CMU celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2014


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Nationally, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated annually in the United States during the month of May. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution proclaiming the first 10 days in May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month long recognition. In 1992, the month of May was officially designated as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month by law.

May was chosen because it commemorates the immigration of the first Japenese to the United States in 1843. May also marks the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 which was work performed by mostly Chinese immigrants.

Here at Central Michigan University, we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month from March 15 until April 15.  In 2008, CMU students indicated they wanted more than a week-long celebration for Asian Pacific American Heritage.   The dates March 15-April 15 were chosen as an ideal time to celebrate, learn and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders have made to American history, society and culture.  


The keynote speaker for Asian Pacific Heritage Month is Kip Fulbeck. 

Kip Fulbeck is a pioneering artist, spoken word performer, and filmmaker. He has been featured on CNN, MTV, The TODAY Show, and PBS, and has performed and exhibited in over twenty countries and throughout the U.S.

He is the author of several books including Mixed: Portraits of Multiracial Kids; Part Asian, 100% Hapa; and Permanence: Tattoo Portraits, as well as the director of a dozen short films including Banana Split and Lilo & Me.

Fulbeck teaches as a professor of Art at the University of California, Santa Barbara, where he received the University’s Distinguished Teaching Award and has been named an Outstanding Faculty Member five times

For a full detailed listing of the 2014 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month events taking place on the campus of Central Michigan University, please click here.

If you are an office, department, or organization at CMU and would like your event to be added to the detailed calendar, please send your detailed information to MASS@CMICH.EDU.

Many events are free and open to the public.  All seating is on a first come, first-served basis. 






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