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Missouri State celebrates Asian Pacific Islander heritage

Heritage month celebrated during April
Monday, April 8, 2013

Throughout the month of April, Missouri State University will celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The Asian American Pacific Islander Organization (AAPIO) will host a number of specialized events with the goal of educating students and staff about Asian Pacific Islander heritage and engaging the community in cultural activities.

Vincent Who? will take place at 7 p.m. April 9 in Meyer Library, Room 101. Attendees can learn about Vincent Chin, the man who created the movement within the pan-Asian communities, and discover his historical significance in the United States. A documentary about him will be shown during the event.

Asian Languages 101 at 6 p.m. April 11 in Siceluff Hall, Room 119 will give guests the chance to learn easy words and phrases in Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Hmong.

Craft Night will take place at 7 p.m. April 17 in Glass Hall, Room 262. Attendees can master the craft of Asian arts and learn about different crafts and games of various Asian cultures.

The AAPIO Factor at 7 p.m. April 20 in the Plaster Student Union Parliamentary Room will feature an evening of karaoke and singing for visitors.

The AAPIO Kids Festival will take place at 11 a.m. April 21 at Phelps Grove Park. Individuals who attended Craft Night April 17 will have the opportunity to help instruct children in the Springfield community in various arts and crafts. Visitors can participate in face-painting, games and more activities.

The Asian Heritage Banquet at 7 p.m. April 27 in the Kentwood Hall Ballroom will feature Asian food catered by Chartwells. Attendees can experience Asian pride by eating Asian cuisine and watching routines by local performers. There is limited seating available. Seats can be reserved by emailing Yee Lee, AAPIO member.

All events are free and open to the public. For more information, contact Kristina Lor, AAPIO president, at (417) 414-2933.


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