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Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month 2022

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Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment
Thursday, April 7, 2022 | 5:00pm-6:30pm | Zoom
Register at:
bit.ly/apida_bystander_session1

From March 19, 2020 to December 31, 2021, a total of 10,905 hate incidents against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons were reported to Stop AAPI Hate. Almost half of all hate incidents took place in public spaces - in public streets, public transit, and public parks with hate incidents reported by women making up 61.8% of all reports and verbal harassment continuing to be the biggest share of total incidents reported. Take a stand and find out what you can do to safely intervene should you witness something. In partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Right to Be has adapted their free training to support the Asian/American and Pacific Islander community.

This 75 minute-long, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!'s 5D's of bystander intervention methodology. The training will be in English with English/Thai Language on screen and Thai language in translation (optional for participants). We'll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now - from microaggressions to violence - using a tool we call the "spectrum of disrespect." You'll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We'll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We'll have time at the end for practice, and you'll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person.

This training may not be ADA compliant. Questions about the online training should be directed to Right to Be.


Pacific Islander dancing

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Cultural Festival | A Tukwut Life Event
Friday, April 8, 2022 | 6:00pm-8:00pm | USU Amphitheater/Forum Plaza
The Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Cultural Festival is a celebration of cultures that are a part of Asia, Southeast, and South Asia and kicks off APIDA Heritage Month at CSUSM. Performances are occurring throughout the evening from groups like the Kamalayan Alliance, alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Alpha Psi Rho, and many others. Participants will learn more about the APIDA community through cultural exchange and tables that will provide culturally relevant information. Food is provided by L&L Hawaiian Barbecue. This event is a part of the Tukwut Life series of events.


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D'FaQTo Life: An Entertaining Evening with D'Lo
Tuesday, April 12, 2022 | 5:00pm-7:00pm | USU Ballroom
A roller-coaster ride of emotions with stories executed through comedic theater and storytelling, D’Lo shares from the perspective of being raised a child of immigrant parents and trying how identifying as “queer” intersected with a passion to create political art in America.

D’Lo is a queer/transgender Tamil-Sri Lankan-American speaker and performer whose work ranges from keynotes and workshops to stand-up comedy, from one-person shows to poetry and spoken word. Rooted in social justice, D'Lo brings the fierce with the funny through his presentations and stand-up comedy about being a queer/trans artist and activist raised within an immigrant family and community, as well as his stories about being an artist schooled by hip-hop, feminists, and queer artist elders.

D'Lo's TV/film credits include the HBO series LOOKING, the Amazon series TRANSPARENT, the Netflix series SENSE 8 and MR. ROBOT, and NBC's CONNECTING, as well as the web series EASTSIDERS, DYKE CENTRAL, MINIMUM WAGE, and his very own web series PRIVATE DICK. He can also be seen in the new short feature film, THE SYED FAMILY XMAS EVE GAME NIGHT, which had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) 2021.

D'Lo is the recipient of numerous grants and awards for his work. Most recently, D’Lo was awarded the Artist Disruptor Fellowship for TV Writing through the Center for Cultural Performance, the Civic Media Fellowship through USC's Annenberg Innovation Lab funded by the MacArthur Foundation, a Cultural Trailblazer Award from the City of Los Angeles’ Department of Cultural Affairs, and a CTG Sherwood Award for Theater.

Co-sponsors: Arts & Lectures, Cross-Cultural Center, and LGBTQA Pride Center.

Twitter/Instagram: @dlocokid

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CSUSM Students: FREE 
Community: $10
Faculty/Staff/Alumni: $5 


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Screening of "Asian Americans"
Thursday, April 14, 2022 | 3:00pm-4:00pm. | Cross-Cultural Center (USU 3400)

Join us in a screening and discussion of the PBS documentary series Asian Americans that focus on the history of Asian and Asian American people in the United States.

Episode 3: Good Americans
During the Cold War years, Asian Americans are simultaneously heralded as a Model Minority and targeted as the perpetual foreigner. It is also a time of bold ambition, as Asian Americans aspire for the first time to national political office and a coming culture-quake simmers beneath the surface. 
Special thanks to Michael and Criselda Yee who donated a copy of the Peabody Award winning series to the Cross-Cultural Center Library.


Protesters on Mauna Kea

Kuleana: Native Hawaiian Perspectives on Land, Relationships and Sovereignty
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | 12:00pm-1:00pm | Zoom
Register at: bit.ly/ccc_kuleana

Land acknowledgements are a critical step towards working with native communities to secure meaningful partnership and inclusion in the stewardship and protection of their cultural resources and homelands. Learn about this important practice through the lens of Native Hawaiians and how the responsibility or "kuleana" is more than just the words spoken at the beginning of an event but goes much deeper in understanding the desire for sovereignty.


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RIPPLES IN TIME | The Spirit of the Early Chinese Pioneers: One Family's Story
Tuesday, April 19, 2022 | 7:00pm-8:30pm | Zoom
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Hear the incredible story of one family’s experience with human trafficking, racial discrimination, and immigration. Learn how their determination and resilience motivated future generations to persevere and pay it forward all the way to our present time. Join Dr. Russell Low as he recounts his family’s story and his own personal experiences that led to his support of CSUSM School of Nursing students.

