AAPI Heritage Month celebrated


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After two years of remaining virtual, Grossmont College is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month live with aloha spirit.

May marks national AAPI Heritage Month, and Grossmont College will open and close the month’s celebrations with games, dancing, cultural presentations and food, beginning outdoors on May 4 in the campus’ Main Quad and wrapping up May 18 at Griffin Gate.

Cuyamaca College will host online AAPI Month events, with links to be posted on its Culture & Community Circle Workshops page, https://tinyurl.com/yc5jef4b. Grossmont’s mix of in-person and virtual events will all be streamed online. Links are posted on the college’s AAPI page, www.grossmont.edu/campaigns/2022/spring/api.php/.   Please RVSP through the same link if you plan to attend the Grossmont College events in person.

All events are free and open to the public.

June Yang, co-coordinator of Grossmont College’s AAPI events, said this year’s celebratory spirit is a welcome departure from the grim news during the pandemic and the continuing specter of anti-Asian racism and violence.

“We choose to heal by celebrating who we are -- proud folks with joy and pride in our heritage and cultures,” she said. “We also prepare and enjoy some of the world's best cuisines. We encourage everyone to join us as we celebrate our return on campus with Squid Games, Korean BBQ, a pajama movie party, and many more informative and joyful events.”

Daniela Sow, co-coordinator, said, “Generations of Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have added to the nation’s rich, multicultural tapestry, and we wish to recognize that.”

At Grossmont College, the events are being coordinated by the API Committee and sponsored by the World Arts and Cultures Committee and Student Affairs, and will include:

At Cuyamaca College, AAPI events will include:

In 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450 which annually designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. Track layers were predominantly Chinese immigrants.

For more information about Grossmont and Cuyamaca colleges, go to www.gcccd.edu.


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