camp for Japanese Americans has been transformed into a symbol of retrospection and solidarity for people of all ages, races and nationalities in our post 9/11 world. With a hip music track, never-before-seen archival footage and a story-telling style that features young and old, PILGRIMAGE reveals how the Japanese American community reclaimed a national experience that had almost been deleted from public understanding. PILGRIMAGE shows how the annual Manzanar Pilgrimage now has new meaning for diverse generations who realize that when the US government herded thousands of innocent Americans into what the government itself called concentration camps, it was failure of democracy that would affect all Americans.

3. A Song For Ourselves (2009)
Dir. Tadashi Nakamura
TRT 35 minutes
A SONG FOR OURSELVES is an intimate journey into the life and music of Asian American Movement troubadour Chris Iijima. Struggling to make sense of their father's early death, his teenage sons learn that during the 1970s when Asians in America were still considered "Orientals," Chris' music and passion for social justice helped provide the voice and identity an entire generation had been in search of. Through animated photographs, intimate home movies, archival footage of Chris' introduction to nationwide television by John Lennon and Chris' own songs, their father�s life takes on bigger meaning than they had ever dreamed of.

Asian American Film Series: Two Films by Deann Borshay
Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Venue: IU Cinema
Time: 7:00 p.m.

1. First Person Plural (2000)
Dir. Deann Borshay Liem
TRT 60 minutes
In 1966, Deann Borshay Liem was adopted by an American family and was sentfrom Korea to her new home. Growing up in California, the memory of her birth family was nearly obliterated until recurring dreams lead Deann to discover the truth: her Korean mother was very much alive. Bravely uniting her biological and adoptive families, Deann's heartfelt journey makes First Person Plural a poignant essay on family, loss, and the reconciling of two identities. First Person Plural was an official selection of the Sundance Festival in 2000 and the winner of multiple awards, including an Emmy nomination for Liem for Best Director.

2. In the Matter of Cha Jung Hee (2010)
Dir. Deann Borshay Liem
TRT 62 minutes (theatrical version); 51 minutes (educational version)
Her passport said she was Cha Jung Hee. She knew she was not. So began a 40-year deception for a Korean adoptee who came to the US in 1966. Told to keep her true identity a secret from her new American family, this eight-year-old girl quickly forgot she was ever anyone else. But why had her identity been switched? And who was the real Cha Jung Hee? IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE is the search to find the answers. It follows acclaimed filmmaker Deann Borshay Liem as she returns to her native Korea to find her "double," the mysterious girl whose place she took in America. Traversing the landscapes of memory, amnesia and identity, while also uncovering layers of deception in her adoption, this moving and provocative film probes the ethics of international adoptions and reveals the cost of living a lie. Part mystery, part personal odyssey, it raises fundamental questions about who we are�and who we could be but for the hands of fate


Remembering the Heritage of the Filipino United Farm Workers
Talk by: Aide Acosta, Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of American Studies and Latino Studies Program.
Date: April 4, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: La Casa (715 E. 7th Street)
Description: During the summer of 1965, Filipino agricultural laborers went on strike in the Coachella Valley of California. Upon seeing the success of the Coachella strike, Filipino organizers shifted their focus to Delano, California. By September 1965, Mexican and Filipino union organizers consolidated their organizing strategies under the National Farm Worker Association (NFWA), later known as the United Farm Workers (UFW). It was the struggle in the fields that would have the greatest impact for both Chicanas/os and Filipino-Americans during the civil rights movement. Many of us may have heard of C�sar Ch�vez and Dolores Huerta. But few know of the efforts by Filipino activist like Andy Imutan, Larry Itliong, Philip Vera Cruz and Pete Velasco. Join us in a discussion of the possibilities and fragileness of multiracial solidarities as we remember and celebrate the various heroes in the fight for labor and civil rights.


Leadership at Lunch - Caught Between Two Cultures
Date: April 6
Time: 12-1pm
Venue: La Casa Latino Cultural Center
Second generation Asians are often "caught between two cultures," those of their parents, which stresses conventional academics and home-country culture, and that which is more "American," with its emphasis on creativity, independence and individuality. Discussion will focus on the challenges and joys of living in this dual culture environment, and possibly gain insights from the member of the audience. Free lunch but must RSVP to lacasa@indiana.edu. Discussion Facilitator: Babita Upadhyay, Office of Multicultural Initiatives. Co-sponsored by La Casa and Office of 21st Century Scholars.

Taste of Asia by Asian American Association
Date: Friday, April 6
Time: 5:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Venue: IU Auditorium.
Description: Taste of Asia is Asian American Association's largest event of the spring semester. Highlights of the program include a showcase of cultural and modern Asian American performances from students and local talents in addition to a sampling of Bloomington's finest Asian cuisine. The show is open to the public. Admission is free! Email aaa@indiana.edu for more info.