Inspired by a 100-year old photograph in the belongings of his great Uncle Kim, author Russell Low will share his decades-long search to find the stories behind the image. Low will share the story of Ah Ying, and illustrate Chinese American history from the building of the Transcontinental Railroad to the devastating effects of the Chinese Exclusion Act and subsequent slave trafficking of young Chinese women. A story rooted in a strong, resilient protagonist, the story encourages everyone to explore their roots and celebrates what makes us uniquely American.

Sponsored by the College of Education, Health and Human Services, School of Nursing, and Cross-Cultural Center.


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Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment
Wednesday, April 20, 2022 | 5:00pm-6:30pm | Zoom
Register at:
bit.ly/apida_bystander_session2

From March 19, 2020 to December 31, 2021, a total of 10,905 hate incidents against Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) persons were reported to Stop AAPI Hate. Almost half of all hate incidents took place in public spaces - in public streets, public transit, and public parks with hate incidents reported by women making up 61.8% of all reports and verbal harassment continuing to be the biggest share of total incidents reported. Take a stand and find out what you can do to safely intervene should you witness something. In partnership with Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Right to Be has adapted their free training to support the Asian/American and Pacific Islander community.

This 75 minute-long, interactive training will teach you Hollaback!'s 5D's of bystander intervention methodology. The training will be in English with English/Thai Language on screen and Thai language in translation (optional for participants). We'll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now - from microaggressions to violence - using a tool we call the "spectrum of disrespect." You'll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We'll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We'll have time at the end for practice, and you'll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person.

This training may not be ADA compliant. Questions about the online training should be directed to Right to Be.


Title card for Asian Americans documentary

Screening of "Asian Americans"
Thursday, April 21, 2022 | 2:00pm-3:00pm. | Cross-Cultural Center (USU 3400)

Join us in a screening and discussion of the PBS documentary series Asian Americans that focus on the history of Asian and Asian American people in the United States.

Episode 4: Generation Rising
During a time of war and social tumult, a young generation fights for equality in the fields, on campuses and in the culture, and claim a new identity: Asian Americans. The war's aftermath brings new immigrants and refugees who expand the population and the definition of Asian America. Special thanks to Michael and Criselda Yee who donated a copy of the Peabody Award winning series to the Cross-Cultural Center Library.


 

Safety and Situational Awareness Workshop with UPD
Monday, April 25, 2022 | 1:00pm-3:00pm. | Cross-Cultural Center (USU 3400)

Register

RVSP for this 2 hour workshop provided by the University Police Department to enhance personal safety and situational awareness. The course will cover:

• Definitions for assault and sexual assault 
• Legal parameters of self-defense
• Risks and consideration for self-defense situations 
• Personal safety and awareness strategies
• Proper striking and defensive maneuvers (lecture and practical) 
• Role-play scenario, if time allows

There are limited spaces available for this engaging hands-on workshop.


Title card for Asian Americans documentary

Screening of "Asian Americans"
Wednesday, April 27, 2022 | 3:00pm-4:00pm. | Cross-Cultural Center (USU 3400)

Join us in a screening and discussion of the PBS documentary series Asian Americans that focus on the history of Asian and Asian American people in the United States.

Episode 5: Breaking Through
At the turn of the new millennium, the national conversation turns to immigration, race, and economic disparity. As the U.S becomes more diverse, yet more divided, a new generation of Asian Americans tackle the question, how do we as a nation move forward together? Special thanks to Michael and Criselda Yee who donated a copy of the Peabody Award winning series to the Cross-Cultural Center Library.


Yuri Kochiyama and Malcolm X
Revolutionary Friendship: Reflections on Yuri Kochiyama and Malcom X
Tuesday, May 3, 2022 | 12:00pm-1:30pm. | USU Ballroom

Join us for a special lecture that uncovers the powerful legacy of Black-Asian solidarity. This talk explores the deep friendship between Japanese American grassroots organizer Yuri Kochiyama and Black Muslim human rights activist Malcolm X.

May Fu is a Visiting Professor and Scholar-in-Residence in the CSUSM Ethnic Studies Program and an Associate Professor of the Department of Ethnic Studies where she teaches classes on Asian American social movements, comparative BIPOC histories, and women of color feminisms. Her research examines the political praxis of Asian American community organizing and the intersectional solidarities that shape Asian American activism and racial formation. Her work has been published in Amerasia Journal, Social Justice, Contemporary Asian American Activism: Building Movements for Liberation, Presumed Incompetent: The Intersections of Race and Class for Women in Academia, and The Revolution Starts at Home: Confronting Intimate Violence Within Activist Communities. She has participated in grassroots movements for educational and worker justice, transformative justice, affordable housing, and cross-racial solidarity for over two decades.

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month 2022 Flier

All events are open to the general public. Parking fees may apply and all inquiries should be directed to Parking & Commuter Services.

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month is presented through a collaboration by the Cross-Cultural Center, Arts & Lectures, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Faculty & Staff Association, Ethnic Studies, Office of Inclusive Excellence, Tukwut Life, and the other Student Life Centers.