Missouri State University will host food tastings, game demonstrations and thoughtful discussions this April in celebration of Asian Heritage Month.
“Our identities and our lived experiences are important parts of the fabric that makes our university,” said Yvania Garcia-Pusateri, executive director of multicultural programs and student diversity. “Heritage months are not only a celebration of various cultures, but also the acknowledgement of the contributions these groups have made to the United States.”
While Asian Heritage Month is normally observed in the month of May, these events will give students the opportunity to participate with their peers before leaving campus for the summer.
“To be a global citizen, our students must not only understand difference, but also embrace it in all its forms,” said Garcia-Pusateri. “These events give students the opportunity to learn about Asian and Desi identities and become more educated about their experiences on our campus.”
Desi refers to individuals from India, South Asia and the Middle East.
Some of the events planned for Asian Heritage Month that are free and open to the public include:
The official “Asian Heritage Month Kick-Off” will begin at 5 p.m. in the PSU Atrium. Attendees will learn about various student organizations on campus and the various Asian countries and cultures represented by current Missouri States students.
The “Asian Heritage Month Game Night” will take place from 4-6 p.m. in the Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Resource Center Annex. Representatives from various Asian/Desi student organizations will lead demonstrations of games that are popular in Asian countries.
“Dine and Discuss: Beyond Cashew Chicken” will be held from 5-6:30 p.m. in the Mary Jean Price Walls Multicultural Resource Center Annex. Attendees will have an opportunity to taste various traditional Asian dishes and will learn about their cultural significance.
For a complete list of events, visit the Missouri State calendar of events.
For more information, contact Garcia-Pusateri at 417-836-3035.