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Bovey Lee, We Are All Mountaineers (Exit), 2018. Purchased with funds from the Escalette Endowment

Chapman Celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month 

This April, Chapman University is celebrating the vast and rich contributions, stories and experiences of those from Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American (APIDA) heritage with a month-long series of virtual events hosted by Chapman’s Cross-Cultural Center, in collaboration with departments across campus.

All events will be held virtually and are open to the entire Chapman community. Join us as we honor and stand in solidarity with the APIDA community.

Kick-Off Campaign: The Asian Identity, April 5, 8 p.m.

Follow @chapmancrosscultural on Instagram to take part in the APIDA education campaign, featuring discussions on the model minority myth, colorism, mental health and more.

A Conversation on Colorism with Student Panelists and Ryan Alexander Holmes, April 8, 4 p.m.

Join the Cross-Cultural Center for a panel discussion on colorism within both Asian & Black culture and what allyship looks like for Asian and Black communities. The event will feature  actor and activist Ryan Alexander Holms and student panelists. 

Inside OC: Little Saigon Community Discussion, April 14, 1 p.m. 

The Cross-Cultural Center presents a virtual discussion on the historical significance of Little Saigon and the Vietnamese-American community. Join this discussion to reflect on matters of identity and discuss ways to support the local APIDA community.

Desi Fashion Show, April 15

Follow @chapmancrosscultural on Instagram to take part in this virtual fashion show featuring students from the South Asian Student Association (SASA).

APSA APIDA Celebration, April 22, 6 p.m.

Hosted by the Asian Pacific Islander Student Association (APSA), APIDA Celebration is an annual multicultural event that brings Asian Pacific Islander Desi American performers, from inside and outside of the Chapman community, together to showcase their talent and celebrate APIDA culture. This year’s live stream event will feature several artists and performers including Priska, Raja, Miknna, Will Jay and other APIDA artist /performers.

Follow @ChapanCrossCultural for more updates on APIDA Heritage Month events.


Michelle Anguka