Asian Cultures Around Campus featuring Calligraphy Lessons
Date: April 6 and 13
Time: 4:30 to 6 p.m.
Description: Asian Cultures around Campus is an on-going series of performances and/or instructional demonstrations featuring student talents as well as homegrown and renowned artists outside of Bloomington. Through these performances and demonstrations, the Asian Culture Center endeavors to bring the Asian cultures closer to the university and Bloomington communities. Admission is free and everyone is welcome.

Asian Cultures Around Campus featuring Free Henna Lessons 101
Dates: Mondays on April 2, 9, 16, and 23
Venue: Asian Culture Center, 807 E. 10th Street
Time: 5 to 6:30 p.m.
Come to the ACC to learn the ancient Indian art of henna designs. You will have hands on experience, as well as learn basic techniques and designs. Please feel free to bring your friends.

Southeast Asian Night
Date: Saturday, April 7
Time: 7:00 pm
Venue: Wilkie Auditorium
Description: Southeast Asia (SEA) Night will expose guests to cultures 24 hours away by plane through Southeast Asian cultural displays, performances and food on April 7, 2012, at the Willkie Auditorium starting at 7 p.m

Asian Heritage at Forest:
"History of the Soul"
Date: Monday April 9th
Time: 6pm-7:30pm
Location: The Map Room at Forest dorm
Description: Take a break from your stress-filled lives and come to the Woods to partake in yoga, meditation, and a tea-tasting.

"History of War" - Movie night at Forest!
Date: Wednesday April 11th
Time: 8:30pm - 10:30pm
Location: The Map Room in the Forest Center Building
Description: We'll be showing IP Man - A semi-biographical account of Yip Man, the first martial arts master to teach the Chinese martial art of Wing Chun.

Screening and Movie Review of "Memoirs of Geisha" Date: Thursday, April 12
Time: 7:15pm-9:30pm
Venue: Wright Quad, Formal Lounge
Description: In 1929 an impoverished nine-year-old named Chiyo from a fishing village is sold to a geisha house in Kyoto's Gion district and subjected to cruel treatment from the owners and the head geisha Hatsumomo. Her stunning beauty attracts the vindictive jealousy of Hatsumomo, until she is rescued by and taken under the wing of Hatsumomo's bitter rival, Mameha. Under Mameha's mentorship, Chiyo becomes the geisha named Sayuri, trained in all the artistic and social skills a geisha must master in order to survive in her society. As a renowned geisha she enters a society of wealth, privilege, and political intrigue. As World War II looms Japan and the geisha's world are forever changed by the onslaught of history. Discussion over free dinner will follow after the screening. This event is hosted by CommUnity Education Program at Wright Quad.

Friday Noon Concert Series
Date: Friday, April 13th
Time: 12:00-1:00 p.m
Venue: Leo Dowling International Center
Performer: Vocalist, Yasuhiko Harada from Japan.
The Friday Noon Concert Series provides an opportunity for students, faculty, staff, and the community to take a lunch break while enjoying beautiful music performed by students from the Jacobs School of Music at the International Center. You are cordially invited to join us for this enjoyable event. A light lunch will follow the concert. Hope you can join us!

Public talk by Jae Rhim Lee
Date: Saturday, April 14
Time: 4-6pm
Location: Fine Arts Room 015
Description: Jae Rhim Lee is an Asian-American visual artist, designer, and researcher whose work proposes unorthodox relationships between the mind/body/self and the built and natural environment. His talk will explore the themes of sustainability, transdisciplinary research-based art, and death.

Asian American Film Series: "Today's Special"
Sunday, April 15, 2012
Venue: IU Cinema
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Reviewed for IBN Live by Akanksha Banerji: David Kaplan's forthcoming film, Today's Special is written by Indian American Aasif Mandvi, who also plays the lead role of, Samir - a French sous chef who ends up at his dad's Indian restaurant. Actor/Writer Aasif Mandvi says, "It's a story of Samir, an Indian American, who dreams of becoming a French chef. He is about to go to France, when his father has a heart attack. As a result, he is forced to look after his father's Indian restaurant in Jackson Heights. Throughout his journey back to the cuisine of his culture," Samir finds himself surrounded by masalas instead of wine and cheese. Problem is that, he doesn't know anything about Indian food. In comes Akbar, played by Naseeruddin Shah- a taxi driver and a gourmet chef. The result is some sweet and sour lessons of life and lots of mouthwatering food.

