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Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month celebration kicks off May 1

| Diane Walkoff

The Office of Multicultural Affairs at UW-Eau Claire will host online events and provide a number of relevant, educational resources in honor of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, which begins May 1.

Historically, May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese immigrants to the U.S. and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad for which Chinese immigrants played a significant role as laborers.

Charles Vue, OMA office portrait

Charles Vue

Charles Vue, associate director of UW-Eau Claire's Office of Multicultural Affairs, shares his perspectives on the monthlong commemoration.

"To me, Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month is about embracing who I am,” Vue says. “Most people should be proud of who we are most of the time. Throughout May, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the U.S. will take extra time to highlight our past and present through displays, books and videos to learn and reflect on our racial and ethnic identities and pay tribute to the generations who shaped us and our nation's history. When we connect and learn, we are in better condition to celebrate and embrace differences.” 

Following are campus events and resources offered in honor of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month:

May 1, 5 p.m.: Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Kickoff Event

  • Connect via Bluejeans, a web-based videoconferencing service.
  • Charles Vue will serve as master of ceremonies.
  • Dang Yang, Office of Multicultural Affairs director, will provide remarks.
  • Members of the Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month Planning Committee will provide reflections.
  • Conference participants are welcome to share their reflections.
David Shih

Dr. David Shih

May 7, noon-1 p.m.: Blugold Dialogue: “Bamboo Ceiling,” presented by Dr. David Shih, associate professor of English

  • Connect via Bluejeans.
  • Through this Blugold Dialogue, Shih will lead participants in discussion about the impacts of the "bamboo ceiling" as it relates to challenges Asian Americans face in a professional setting. “The bamboo ceiling is a metaphor describing the barrier between Asian Americans and career advancement in a predominately white institution," Shih says. 

May 8-30: Asian Historical Day: Multiple Resources
Explore the resources below at your own pace to learn more about the historical movements and contemporary issues facing Asian and Pacific Islander American communities.

Articles:

Videos:

Films:

  • My TV10 Films (require UW-Eau Claire login): "Crazy Rich Asians" (2018); "Better Luck Tomorrow" (2002); "Enter the Dragon" (1973); and "Princess Kaiulani" (2009).
  • "Maineland" (2017). A documentary filmed over three years in China and the U.S., "Maineland" is a multi-layered coming-of-age tale that follows two affluent and cosmopolitan Chinese teenagers as they settle into a school in blue-collar rural Maine. This film is available for CETL EDI Tier 2 training (UW-Eau Claire login required). Follow this link for instructions or view the film directly. 

For more information, please contact Charles Vue at vuecc@uwec.edu or Casey Moua at mouacc5674@uwec.edu.