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2021Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Solidarity: History,
Community & Culture


Campus Film Screening: Asian Americans PBS Documentary

Monday, April 5, 3-8 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. University Union, Charleston/Mattoon Room

This five-part series traces the story of Asian Americans, spanning 150 years of immigration, racial politics, international relations and cultural innovation. It is a timely, clear-eyed look at the vital role that Asian Americans have played in defining who we are as a nation.

Teach Me Tuesdays: Chinese Lantern Making Kit Take & Make

Tuesday, April 6, 11 am – 1 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. University Union, Bridge Lounge Walkway

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Enjoy a Take & Make craft kit with all the supplies needed to make a fun craft safely at home! Lantern kits may be picked up on Tuesday, April 6 from 11 am - 1 pm in the MLK Jr. Union Bridge Lounge Walkway.

Korean Art Song Concert

Sunday, April 11, 7 pm
Doudna Fine Arts Center LiveStream 

This enjoyable concert will be led by Dr. Julie Junghwa Park (Music Director), Conor L. Baltz (Technical Director) and Alice Gong (Accompanist).

AAPI: #EIUnited Against Asian Hate Virtual Candlelight Vigil

Monday, April 12, 6 - 7 pm

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.

Teach Me Tuesdays: A Taste of Teas

Tuesday, April 13, 11 am – 1 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. University Union, Bridge Lounge

Come 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 tea pot!

Glimpses of Vietnam

Wednesday, April 14, 2 pm - 3 pm

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.

Teach Me Tuesdays: Origami Take & Make

Tuesday, April 20, 6 - 7:00 pm
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Join University Board for a fold-tastic time! Pick up a kit to create amazing origami designs from the comfort of your home. Origami kits may be picked up on Tuesday, April 20th from 11 am - 1 pm 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.

International Education Reception   

Wednesday, April 21, - 3 - 4 pm

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.

The Art of Japanese Calligraphy

Friday, April 23, 2 - 3 pm

The art of Japanese calligraphy is more than just writing kanji – join us in an online workshop with Tsuyoshi Suzuki and Kazuto Shiotani to learn the fundamental techniques of traditional Japanese calligraphy.

Teach Me Tuesdays: Traditional Chinese Take & Make Kite Kit 

Tuesday, April 27, 11 am - 1 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. University Union, Bridge Lounge Walkway
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Here’s your chance to learn about the origin and history of Chinese kites, and you may be surprised with some facts you will find out. While supplies last, pre-register and pick-up your kite kit in the MLK Jr. Union Bridge Lounge Walkway.

Asian Languages: Reading with Mrs. Bosler’s 3rd Grade Class

Tuesday, April 27, 11:10 - 11:40 am
Sponsored by International Students & Scholars
Carl Sandburg Elementary School

Sponsored by the Office of Inclusion & Academic Engagement, University Board & EIU Student Government, Doudna Fina Arts Center, Office of International Students and Scholars.

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Mona Y. Davenport, Ph.D.
Executive Director

1122 - Blair Hall

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