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Office of Multicultural Affairs
phone: (208) 885-7716
fax: (208) 885-9494
TLC 230
875 Peremeter Drive MS 2439
Moscow, ID 83844-2439

AAPIA Heritage Month

Asian-American Pacific Island Heritage Month

In 1990, President George Bush designated May as “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.” May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States in 1843. Many colleges and universities typically celebrate this heritage month in April while students are still on campus.

2015 Upcoming Events

India Night
Date: Saturday, April 4
Time: 5:00 - 8:00 pm
Location: International Ballroom, Pitman Center
Description: The Indian Students' Association at the University of Idaho is pleased to invite you all to its flagship event of the year India Night 2015.  India Night is the largest Indian cultural extravaganza organized at the University of Idaho campus which is open to all public. Get ready to have delicious authentic Indian food, Indian classical and folk dance, fashion show and short presentations which explain the culture, heritage, tradition and diversity in India. Ticket Prices : Students: $10, Others: $12, and children below 5yrs: Free. 

Chinese Movie Night: Mountain Patrol Kekexili
Date: Wednesday, April 8
Time: 7:00 pm
Location: Kenworthy Performing Arts Centre
Description:  The University of Idaho Confucius Institute would like to invite you to join them for their Chinese Movie Night!  Kekexili, the largest animal reserve in China, is home to many rare species including the Tibetan antelope. Prized for its skin that is used in making luxurious, albeit illegal, shahtoosh scarves the antelope's numbers have been dwindling drastically in the past 20 years as poachers slaughter the animals, often hundreds at a time. In the 1990s, local Tibetans formed a volunteer patrol to try to stop the illegal poaching - sometimes at the cost of their own lives. Mountain Patrol: Kekexili chronicles the life-and-death struggle between these volunteers and the poachers, and takes place in the 5,000-meter (3.1 mile) high Kekexili on the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau.  Sponsored by the Confucius Institute.  

WSU 3rd Annual Fiafia Festival

Date: Friday, April 10
Time: 6:30 pm 
Location: Mormon Hall/Gym LDS Church 1055 NE Orchard Dr. Pullman, WA
Description: The Miamitagoa O Samoa (MOS) Club of WSU is hosting their 3rd Annual Fiafia festival.  This event is to show and honor the beautiful island of Samoa and its heritage and culture through music, food and entertainment. Free Admission. 

WSU 30th Annual Mom’s Weekend Lu’au
Date: Saturday, April 11 
Time: 5:00-7:00 pm 
Location: Gladish Community & Cultural Center 
Description: The WSU Hui Hau’oli ‘O Hawai’i  club presents their 30th annual Lu’au.  Their goal is to share their culture with the community ghrough dance, song and food.  Ticket Prices $10 for students with ID, $12 for presale general admission, and $15 at the door.  

China on the Palouse 
Date: Thursday, April 23
Time: 12:00 pm
Location: Clearwater, Idaho Commons
Description: China on the Palouse provides University of Idaho students and community members an opportunity to learn more about China in a comfortable, informal setting. Each night, a different topic related to Chinese culture is selected and discussed. These gatherings are a wonderful opportunity for students to meet new friends, engage with native Chinese speakers, and learn more about China. All are welcome to join!

Keynote Speaker: Dr. John Streamas “Many Cultures One Voice: Promote Equality and Inclusion” and Halau @ U of I
Date: Thursday, April 23
Time: 6:00 pm
Location: International Ballroom, Pitman Center
Description:In honor of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, please join us for our Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Keynote Speaker Dr. Streamas, Associate Professor Department of Critical Culture, Gender, and Race Studies at WSU. Dr. Streamas will be addressing the National Theme “Many Cultures One Voice: Promote Equality and Inclusion.” In addition, the Miamitagoa O Samoa (MOS) Club and Hui Hau’oli ‘O Hawai’i student organizations from WSU will be performing traditional dances and give a workshop after their performances. A hālau is Hawaiian word meaning a school, academy, or group. Literally, the word means "a branch from which many leaves grow." Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Internment of Japanese Americans During WWII
Date: Thursday, April 30
Time: 5:00 pm
Location: TLC 022
Description: Dr. Stacey Camp, Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the UI, shares the history of the Internment of Japanese & Japanese Americans in Kooskia, Idaho during World War II. Dr. Camp will discuss how this impacted the state of Idaho, the infringement on their civil liberties, and how this still affects us as a nation today.

Events are still in the planning stages.  Please check back soon.