UW-Parkside Hosts Series of Events in Honor of Asian Heritage Month

Published: March 29, 2023

SOMERS, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin-Parkside will honor and recognize the history, culture, and achievements of Asians, Pacific Islanders, Desis, Arabs and ALL people with heritage from the Asian continent during Asian Heritage Month in April. Starting with the Kick-Off event April 6 from 4-6 pm in the UW-Parkside Student Center Ballroom the celebration will begin with food, networking and a performance from the Hmong American Friendship Association Dance Team of Milwaukee.

Snigdha Reddy, a sophomore Biology major at UW-Parkside, noted, “I’m very excited about the Kick-off for Asian Heritage Month because I know a lot of hard work has gone into it and Parkside is really trying to be as inclusive as possible and bring many different groups of people together for this month.”

Asian Heritage Month is sponsored by various campus offices and collaborators including the Office of Multicultural Student Affairs (OMSA), the Office of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, Student Engagement and Connection, the UW-Parkside Library, and the Parkside Asian Organization. Dance, film, student-led activities, and discussion of critical issues will be among other highlights of the month.

“We have great pride in the month. We are not only showcasing just one part of Asian heritage. This month makes it able to shine light on the different ethnic groups within the Asian category. Asian people come in different shapes and sizes. People tend to stereotype all Asians as East Asians but there’s really a variety. The cultural traditions are unique to each ethnicity and that really shows the beauty of Asian culture,” Li Herr, junior Communications major and Vice President of Parkside Asian Organization said.

UW-Parkside’s Asian Heritage Month also includes screenings of Everything Everywhere All At Once, Academy Award winner for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress (Michelle Yeoh), Best Supporting Actor (Ke Huy Quan), Best Supporting Actress (Jamie Lee Curtis), Best Original Screenplay, and Best Film Editing. The film follows Evelyn Wang, a Chinese American immigrant who, while being audited by the IRS, must connect with parallel universe versions of herself to prevent a powerful being from destroying the multiverse. The film and popcorn are free and open to the public. There will also be a post-film discussion to follow the first screening.

Learn more about UW-Parkside’s Asian Heritage Month events.

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