Faculty and Staff

About the APAFSC

The mission of the Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Council is to provide leadership in promoting the development of Asian Pacific American faculty and staff at all eight campuses of Indiana University. The Council serves as a public forum for raising issues of major concern in the Asian Pacific American academic community and working with university administrations to address these.

The APAFSC's goals are:

  • To foster fellowship with other Asian Pacific American faculty and staff across all campuses of Indiana University through diverse forms of communication and networking.
  • To work with university administrators, faculty, and staff members to promote the professional development of Asian Pacific American academic communities.
  • To serve as mentors, guides, and facilitators to student communities across all campuses of Indiana University.
  • To advocate for resolutions to issues of major relevance to Asian Pacific American communities on all campuses of Indiana University.

Contact the Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Council by emailing apafsc@indiana.edu.


 Community Building Opportunities:

February 26, 2020, 12-1:30 pm (seats are limited; please RSVP at acc@indiana.edu)

March and May dates to be determined


Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Reception

Date: Friday, March 27

Time: 4:30-6 pm, Reception, followed by 6 pm talk

Venue: University Club President’s Room (followed by talk in the Whittenberger Auditorium)

Kick off the month-long celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at IU Bloomington. Special guest Jonny Sun is the author and illustrator of everyone’s a aliebn when ur a aliebn too and the New York Times best-selling illustrator of Gmorning, Gnight! by Lin-Manuel Miranda. He is a writer for the sixth season of the Netflix Original Series BoJack Horseman, and is writing a movie for 20th Century Fox (https://www.jomnysun.com/). Jonny Sun will give a formal talk following this reception at Whittenberger Auditorium at 6 pm. Mr. Sun’s visit and presentation is made possible with support from the Union Board.  This event is free and open to the public. This event is free and open to the public and is co-hosted by the Asian Pacific American Faculty and Staff Council.


Movement: Asian/Pacific America

Film Screening: Short Films

Date: Tuesday, April 7

Time: Doors Open at 5 pm with a reception; Screening at 6 pm followed by Q & A with filmmakers until 7:45 pm. All events free, but ticketed. Tickets can be secured through the BCT Box Office

Venue: Buskirk-Chumley Theater

Description: This film screening is part of “Movement: Asian/Pacific America,” a partnership between the IU Asian Culture Center, the Asian American Studies Program, and the IU Cinema.

The films in this short-film program include: 

  • In this Family (2017) Directed by Drama del Rosario
  • I’m Okay (and Neither Are You) (2019) Directed by Drama del Rosario
  • Moonwalk With Me (2018) Directed by Shelly Yo
  • Chinese Hoosiers -
  • Halwa (2018) Directed by Nirav Bhakta (Tentative)


Filmmakers Drama del Rosario and Shelly Yo are scheduled to be present for a Q&A following the films.

“In this Family” by Drama Del Rosario – 12 mins; filmmaker will be present!
Description: In This Family is a short documentary that looks at how one Filipino family reacts to having a gay son. Revisiting unreleased audio recordings of fights from inside his own home, documentary filmmaker Drama Del Rosario shares his story of being outed as a teenager, dealing with his family's reaction, and the society's percipience on homosexuality. Beyond coming out, the film speaks about how parents learn to embrace their children unconditionally.
“I’m Okay (and Neither are You)” by Drama Del Rosario
Description: This short film recently won the inaugural BAFTA-GSA Commissioning Grant. The film explores the filmmaker’s personal story of sexual assault trauma and mental health from the perspective of a gay couple.
 “Moonwalk with Me” by Shelly Yo – 14 mins filmmaker will be present!
Description: A story about a Korean American girl named Juno who is haunted by her father's disappearances. Upon his return, Juno must decide to keep her drifting father grounded or to let him go. 
"Chinese Hoosiers" by Haley Semian
Description: Chinese Hoosiers (2017) is a documentary short that takes a look into the lives of Chinese international students at Indiana University. We will see how this "common group" of people live their lives in vastly different ways and how they've all found home in the Hoosier state.
Length time: ~5-7 minutes
“Halwa” by Nirav Bhakta - 17 minutes (tentative)
Description: On the eve of her wedding anniversary, empty-nester Sujata Chopra attempts to find some joy in her broken marriage, until she learns about the passing of her childhood companion's spouse on Facebook. Having been disconnected from this woman for over 30 years over a misunderstanding, Sujata finds the courage to reach out to send her condolences. They reconnect, sparking friction when Sujata's controlling husband, Dr. Chopra, finds out.(description taken from IMDB: https://www.imdb.com/title/tt9075918/plotsummary?ref_=tt_ov_pl)