Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2015

Reflections on the 50th Anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1965

Still/Moving: Puppets and Indonesia

Hosted by the Mathers Museum of World Cultures
Ongoing until June 7, 2015, at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures

This exhibit presents puppets, one of the oldest types of Indonesian performing arts which still persists today in many forms, as a way to better understand the dynamic peoples and places of Indonesia--focusing on Javanese, Sundanese, and Balinese cultures.

Experimenting with Freedom: Orangutan Rehabilitation and Decolonization in Sarawak – Dr. Juno Parreñas

Sponsored by Southeast Asia Studies
Thursday, April 2, 4:00 to 5:30 pm, in the Persimmon Room at the Indiana Memorial Union

This talk examines the problem of indefinite deferral of independence in Sarawak via its past and present orangutan rehabilitation efforts. This work is based on 17 months of ethnographic fieldwork in Sarawak, Malaysia between 2008 and 2010. It is informed by recent scholarship on decolonization that expands humanistic inquiry beyond humanity (Kohn 2013, de la Cadena 2010) and examines the paradox of freedom and empire in Southeast Asia (Khalili 2012; Yong 2013; Kelly and Reid 1998). Juno Salazar Parreñas (PhD Anthropology, Harvard 2012) is an Assistant Professor of Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at The Ohio State University and a former Agrarian Studies Fellow at Yale University. Her article, “Producing Affect” won the 2013 American Anthropological Association’s General Anthropology Division Prize for Exemplary Cross-field Scholarship.

Emerging Asian Pacific American Voices: An Evening with Director Ougie Pak, part of “Movement: Asian Pacific America,” the IU Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month film festival

Hosted by Asian American Studies, Asian Culture Center, Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, Media School, and IU Cinema
Thursday, April 2, 7:00 pm, at the IU Cinema

Join us as we kick off Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with 3 short films by Ougie Pak: The Boardwalk (2014); Panopticon (2012), and The 100% Perfect Girl (2006). A question and answer session will follow the screening.

Ougie Pak is a writer and filmmaker whose work has screened in venues including the Tribeca Film Festival, the Busan International Film Festival, the Bilbao International Festival of Documentary and Short Film, and the Student Academy Awards. He has also received awards from the National Board of Review and the Korean Ministry of Culture- Film Council. Pak previously worked in the office of Antidote Films, where he aided the development and production of several acclaimed independent movies including The Kids Are All Right, Mysterious Skin, and Roman Polanski: Wanted and Desired.

Huazhao Festival: A Chinese Celebration of Flowers

Hosted by the IU Chinese Calligraphy Club
Friday, April 3, 3:30 to 6:00 pm, at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures

Come welcome the spring and learn about Chinese flower traditions during the Huazhao Festival, hosted by IU's Chinese Calligraphy Club. The festival of flowers will feature demonstrations of calligraphy, tea preparations, musical performances, and hands-on crafts. The event will be free and open to the public.

Southeast Asia Night

Hosted by the Indonesian (Permias), Malaysian, Filipino, Singapore, Thai, and Vietnamese Student Organizations
Friday, April 3, 6:00 to 9:00 pm, in the Willkie Auditorium

Learn about the cultures of Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam in an interactive way. This free event celebrates the cultures of South Asia with cultural performances, information booths, and local delicacies.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month film festival screening of “Revenge of the Green Dragons”

Co-sponsored by the Asian American Association and the Malaysian Student Association
Hosted by Asian American Studies, Asian Culture Center, Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society, Media School, and IU Cinema
Sunday, April 5, 3:00 pm, at the IU Cinema

From the IU Cinema: In the vein of crime classics like Mean Streets and Infernal Affairs, Revenge of the Green Dragons follows two immigrant brothers Sonny (Justin Chon) and Steven (Kevin Wu) who survive the impoverished despair of New York in the 1980s by joining Chinatown gang "The Green Dragons". The brothers quickly rise up the ranks, drawing the unwanted attention of hard-boiled city cops. After an ill- fated love affair pits Sonny against his own brother, he sets out for revenge on the very gang who made him who he is. From acclaimed directors Andrew Lau and Andrew Loo, and legendary Executive Producer Martin Scorsese comes a brilliant mix between a Hong Kong action film and a New York City crime thriller, portraying the never-before-told true story of "The Green Dragons". (2K DCP presentation).

