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Heritage & Health Series Program

Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month 

Asian & Pacific Islander Month

Celebrate Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage with us starting May 2021!

 See last year's events recordings.

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Thursday, May 6

KDrama Boba Tea with President Thuy
12-1 p.m.

Share your favorite KDrama and win boba tea giveaways with the KDrama quiz!

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If you don’t already have a Zoom link, please request event access via email with your first and last name and CWID to Erin Ortiz at ortizerin@foothill.edu.

 

Welcome Week Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Ceremony
2-2:30 p.m.

 Join us in celebrating Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month with FC President Thuy, student speakers, performance by student leader Fatai Heimuli singing “'E 'Otua, Tataki Au”, viewing of traditional Lion Dancing & much more!

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If you don’t already have a Zoom link, please request event access via email with your first and last name and CWID to Erin Ortiz at ortizerin@foothill.edu.

 

Lecture Series I: Fighting Back against Anti-Asian Violence and Hate Speech
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Featuring FC English Professor Scott Lankford, and author/activist SFSU Assoc Professor of Creative Writing, May-lee Chai. May-lee Chai has become a frequent guest on national and statewide talk shows focused on fighting back against Anti-Asian Violence and Hate Speech in America. https://may-leechai.com/about/

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If you don’t already have a Zoom link, please request event access via email with your first and last name and CWID to Erin Ortiz at ortizerin@foothill.edu.

 

Monday, May 10

Food Series: Cooking with Ria 
Noon-1 p.m.

Featuring FC ASFC student leader Ria Vidyasagar! Ria and her mom will be making a South Indian Breakfast dish called Dosa and Chutney.  Dosa is a thin pancake or crepe originating from South India, made from a fermented batter predominantly consisting of lentils and rice. Chutney is type of sauce that is made from fruits or vegetables with vinegar, spices, and sugar. 
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Tuesday, May 11  

Yoga: The Origins & Importance
Noon-1 p.m.

Join Project Hope Club and Yoga Instructor Ruby Walia for a Yoga Session, exploring the origins of Yoga and its importance to Hinduism and history.

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If you don’t already have a Zoom link, please request event access via email with your first and last name and CWID to Venicia Massey at masseyvenicia@fhda.edu.

More Information

Ruby Walia was born and brought up in North India. She holds a Law degree by
qualification, but by profession she is a Cosmetologist. In 2003, Ruby founded
Ruby’s Beauty Studio, and has been running her business successfully. She is also a founder of a U.S. based non-profit organization called “Touch A Soul”, that serves
underprivileged school children by sponsoring their school meals, providing free
online tutoring sessions, as well as leading backpack and toy drives. Ruby is a
practitioner of wellness and mindfulness. She is certified in 200 hours of yoga
teacher training, a Reiki master (level 1 and 2), Chakra balancing, and energy
healing. She started her yoga journey in 2012 that led to Meditation. After
experiencing enormous benefits of practicing yoga and meditation, she got deeply
involved in it. She wanted to share the same with the community and started giving
free yoga sessions once a month. Ruby founded “Ekom Yoga” in 2020, and now
teaches private yoga sessions online. In May 2020, on International Yoga Day, she
got an invitation from India to do an online session of yoga, where 300+ people
attended the session.

Ruby believes that Yoga is a union of mind and body. Yoga not only keeps us
physically fit, but it also enhances the wellness of our mind. Yoga is transformative.
Yoga also teaches you how to make better decisions. Everything about practicing
yoga involves intention—you set apart time in your day to do it, you move in a
specific manner, breathe in a specific way. And when you are mindful and
deliberate in your yoga practice, you create the opportunity to become more
mindful and deliberate in your life.  https://rubysletshare.blog/

 

Art Presentation: Mana, Wayfinding, and Tattoo in Oceanic and Pacific Island Art History 
4-5 p.m.

An introduction to the art and history of Oceanic cultures of the Pacific Islands. Discussion topics will include concepts of sacred power, community, and journeying in wayfinding and walkabouts. Join us and get to know the resiliency of these survivors of colonialism and perhaps the most vulnerable to climate change among us.

