Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2019

Building and Empowering Underrepresented Communities

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Reception

Tuesday, March 26, 12-1:30 pm, at the University Club President’s Room

Join us as we kick off the month-long celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at IU Bloomington. Special guest Elaine Wagner, the first Chinese American City Council member of Columbus, Indiana, will join us to give remarks.

Who are Asian American and Pacific Islanders? Part 2: Multi-Racial Perspectives

Friday, March 29, 12-1 p.m, at the ACC

Have you ever wondered what it's like to grow up multi-racial? Would you like a platform to talk about your experience as someone with multiple heritages? Join us for a moderated panel featuring multi-racial IU student perspectives on identity, parenting, and society. Free lunch provided. Come with questions!

Indiana Asian American Association Conference

Saturday, March 30, 10:30 - 4:30 pm

Speakers: Ami Park and Chris Chyung

Asian American Association at Indiana University - Bloomington is proud to host its 5th annual Indiana Asian American Conference (IAAC). This year features guest speakers Ami Park, from the hit television show “This Is Us,” and Chris Chyung, the first Asian-American lawmaker for the state of Indiana. Our conference will also feature two workshops and a complimentary lunch for all attendees. More details about registration and schedule to follow. For more information, contact

APA Film Series: Movement, “In the Life of Music,” preceded by “Rupture”

Saturday, March 30, 7 p.m., at the IU Cinema

Cambodian American filmmaker Caylee So was born in a refugee camp, raised in Northern Virginia, and is currently based in Long Beach, Calif. She is a founder of the Cambodian Town Film Festival and a recipient of the 2013 Linda Mabalot New Directors/New Visions Award for her short film Pauline at Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. In the Life of Music tells a triptych of stories: three chapters, three generations, and three worlds indelibly transformed by the Khmer Rouge. It is an unforgettable exploration of love, war, and a family’s relationship to “Champa Battambang,” made famous by Sinn Sisamouth, the King of Cambodian music. In English and Khmer with English subtitles. Rupture is a film about Morie, a young, pregnant woman living in a small village in Burkina Faso, who has always dreamed of better things for herself. Bound by traditions, Morie’s labor challenges will change the course of three people’s lives forever. In Mòoré with English subtitles.

The Asian Culture Center and the Asian American Studies Program curate Movement: Asian/Pacific America film series as part of Indiana University’s annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebration. Movement grapples with themes of identity, belonging, and power from the perspectives of Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Asian/Pacific diasporic directors, screenwriters, actors, and subjects. The series invites audiences to consider the multifaceted vibrancies and complexities of Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Asian/Pacific diasporic individuals and communities. Movement evokes evolution and transformation—both within and beyond Asian/Pacific America. This partnership is supported through IU Cinema’s Creative Collaborations program.

APA Film Series: Movement, “For Izzy”

Sunday, March 31, 4 p.m., at the IU Cinema

For Izzy presents a narrative feature drama told in a documentary format and infused with elements of magical realism. Anna, a retired divorcee, and Dede, her lesbian daughter, move next door to Peter, a lonely widowed father to Laura, an adult with autism. Unexpected romance, friendship, and demons emerge as a result. This film is part of the Movement: Asian/Pacific America film series, sponsored by the Asian Culture Center, Asian American Studies Program, Global Popular Music Mellon Platform, and IU Cinema.

DestinAsian 2019: Learning on the Road

April 5-6, 2019

DestinAsian Chicago: Learning on the Road” is a collaborative program between the ACC and the RPS Community Education Program. This trip will provide IU students an opportunity to explore the topics of Asian American history, immigration, activism, and the arts through meetings, lectures, and cultural tours. We also hope to establish relationships with AAPI leaders involved with nonprofits, academics, government, and the arts. This is an overnight trip with a refundable deposit of $30.00. All other fees are covered except food. More info on our website!

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APA Film Series: Movement, “Matangi/Maya/M.I.A”

Monday, April 8, 7 p.m., at the IU Cinema

Drawn from a cache of personal videos from the past 22 years, the Sundance award-winning Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. is a startling profile of the critically acclaimed M.I.A., chronicling her remarkable journey from refugee to immigrant to global phenom. Matangi / Maya / M.I.A. provides unparalleled, intimate access to the artist in her battles with the music industry and mainstream media en route to becoming one of the most recognizable, outspoken, and provocative voices in music today. In English and Tamil with English subtitles. This film is part of the Movement: Asian/Pacific America film series, sponsored by the Asian Culture Center, Asian American Studies Program, Global Popular Music Mellon Platform, and IU Cinema.

Hoosier to Hoosier: Experiences of Asian American & Pacific Islander Hoosiers

Thursday, April 18, 7 p.m., at Read Hoosier Den

Join us for a panel discussion with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) IUB students. The panelists will talk about the diversity within the AAPI community. In addition, they will address common issues and concerns affecting AAPIs including model minority myth, perpetual foreigner stereotype, microaggressions, and will share some of their own experiences as AAPIs in Indiana. Free pizza included! Co-sponsored by the School of Public Health LLC.

Panelists: Keiko McCullough is a PhD student in counseling psychology and the graduate assistant of the Asian Culture Center; John Chen is a fourth-year IUB student majoring in Neuroscience. Outside of classes, he is the President of Indiana Model United Nations and conducts research at IU's Clinical and Cognitive Neuroscience Center; Dillon Tautunu Smith is a Ph.D student in linguistics and an associate instructor in East Asian Languages and Cultures; and Ariana Cavallini is a senior and studying Psychology and Speech and Hearing Sciences. Ariana will be heading to IUPUI in the fall to begin the MSW program. She is from Indianapolis and identifies as Filipino American.

End of the Year Student Recognition Banquet

Wednesday, April 24, 6-7:30 p.m., at the IMU Tudor Room

The Student Recognition Banquet is a three-in-one annual celebration held to recognize graduating students as new IU alumni, to recognize the Asian and Asian American student leaders at IU for their contributions to the university, and to appreciate the volunteers of the ACC. By invitation only.