Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Every year, the Wesleyan community comes together to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in April with a variety of events, initatives, performances, and celebrations.  Please come out and support as many of the great events listed below as you are able!

2023 AAPI Month Committee:   Meera Nemali, Andrea Lim, Swaraj Rai, Lev Ko, Zain Punjwani, Megan Bauerle, Harrison Hong, Jeremy Kim, Ishani Dave, Sarah Liu, Andrew Cao, Anu Sharma (Anthropology), Indira Karamcheti (American Studies), Joanne Rafferty (Office of Student Involvement), Jen Cheng (Office of Student Involvement), Demetrius Colvin (The Resource Center), Kiara Ruesta-Cayetano (The Resource Center)

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Event Name: AAPI Month Convocation

Event Time and Date: Saturday, April 1st from 6:30pm-8:30pm 

Event Location/Zoom Information: Allbritton 311

Event Organizers: Asian American Student Collective

Event Description:  Join AASC for the 2023 AAPI Month Convocation with speeches given by Asian and Asian-American students, faculty, and alumni addressing the theme of this year's AAPI month, which is ReclamASIAN: reclaiming one's asian/asian american identity

 

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Event Name: AASC Comedy Show

Event Time and Date: Friday, April 7th at 8:00pm

Event Location/Zoom Information: Memorial Chapel

Event Organizers: Asian American Student Collective

Event Description: Join AASC for a comedy show featuring Ryan Koo and brief KDC performance at the end!

 

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Event Name: Shakti Spring Formal

Event Time and Date: Saturday, April 8th, from 7:00pm-9:30pm

Event Location/Zoom Information: 200 High Street

Event Organizers: Shakti

Event Description:  Shakti's annual Spring Formal is a celebration of south asian food and culture, and is open to be attended by all students at Wesleyan. We will be catering food from Haveli, and later will have dancing.  RSVP in advance!

 

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Event Name: Alumni Networking Event

Event Time and Date: Sunday, April 9th, from 3:00pm-5:00pm

Event Location/Zoom Information: Woodhead Lounge

Event Organizers: Asian American Student Collective

Event Description: AASC is organizing a space for Asian, Asian-American, and Pacific Islander students and alumni to come together and network!

 

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Event Name: AASWG Workshop

Event Time and Date: Wednesday, April 12th, from 7:00pm-8:30pm

Event Location/Zoom Information: Vanguard Lounge, Center for African American Studies

Event Organizers: Asian American Studies Working Group (AASWG)

Event Description:  AASWG is leading a workshop chronicling Ethnic Studies/Race, Ethnicity, and Diaspora Studies organizing at Wes at other peer institutions, hopefully in a coalition with other students of color.

 

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Event Name: I Will Make You Mine Film Screening and Talkback

Event Time and Date: Friday, April 14th at 2:00pm

Event Location/Zoom Information:  Goldsmith Family Cinema at the Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies (aka CFS100)

Event Organizers: Wesleyan Film Board and the College of Film and the Moving Image (CFILM)

Event Description: This event will include a screening of "I Will Make You Mine" (2020, Dir: Lynn Chen ’98, summary: three women wrestle with life's difficulties while confronting their past relationships with the same man) followed by a talk with the director Lynn Chen '98.

 

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Event Name: Espwesso AAPI Month Sale

Event Time and Date: Friday, April 14th from 4:00pm to 7:00pm 

Event Location/Zoom Information: Espwesso Cafe (Basement of Allbritton Center)

Event Organizers: Sophia Chen, The Resource Center, and Espwesso

Event Description: We are celebrating AAPI month in Espwesso Cafe by selling a variety of Asian drinks/snacks that are unique to the cultures of many AAPI students on campus and not widely found around Middletown as well as hosting a meeting space for conversations regarding AAPI identity. All profits raised from this event would be donated to organizations supporting AAPI communities. Food and drink are an important part of AAPI culture and this event would help share that amongst the Wesleyan community while raising money for an important cause!