Legends of Kabuki: Tragic Heroes, Doomed Lovers, and Stories of Revenge


Date: April 18
Time: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Venue: IUMuseum of Fine Arts
Description: On the occasion of the Japanese woodblock print installation, Legends of Kabuki: Tragic Heroes, Doomed Lovers, and Stories of Revenge, the IUAM Education Department, in partnership with the IU Asian Culture Center, will present an in-gallery program featuring IUAM graduate assistant Lesley Ham, who curated the installation, "in conversation," with IU graduate student and Japanese traditional performing artist Monica Ham. Lesley will provide the historical narrative and stories behind each print, while Monica will highlight the stories with demonstrations of Kabuki song and dance. A light reception will follow. Co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Council

Linen weaving of things past:"An ink painting exhibition of Chinese artist Pu YueRu"
Date: April 19, 2012
Time: 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.
Location: ACC, 807 East Tenth Street
Description: The ACC will host a collection of ink paintings by artist Pu YueRu. Born in a small village of WuJi county, HeBei province, P.R.China in 1954, she spent forty years farming, sewing, weaving, and painting in the village, but now works in her studio in a suburb of Beijing. Her paintings nostalgically depict traditional lives in China, recalling a self-sustained, harmonious, and happy paradise of human life. This will be Pu YueRu�s first solo show in the United States.

Annual Recognition Banquet
Hosted by Asian Culture Center
By invitation only.

AsianFest at the Farmers' Market
Sponsored by Asian Culture Center in partnership with the City of Bloomington's Safe and Civil City Program and Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department
Date: Saturday, April 28
Time: 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon
Location: Showers City Hall Atrium and Outdoor Stage area, in conjunction with the Farmers' Market. Come and enjoy the diversity within Asian cultures through cultural performances, art crafts, cultural activities & games such as Skittles chopstick challenge, calligraphy, henna, and many more. Have a taste of traditional Asian dishes at the cooking demonstration. For more information, please email acc@indiana.edu.
2010 APAHM Events

Keynote Lecture by Richard Lui, CNN Newscaster
Hosted by IU School of Journalism, Asian American Studies Program and IU Asian Culture Center’s Over a Cup of Tea
Date: April 6, 2010 (Tuesday)
Time: 7 p.m.
Venue: School of Journalism Auditorium, Rm 220

APA Heritage Month Opening Lunch Reception and Announcement of Winners for the Annual Writing Contest
Date: April 7, 2010
Time: 12 noon - 1:30 pm
Venue: Grand Hall, Neal Marshall Black Culture Center By invitation only.

Asian Cultures Around Campus featuring Calligraphy Lessons
Date: Every Tuesday, April 6, 13, 20, 27
Time: 5:30 - 7 pm

ACC’s Monday Table Topic presents "Images of China, A Cultural Kaleidoscope”
By Xin Fan, Doctoral Student, History Department, IUB
Date: Monday, April 12, 2010
Time: 12 noon - 1 pm
Venue: Asian Culture Center, 807 E. 10th Street

Asian Cultures Around Campus featuring Free Henna Lessons 101
Dates: Mondays on April 12 and 26, 2010
Time: 5 - 6:30 pm
Venue: Asian Culture Center, 807 E. 10th Street

Taste of Asia by Asian American Association
Date: Friday, April 16, 2010
Time: 6 pm
Venue: IU Auditorium. Free and open to the public

Asian Undocumented Students, the Neglected Dreamers
Date: Friday, April 16, 2010
Time: 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Venue: Hutton Honors Great Room, 811 E. 7th Street (across Indiana Memorial Union Bldg)

Chinese Landscape Painting and Landscapes in Our Own Backyards Children’s Art Contest
With support from Felix Chen Memorial Fund

Presentation:"Beyond Chopsticks: A Crash Course on Intercultural Relations”
Presented by Union Board and Asian Culture Center
Date: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Time: 7 pm - 9 pm
Venue: Grand Hall, Neal Marshal Black Culture Center

Workshop on Energy Saving Cookware
Co-sponsored by Food Studies Concentration in the Anthropology Dept
Date: Arpil 22, 2010
Time: 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Venue: Front Lawn, Asian Culture Center, 807 E. 10th Street

Annual Recognition Banquet
Hosted by IU Asian Alumni Association, Asian Culture Center
Date: Friday, April 30, 2010
Time: 7 pm
Venue: Virgil T. DeVault Alumni, 1000 E. 17th Street By invitation only

AsianFest at the Farmers’ Market
Sponsored by Asian Culture Center in partnership with the City of Bloomington’s Safe and Civil City Program and Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department
Date: Saturday, May 1, 2010
Time: 10:00 am to 12 noon

State of Asian Pacific American House Party 2010 and a Conference Call with White House's Kalpen Modi (aka actor Kal Penn)
Date: Sunday, May 2, 2010
Time: 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Venue: IU Asian Culture Center, 807 E. 10th Street

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