May is Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month.
Missouri State University will host events May 1-9 to offer glimpses into the contributions, influence and enriching traditions of APIDA people.
“The month of May was chosen to commemorate the migration of Japanese people to the United States,” said Dr. Nina Barudzic, director of multicultural programs at Missouri State.
“By celebrating APIDA heritage, we’re focusing on the accomplishments of Asian individuals who had a unique journey to the U.S., their life experience, traditions and cultures.”
All events are free and open to the public unless otherwise stated. No registration is required.
Calligraphy at 5 p.m. in Plaster Student Union, Room 101
Learn about the art of beautiful handwriting and how to write your name using a calligraphy technique.
APIDA Panel: Understanding Asian Experiences in the U.S. at 5:30 p.m. in Plaster Student Union, Room 101
Learn about the experiences of those who identify as APIDA emigrating to the U.S. or born in the U.S., and their challenges, successes and more.
Student Activities Council Presents: Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Speaker at 7 p.m. in Plaster Student Union Theater
Hear from Nicole Ponseca, a Filipino-American chef and restaurateur.
Dumpling Creation Demo at 6 p.m. in Plaster Student Union, Union Club (for the campus community only)
Watch and learn how to make dumplings.