 

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Event Name: Charulata Film Screening

Event Time and Date: Saturday, April 15th at 8:00pm

Event Location/Zoom Information:  Goldsmith Family Cinema at the Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies (aka CFS100)

Event Organizers: Wesleyan Film Board and the College of Film and the Moving Image (CFILM)

Event Description: (1964, Dir: Sayatjiy Ray) In 1870s India, Charulata (Madhabi Mukherjee) is an isolated, artistically inclined woman who sees little of her busy journalist husband, Bhupati (Sailen Mukherjee). Realizing that his wife is alienated and unhappy, he convinces his cousin, Amal (Soumitra Chatterjee), to spend time with Charulata and nourish her creative impulses. Amal is a fledgling poet himself, and he and Charulata bond over their shared love of art. But over time a sexual attraction develops, with heartbreaking results.

 

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Event Name: Conference on Asian American Food Research

Event Time and Date: Wednesday, April 19th at 5:00 PM

Event Location/Zoom Information: The Mansfield Freeman Center for East Asian Studies (343 Washington Terrace)

Event Organizers: Megan Bauerle, Michelle Kim, CEAS Department (Professor Watanabe, Kathleen Norris)

Event Description: This event is  a student conference on Asian American Food Research, with keynote speaker Chi Hoon Kim (Class of 2006). This conference seeks to discuss diasporic narratives and Asian American culture through the lens of food.

 

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Event Name: AAPI Month Vigil

Event Time and Date: Friday, April 21st from 4:15pm to 5:00pm

Event Location/Zoom Information: Huss Courtyard (outside of Usdan)

Event Organizers: The Resource Center and the 2023 AAPI Month Committee

Event Description: The Wesleyan community is invited to come together for a vigil to mourn the violence committed against Asians in America.

 

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Event Name: AASC Night Market

Event Time and Date: Friday, April 21st from 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Event Location/Zoom Information: Huss Courtyard (outside of Usdan)

Event Organizers: Asian American Student Collective, AAPI clubs, and The Resource Center

Event Description: Join AASC and other AAPI organizations for the annual Night Market event.   Grab some great food and enjoy the performances made representing the Asian community at Wes!

 

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Event Name: The Host Film Screening

Event Time and Date: Friday, April 21st at 8:00pm

Event Location/Zoom Information:  Goldsmith Family Cinema at the Jeanine Basinger Center for Film Studies (aka CFS100)

Event Organizers: Wesleyan Film Board and the College of Film and the Moving Image (CFILM)

Event Description: (2006, Dir: Bong Joon-ho) A monster emerges from Seoul's Han River and begins attacking people. One victim's loving family does what it can to rescue her from its clutches.

 

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Event Name: Korean Culture Festival

Event Time and Date: Saturday, April 22nd, from 12:00pm-4:00pm

Event Location/Zoom Information: Huss Lawn (outside of Usdan, rain location Daniel Family Commons on 3rd floor of Usdan) and Beckham Hall 

Event Organizers: Wesleyan's Korean Student Association

Event Description: This will be a collaboration event with the Korean department of University of Connecticut to celebrate Korean culture in the form of performances, food, and different stations for people to enjoy.  Lunch will be served from 12noon to 2:00pm on Huss Lawn and the performances will occur from 2:00pm-4:00pm in Beckham Hall.

 

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Event Name: AASC Formal

Event Time and Date: Saturday, April 29th, from 7:00pm-10:00pm

Event Location/Zoom Information: Russell House

Event Organizers: Asian American Student Collective

Event Description: Annual AASC Formal event.

 

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Event Name: Holi

Event Time and Date: Sunday, April 30th at 2:00pm 

Event Location/Zoom Information: Foss Hill

Event Organizers: Shakti

Event Description: This is the festival of colors, usually celebrated in the Spring. In the past, we have ordered white t-shirts for those participating, and it takes place on Foss Hill.

 

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Event Name: Gamelan Performance

Event Time and Date: Saturday, May 6 at 1:00 pm

Event Location/Zoom Information: Smith Reading Room, Olin Library

Event Organizers: World Music Archives/Music Library (Jennifer Hadley and Aaron Bittel); Wesleyan Music Department

Event Description: In celebration of an upcoming publication by Sumarsam (Winslow-Kaplan Professor of Music), the library will host a chamber gamelan performance, an exhibit of Sumarsam’s scholarly work, and a talk on intercultural and interreligious encounters in the Javanese performing arts, tracing a line through history and myth from Hinduization and Islamization to Westernization.