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Wednesday, May 12

Art Presentation II: Foothill ISP & Kularts Co-Present “Stories from Asian Diasporas”
Noon-1 p.m.

A panel presentation on creative renditions of Asian histories and realities as a means of awareness and a path to healing. With collaborating artists, Alleluia Panis and Wilfred Galila from Kulintang Arts, Inc., founded in 1985, now known popularly as Kularts, the premier presenter of contemporary and tribal Pilipino arts in the United States. More Information: https://www.kularts-sf.org/she-who-can-see1,  https://www.kularts-sf.org/lakbai-diwa,  https://www.kularts-sf.org/inthebelly
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More Information

Featuring excerpts from their collaborations:

She, Who Can See: 
    She, Who Can See is based on stories of people who have abilities to communicate with spirits. Western contemporary society considers this phenomenon as a medical condition, while ‘tribal’ or aboriginal cultures of the world revere this ability to communicate with the ancients as a most precious and sacred gift. Considered taboo and hidden from the public, this dance film hopes to enlighten and lay bare the hardships when ancient beliefs collide with the modern world.

In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity:
    In the Belly of the Eagle: Man@ng is Deity pays tribute to the lives of the ‘manong’ generation—the first wave of cheap imported Pilipinx laborers (1915s - 1930s) who powered the ever expanding needs of the developing US empire. Inspired by actual experiences of diasporic Pilipinx men and women who migrated or were born in the US before the 1950s, their stories are told through the memory of the fictional character Valentino ‘Baleng’ Pablo. 

Lakbai Diwa, Diasporic Spirit:
    Lakbai Diwa is a 2020 multi-disciplinary project that explores ancestral oceanic culture of survival, resilience, and prosperity with over 35 participating Diasporic and Philippine artists and cultural practitioners. Project activities bridge indigeneity with contemporary artistic experiences that represent the resilience and transformative values of the diasporic Pilipinx people.
Lakbai Diwa explores the ways we navigate our lives in the diaspora, our ways of healing and wellness, and the values that we bring on our journeys.

Chai Talk & Bharatanatyam
4-5 p.m.

 Join us for an hour of making traditional Masala Chai,  sharing Indian Culture, & performances of Bharatanatyam classical dance. Featuring FC student leader Venicia Massey & classically trained Bharatanatyam dancer Srushti Adesara. 

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Srushti Adesara is an avid Bharatnatyam dancer and is a current senior at Cupertino High School. She has been learning this dance form for the past 9 years and is currently training for her arrangetram, a recital that graduating dancers showcase. She believes that Bharatnatyam has connected her with her cultural roots and has developed her as an individual.

Thursday, May 13

Lecture Series II: Sneha Gandhi White, Co-author of International Women of Color Who Boss Up.
2:30-3:20 p.m.

Featuring FC English Professor Scott Lankford, and Foothill Alum, Sneha Gandhi White, a Bay Area Educator and Success Coach who helps to empower women of color nationwide. https://bossupbestseller.com/international-women-of-color

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If you don’t already have a Zoom link, please request event access via email with your first and last name and CWID to Erin Ortiz at ortizerin@foothill.edu.

 

Friday, May 14

Stop the Hate
12:15-1:30 p.m.

Join FC Communications Professor Ché Meneses & Ohlone College Communication Studies Professor Larissa Favela, in a conversation on Biculturalism, focused on Anti-Racism, Anti-violence against Asian and all people of color.

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If you don’t already have a Zoom link, please request event access via email with your first and last name and CWID to Venicia Massey at masseyvenicia@fhda.edu.

 

Monday, May 17

Film Discussion: Generation Rising
10-11:15 a.m.

Join Sociology Professor John Fox and Equity Librarian Laura Gamez as they facilitate a discussion on  Generation Rising from the PBS documentary series Asian Americans. “During a time of war and social tumult, a young generation fights for equality in the fields, on campuses and in the culture, and claim a new identity: Asian Americans. The war’s aftermath brings new immigrants and refugees who expand the population and the definition of Asian America.” 

FILM LINK

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If you don’t already have a Zoom link, please request event access via email with your first and last name and CWID to Erin Ortiz at ortizerin@foothill.edu.