Student Development Series: Study Abroad 101, with Kelsey Lechner

Co-sponsored by the Office of Overseas Studies
Monday, April 6, 6:15 to 7:15 pm, at the Asian Culture Center

The presentation will take students through the basic information they need to know to get started with studying abroad. Topics will include some myths associated with study abroad, different types of programs, eligibility requirements, financial aid/scholarships, how to apply, and more.

AAPIHM Luncheon with Keynote Speaker, Amitav Ghosh, by invitation only

Co-sponsored by the Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Council and the East Asian Studies Center
Wednesday, April 8, 12:00 to 1:30 pm, in the Georgian Room at the Indiana Memorial Union

In recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Immigration Act of 1965, internationally acclaimed author and visiting Patten lecturer Amitav Ghosh will share his reflections on immigration and society. By invitation only.

Asian American Association Conference, "Plant the Seeds"

Hosted by the Asian American Association
Saturday, April 11, 9:00 am, in Room 015 in the Fine Arts Building

More details to come

Cranes for Hope

Hosted by Civic Leadership Development
Monday, April 13, 7:00 pm, at Hodge Hall in room 223

Come join Civic Leadership Development as we will be folding paper cranes and stringing them together, putting motivational quotes on them, and then sending them to those who are suffering from health/medical issues, cancer, as a way to help brighten their days and inspire them through their recovery. The history of paper cranes is based off the story of Saddako and the Paper Cranes (from Japan), and is used as education to many American schools today.

Carnival of Care

Hosted by Culture of Care
Wednesday, April 15, 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, in Dunn Meadow

At this outdoor carnival, part of Culture of Care Week, students can learn about diversity and acceptance from different IU organizations. Be sure to check out the Asian Culture Center’s booth for trivia, games, and prizes!

Cultural Connections – Celebrating Cross-Cultural Interaction!

Wednesday, April 15, 6:00 pm, at Teter NST

Join the IU Chinese Student and Scholar Association and Diversity at Teter Quad Student Government as they host a “Cultural Connections” event that will feature music, free food, and lots of fun. Created to bring together international and domestic students, Cultural Connections foster friendship, cultural understanding, and camaraderie. Program is sponsored by the Office of International Services in celebration of AAPIHM.

“Re-Examining Race & Religion in America: A Presentation on Diverse and Dynamic Latina/o Muslim Groups” by Dr. Harold Morales

Sponsored by La Casa Latino Cultural Center
Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 pm, in the Dogwood Room at the Indiana Memorial Union

Latina and Latino Muslims further complicate our already fluid and problematic understanding of what it means to be a Muslim and what it means to be a Latina/o at the beginning of the twenty-first century. The U.S., we are told, is currently poised to become the first nation whose collective minorities will outnumber the dominant population, and Latina/os play no small role in this historic demographic shift. Even as many people view Latinos, Muslims and internet dependence as growing threats, Latina/o Muslims celebrate their intersecting identities in their daily lives and in their mediated representations. This presentation will [1] describe the abundant diversity that exists within Latina/o, Muslim and Latina/o Muslim groups through ethnographic, historical and demographic sketches; and [2] critically engage the problematic ways in which so called “minorities” are represented in public discourse.

Hoosier Hosts Dinner

Hosted by the Hutton Honors Council Association
Wednesday, April 15, 7:00 to 9:00 pm, in Union Street Center Cedar Hall

Join us for a fun evening spent getting to know fellow international and domestic Indiana University students over dinner and exciting activities! Hosted by the Hutton Honors Council Association with funding provided by the Indiana University Student Association and the IU Asian Culture Center's Community Engagement Fund Grant. Please RSVP here.

