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Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month

Celebrate APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American)
Heritage Month

March 31 - May 7

More than one dozen opportunities to celebrate APIDA heritage await the Lake County community at CLC. Events are free and virtual!

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Open to the Public

National Cambodian Heritage Museum performance/workshop
2-3 p.m.

Music and dance play a significant role in Cambodian traditions and cultures. Come learn more about Cambodian history and culture through a collaborative event presented by the National Cambodian Heritage Museum.  Presenters will provide musical performances and dance demonstrations along with discussion.  Participants will be able to engage with presenters through Q&As. To learn more about the National Cambodian Heritage Museum and Killing Fields Memorial, please visit

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Keynote event: Fatimah Asghar reading and fireside chat
3 p.m.

Join us for a reading and fireside chat with writer and filmmaker Fatimah Asghar. In 2011, Asghar created a spoken word poetry group in Bosnia and Herzegovina while on a Fulbright studying theater in post-genocidal countries. She is the writer and co-creator of Brown Girls, an Emmy-Nominated web series. A Ruth Lily and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellow, she was also featured on the 2017 Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list. She is the author of If They Come For Us, and the co-editor of Halal If You Hear Me, an anthology that celebrates Muslim writers who are also women, queer, gender nonconforming and/or trans. For more on Fatima Asghar, visit

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For CLC students and staff

Nicole Chung creative writing workshop, Spring Reading Series
3-4 p.m.

30 free copies of Chung’s book will be made available to students who wish to attend the workshop on a first come/first serve basis. The books will be available in LancerZone starting 3/15/21—please let your students know. Sponsored by the English Department. For more on Nicole Chung, visit

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Nicole Chung reading, Spring Reading Series
7 p.m.

Author Nicole Chung will read from her national bestselling memoir, All You Can Ever Know: “Growing up in small-town Oregon as a Korean-American adopted by white parents was a lonely experience…Chung’s memoir is more than a thoughtful consideration of race and heritage in America. It is the story of sisters finding each other, overcoming bureaucracy, abuse, separation, and time” (The New Yorker). Sponsored by the English Department.

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Always Be My Maybe Netflix watch party
8 p.m.

Join us on Netflix for Friday movie night featuring comedy legend Ali Wong! Childhood sweethearts have a falling out and don't speak for 15 years, only reconnecting as adults when famous chef Sasha runs into hometown musician Marcus in San Francisco. What could have been a routine, predictable fairy tale instead stands out with spirited performances and spot-on cultural observations, establishing its own unique identity and savoring aspects of Asian American cultures (2019, time length: 1h 42m).  Note: Google Chrome required, and you will need to download the free Teleparty extension at While we won't be using Zoom, registration through Zoom is required so we can send you an email right before the screening to join the watch party.

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Confronting Anti-Blackness in Asian American Communities,
3 p.m.

The murder of George Floyd resulted in a national uprising against anti-Black racism and Americans across racial groups are now engaging in complex and oftentimes uncomfortable conversations about race privilege and racism. This interactive discussion, led by Communications instructor Cindu Thomas-George, will explore the concept of anti-Blackness and will encourage participants to engage in cross-racial allyship and help disrupt anti-Black racism within their own families and Asian communities. Please note that this is an interactive discussion and participants should come ready to have their cameras on.

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Model Minority, Perpetual Foreigner, Yellow Peril? Challenging Old and New Stereotypes about Asian Americans
1 p.m.

The COVID-19 pandemic has seen a resurgence of anti-Asian sentiment and violence in the United States. However, racist stereotypes about Asian Americans are nothing new and have strategically served the interests of those in power long before this moment. In this talk, English, Humanities, and Asian American Studies instructor Jenny Lee will discuss the roots of anti-Asian violence in America and the ways in which anti-Asian stereotypes have emerged and evolved over time. Attendees will come away with strategies to recognize and confront these stereotypes on campus and in their communities.

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Huge thanks to our amazing APIDA committee!

Michelle Cai and Holly Rosales (CLC students)
Christina Gardner
Jenny Lee
Susan Ros
Cindu Thomas-George