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Events will celebrate Asian American, Pacific Islander heritage

February 10, 2020

Original Source: FORUM

Sponsored by the Asian Student Union and the Office of Multicultural Affairs, events throughout February and March will focus on the diversity and traditions of Asian cultures. 

• Dispatches from Asia: Hong Kong, the Philippines and the Struggle for Human Rghts: February 17, 3-4:15 p.m., Kirkhof Center room 2215/2216

Foreign correspondent Julie McCarthy will give a presentation on democracy and the struggle for human rights. McCarthy works in NPR’s new Manilla Bureau.

• Pho Night: February 21, 5-9 p.m., Niemeyer Living Center multipurpose room

Authentic pho, a Vietnamese soup that consists of rice noodles, herbs, and meat will be served. Proceeds will go to the Vietnamese Cultural Association.

• Asian Pacific Islander American Vote: February 26, 6-7 p.m., Kirkhof Center, room 0058

Rebeka Islam, executive director of Asian and Pacific Islander Vote, will present an interactive workshop tackling the issues of the 2020 election. Topics will include immigration, jobs, the economy, health care and education. There will also be a discussion on college students and voting.

• The Road Less Traveled: Turning Obstacles into Opportunities for Success: March 12, 5:30-6:30 p.m., DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium

Artist and designer Dominic Pangborn will give a presentation about his journey. Born in a Korean village during the Korean War, never having met his father, he was adopted by the Pangborn family of Jackson and endured years of bullying in school for being an adopted immigrant. Using art as an escape, he created art for the 2018 Winter Olympics. In 2014, he was voted a top-five finalist in Grand Rapids' ArtPrize. 

• Night Market: March 20, 6-9 p.m., Niemeyer Living Center multipurpose room

The Asian Student Union will host a fundraiser for student organizations on campus. Traditional Asian clothing, snacks, drinks, trinkets, jewelry and decor will be showcased. 

• R.I.C.E. Conference: Realizing and Addressing Issues in our Culture and Education: March 21, 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium

The free conference is open to the public. Lunch is provided and business casual attire is encouraged. To register, contact April Nunn at nunna@mail.gvsu.edu.

For more information, visit gvsu.edu/oma or contact the Office of Multicultural Affairs at x12177.

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