Asian American Art Showcase

Co-sponsored by Union Board
Thursday, April 16, 5:00 to 6:30 pm, at the Asian Culture Center

Experience the arts with an evening of poetry, music, and fine arts. We will feature the talents of poet Lisa Kwong, violinist Calvin Cheng, and graphic artists Yi Fan, Tiffany Joy Ignalaga, Stephanie Kim, Thao Ngoc Le, and Chasu Wu. For the complete program, click here. Join us as we celebrate and experience the artistic works of IU students over light refreshments. Please RSVP at

Mediating Hmong America: Participatory Cultures Beyond the Digital Divide

Hosted by the Media School
Friday, April 17, 12:30 to 2:00 pm, in Room 220 in Ernie Pyle Hall

In this talk, Dr. Lori Kido Lopez (Department of Communication Arts, University of Wisconsin-Madison) will discuss the way that Hmong American media practices reflect a new understanding of how immigrant communities are developing and utilizing culturally specific media technologies in the digital era. Hmong Americans may be on the “wrong side of the digital divide,” but they are nonetheless exploding our definition of traditional communication technologies like “radio” and opening up new spaces of participatory culture for women and other disenfranchised communities.

School of Public Health Workshop, “Bridging Cultures: Asian American Communities”

Friday, April 17, 2:00 to 4:00 pm, in the Mobley Auditorium, Room C100, at the School of Public Health

The goal of the workshop is to provide attendees with information about the demographics and diversity among Asian American communities, how the model minority myth impacts access to care, and challenges that Asian Americans experience in accessing healthcare services. Please register for the workshop here.


Co-sponsored by the Indian Student Association, Asian American Association, and the Malaysian Student Association
Friday, April 17 or 24 depending on the weather, 5:00 to 6:00 pm, in the Collins Living-Learning Center Courtyard
Check the Asian Culture Center's page for the latest updates.

Holi is one of the most festive holidays in India and symbolizes the coming of spring. Come join the fun of throwing colors and wear something you don’t mind getting some colored powder on! Contact with any questions.


Co-sponsored by the City of Bloomington’s Safe and Civil Program, the Bloomington Farmers’ Market, and the Asian Culture Center
Saturday, April 18, 10:00 am to 12:00 pm, at the Bloomington Farmers' Market Showers City Hall Atrium and Outdoor Stage area

Come and enjoy the diversity within Asian cultures through cultural performances, arts and crafts, and cooking demonstrations. For more information, please email In case of rain, the event will be held indoors at the Showers City Hall Atrium.

Filipino Night

Hosted by the Filipino Student Association
Saturday, April 18, 5:00 to 9:00 pm, in the Student Activity Room at Briscoe Residence Center

The IUB Filipino Student Association proudly presents Filipino Culture Night 2015 - Pearl of the East. We invite all our friends and family to our largest event of the year! There will be free food, exciting performances, and lots of Filipino culture and tradition. Doors open at 5:30pm.

Guest performances by: IU Martial Arts Club & IU Swing Dance Club

Free for IUB students (please bring school ID). $5 for non-IU guests. All proceeds will go to Project Hope.

What's a Green Card? A Brief Overview on the U.S. Immigration Process

Tuesday, April 21, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, at the Asian Culture Center

Christie Popp, an immigration lawyer in town, will be addressing general immigration issues and answering questions about procedures and processes. Topics that will be covered will include obtaining a green card and dealing with the immigration consequences of arrests. This event is free and open to the public.

End of the Year Student Recognition Banquet, by invitation only

Wednesday, April 22, 5:00 to 6:30 pm, in the Faculty Room at the Indiana Memorial Union University Club

AAST End of Year Recognition Reception featuring Professor Dina Okamoto (Sociology) book talk, Redefining Race: Asian American Panethnicity and Shifting Ethnic Boundaries

Hosted by Asian American Studies
Tuesday, April 28, 3:00 to 5:00 pm, in Bridgwaters Lounge at the Neal-Marshall Black Culture Center

This event will feature a book talk by Professor Dina Okamoto (sociology), author of the recently published Redefining Race: Asian American Panethnicity and Shifting Ethnic Boundaries.