EIU celebrates Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in April
(Charleston, IL) – Throughout April, Eastern Illinois University will Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a variety of events on campus. Due to COVID restrictions, events will either be held virtually or with purposefully spaced accommodations.
Public events at EIU for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month will include:
- Sunday, April 11, 7 p.m.
Virtual Concert: Korean Art Song Concert
Doudna Fine Arts Center LiveStream
This concert will be led by Dr. Julie Junghwa Park (Music Director), Conor L. Baltz (Technical Director) and Alice Gong (Accompanist).
- Monday, April 12, 6 to 7 p.m.
AAPI: #EIUnited Against Asian Hate Virtual Candlelight Vigil
Join the EIU community to stand against racism and violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The vigil will pay tribute to the victims and will include a virtual candle ceremony, reflections focusing on racism and the challenges faced by the Asian-American/Pacific Islander community.
- Tuesday, April 13, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Teach Me Tuesdays: A Taste of Teas
Martin Luther King Jr. University Union, Bridge Lounge
Celebrate tea culture and get free samplings of Asian teas from around the world courtesy of Java B&B. Participants will be entered into a grand prize drawing for a chance to win a traditional Chinese ceramic teapot.
- Wednesday, April 14, 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Glimpses of Vietnam
This session will highlight the country of Vietnam, its culture being one of the oldest in southeast Asia. Join EIU seniors Anh Bui and An Nguyen as they talk about the rich history and traditions of their home country.
- Tuesday, April 20, 6 to 7 p.m.
Teach Me Tuesdays: Origami Take & Make
Sign up: eiu.edu/Origami
Join the University Board for a fold-tastic time – pick up a kit to create amazing origami designs from the comfort of home. Origami kits may be picked up on Tuesday, April 20th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the MLK Jr. Union Bridge Lounge Walkway. Origami the art of paper folding is rooted in Asia and reflects the ingenuity and aesthetics of Japanese culture.
- Wednesday, April 21, to 3 to 4 p.m.
International Education Reception
Since the 1990s, the International Education Reception has recognized outstanding faculty, staff and students for their commitment to international education. Awards and scholarships are presented.
- Friday, April 23, 2 to 3 p.m.
The Art of Japanese Calligraphy
The art of Japanese calligraphy is more than just writing kanji – join in an online workshop with Tsuyoshi Suzuki and Kazuto Shiotani to learn the fundamental techniques of traditional Japanese calligraphy.
- Tuesday, April 27, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Teach Me Tuesdays: Traditional Chinese Kite Take & Make Kit
Martin Luther King Jr. University Union, Bridge Lounge Walkway
Sign up: eiu.edu/Kite
Learn about the origin and history of Chinese kites and some general facts about them. While supplies last, participants can pre-register and pick-up kite kits in the MLK Jr. Union Bridge Lounge Walkway.
For more information about EIU, or to learn more about its growing assortment of programs and services, visit the university’s website at www.eiu.edu, or call EIU’s public information office at (217) 581-7400.