Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration

A celebration of history, culture, traditions and contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islanders. The celebration is recognized every February through March.

Dr. Karen Korematsu: Remembering My Father Fred T. Korematsu and Furthering His Civil Liberties Legacy

Wednesday, January 26, 2022

4:00 - 5:00 p.m
Virtual via Zoom. Register below to receive the Zoom link.

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Karen Korematsu is the Founder and Director of the Fred T. Korematsu Institute.  She and the Institute are devoted to furthering the memory of Fred Korematsu, the case Korematsu v. United States, a case said to be a “civil liberties disaster”, and for advancing civil rights and civil liberties, equity and justice.

Fred T. Korematsu was one of many American citizens of Japanese ancestry who were incarcerated during World War II. He is famous for his defying the government’s order to report to an assembly center.  Fred Korematsu appealed his case all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court, which ruled against him in 1944.  Years later, his conviction was vacated by the U.S. District Court of Northern California.  Fred’s courage and activism was recognized by his receipt of the Presidential Medal of Freedom from President Clinton in 1998.  Fred T. Korematsu is the first Asian American honored by a state for a day in his name.

Dr. Karen Korematsu

Asian New Year Festival

Saturday, February 19, 2022

7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

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Enjoy a spectacular festival that showcases the traditional Asian New Year celebration. The event highlights the richness and diversity of Asia by featuring a variety of Asian traditional performances including a dragon dance, Chinese martial arts, cultural fashion show and other educational topics.

Being and Seeing Asian American during COVID-19: Research and Ruminations in an age of anti-Asian violence

Thursday, March 31, 2022

6:00 p.m.

Virtual event via Zoom


Presentation by Vincent Pham, Ph.D., Willamette University.




Asian Faculty and Staff Association, Asian Student Union, Delta Phi Lambda, East Asian Studies, Division of Inclusion and Equity, Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, Vietnamese Cultural Association, and Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Events are free and open to the public.  For information on parking or for individuals requiring special accommodations, please contact us at (616)331-2177 or email us at: [email protected]

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Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration Contact

Office of Multicultural Affairs
Grand Valley State University
Email: [email protected] 
Phone: (616) 331-2177

Page last modified March 21, 2022