APIDA Month

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Initially founded in 1977, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) honors and recognizes Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) people in the United States and their contributions that enhance and enrich U.S. American history. While the heritage month is nationally recognized during the month of May, Clemson celebrates APAHM during the month of April.


2022 APIDA programs are below:

Asian Pacific Islander Desi Awareness Month Keynote Lecture with Dr. Rubina F. Malik
April 5, 2022 | 6:00 pm | Register with ZOOM link: https://bit.ly/3KE8Y0Nrubinamalik.jpg
Dr. Rubina F. Malik is a Global Learning and Development Expert with over 20 years of experience in academia and consulting. Her scholarly activities expand and lend credibility to human capital development, ultimately creating real and practical globalized insights for individuals and organizations. As a strategic advisor and a champion of career sponsorship and leadership development, she is an expert in helping organizations enhance the engagement, retention, and promotion of diverse candidates. Competitive edge-driving organizations from start-ups to Fortune 500 global brands depend on her support and expertise to propel programs such as mentoring, career sponsorship and leadership development. Additionally, Rubina is a Tedx speaker and a popular guest speaker at conferences and podcasts. She is frequently published in industry magazines, including highly respected academic and business journals such as The Harvard Business Review. To fulfill her passion and commitment to the community, she is on several non-profit boards that actively supports education and equity-based incentives. Dr. Malik holds a Bachelor of Science, a Master of Business Administration, and a Doctor of Philosophy, with an emphasis on Human Resources Organization Development from the University of Georgia. She holds a DEI in the Workplace certificate, is also a certified associate certified coach (ACC) with the International Coaching Federation and is trained in assessments such as DiSC, EQi and Team Coaching International. A resident of Atlanta and Dubai she sets aside time in her schedule to run marathons, connect and drink tea (from Paris and England) with friends, read, enjoy a good crime show, and international travel. 
To view the recording of the lecture, click here.

The Favolosa Pianists 
April 6, 2022 | 8:00 pm | Brooks, 117 
Korean pianists, Joanna Kim, Sanghie Lee, and Mengyao Sun will perform a program titled, “Around the World with Piano.” The program will feature repertoire from Asia, Europe, and South America. This recital will consist of works for two-pianos/six hands. This concert is free.

Asian Pacific Islander Desi Awareness Month Lecture with Mr. Jimmy Chao 
April 8, 2022 | 12:30-2:30 pm| Student Senate Chambers (University Union), lunch will be provided  
Mr. Jimmy Chao will present a lecture titled, "A Historic Review of Asian Hate and Plan of Action.” Mr. Chao is a businessman, a community leader, and a strong advocate for racial Justice in Columbia, South Carolina. He was last year’s speaker for the Asian Awareness Month event organized by the S.C. Commission for Minority Affairs (CMA) and has been recently recommended by SC-CMA as a State Commissioner for minority affairs, particularly for AAPI. 

Asian Pacific Islander Desi Awareness Month Lecture with Dr. Russell Jeung
April 13th| 12:30-1:30 pm | Register with ZOOM link: https://bit.ly/3tKJCsw
Dr. Russell Jeung will present a lecture titled, “How Asian Americans Contribute to America’s Journey Towards Racial Justice.” Dr. Jeung, who was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in 2021, co-founded Stop AAPI Hate in March 2020, creating a forum in which Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders could file firsthand accounts of racism—the types of incidents that have gone unreported by government agencies and the media.
To view the recording of the lecture, click here.

Asian Student Association Gala - The Grand Masquerade
April 16th | 6:00-9:00 pm | Madren Center
Purchase tickets: https://forms.gle/efrYfUyuXG3VN2ro9 
Join the Asian Student Association at the annual gala to celebrate the APIDA month and have a great time as a campus community.  Please bring out your best look and join us for this festive occasion. Please purchase tickets for the gala here: https://forms.gle/efrYfUyuXG3VN2ro9 
For more information, please contact asiansa@g.clemson.edu

Presentation by Asian Librarians from UC Berkely and NYC
April 21st | 3:00-4:00 pm | Webinar, please register:  
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6405743070563816719

Jianye He is the Librarian for Chinese Collections at the University of California, Berkeley and a 2020 American Library Association (ALA)'s Love My Librarian Award Winner. Jennifer Shimada is the Senior Director of Library and Instructional Media, Relay School of Graduate Education. She is the Chair of the ALA's Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services Advisory Committee and an ALA Emerging Scholar. The two librarians will discuss librarianship as a career path for students of all backgrounds and provide advice on starting and achieving success in the library profession through a question-and-answer session with participants.
Webinar, please register:  
https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/6405743070563816719

Reiko Watanabe, Japanese Violinist  
April 26, 2022 | 7:30 pm | Brooks Center 
Reiko Watanabe will perform Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with the Clemson University Symphony Orchestra. Ms. Watanabe obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as a student of Joseph Fuchs at The Juilliard School, and studied chamber music with S. Rose, Jacob Lateiner, F. Galimir. She also studied with I. Stern, taking master classes of N. Milstein and J. Gingold. Widely praised for her brilliant technique and expressive playing, she was at 15 the youngest grand prizewinner in the history of all Japan Music Competition. She has captured top honors at several other prestigious international competitions, including the Paganini (1983, 1984, 1986), G.B.Viotti, resulting in engagements throughout the USA, Europe and Japan. 

Movie showing: Minari
April 29th | 6:00 –8:00 pm | Mckissick Theatre in Hendrix Center
The movie Minari provides a look into a Korean American family that moves to Arkansas in search of the American Dream. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and how they collectively create their life on a farm.



Social Media
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