 

Tuesday, May 18

Film Screening: 'Chinatown Rising' Excerpts and Discussion
10-11:15 a.m.

Against the backdrop of the Civil Rights Movement of the mid-1960s, a young San Francisco Chinatown resident armed with a 16mm camera and leftover film scraps from a local TV station, turned his lens onto his community. Totaling more than 20,000 feet of film (10 hours), Harry Chuck's exquisite unreleased footage has captured a divided community's struggles for self-determination. Chinatown Rising is a documentary film about the Asian-American Movement from the perspective of the young residents on the front lines of their historic neighborhood in transition. Through publicly challenging the conservative views of their elders, their demonstrations and protests of the 1960s-1980s rattled the once quiet streets during the community’s shift in power. Forty-five years later, in intimate interviews these activists recall their roles and experiences in response to the need for social change. Discussion and Q&A with the film's Co-director, Josh Chuck, follows the excerpts.

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If you don’t already have a Zoom link, please request event access via email with your first and last name and CWID to Erin Ortiz at ortizerin@foothill.edu.

 

Wednesday, May 19

Lecture Series III: Mete Özel, Turkish Poet
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Featuring FC English Professor Scott Lankford, and Turkish Poet Mete Özel!

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Monday, May 24

Art Presentation III: Foothill ISP & Str8jacket Co-Present “Start Asian Love through Hip Hop”
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Bay Area performers from Str8jacket (a predominant Asian dance team) and Hip Hop for Change (a non-profit) utilize dance as a tool for resiliency and activism. Together, they present on Afro-Asian solidarity, racial trauma, training, and healing resources.
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Tuesday, May 25 

Lecture Series IV: API Women in Leadership
11 a.m.-Noon

Featuring new ASFC President Fatai Heimuli and Mountain View City Mayor Ellen Kamei! https://www.ellenkamei.com

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Public, please request event access via email with your first and last name to Veronica Hernandez at casashernandezveronica@fhda.edu. Students & Staff please request event access via email with first, last name & CWID  to Erin Ortiz at ortizerin@fhda.edu.


Equity & Empowerment
3-3:30 p.m.

Featuring Pauline Brown, ASFC President-Elect Fatai Heimuli, FEI, and APAN! 

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If you don’t already have a Zoom link, please request event access via email with your first and last name and CWID to Erin Ortiz at ortizerin@foothill.edu.

 

Wednesday, May 26

Ethnic Studies Panel
Noon-1 p.m.

Join us as we engage in community discourse surrounding Pacific Islander historical erasure, the importance of establishing ethnic studies, and the impact this could have on PI students. The panel will feature members of the Chabot college community, as they have been successful in establishing ‘Intro to Pacific Islands and Oceania Studies’.

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Orientalism in Picture Postcards
3-4 p.m.

Picture postcards of SF Chinatown from the early 1900s were used to spread stereotypes of the Chinese both in the United States and abroad. Join FC Photography Professor Ron Herman and students from PHOT 8H to learn about their project that explores the artistic conventions that were employed by postcard photographers/publishers and illustrates the spread of these racial stereotypes.

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If you don’t already have a Zoom link, please request event access via email with your first and last name and CWID to Venicia Massey at masseyvenicia@fhda.edu

 

Thursday, May 27

Lecture Series V: Women in Bangladesh
2:30-3:30 p.m.

Featuring FC English Professor Scott Lankford, and Foothill Alum, Kareeda Kabir. Kareeda is a principal contributor the new anthology "No Planet B: A Teen Vogue Guide to the Climate Crisis" focusing on women in Bangladesh. https://www.teenvogue.com/story/no-planet-b-climate-change-book-launch 

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Friday, May 28

Reading & Conversation with Author Karen Tei Yamashita
Noon-1 p.m.

Writer and National Book Award nominee, Karen Tei Yamashita, will join Foothill to discuss her work, including the acclaimed I Hotel which chronicles the Asian American movement in San Francisco during the 60s and 70s. Comprised of stories that capture a wild array of perspectives, the novel uses equally wild literary innovation to imagine past social justice struggles--including battles to establish college Ethnic Studies programs, to protest war in Asia, and to fight against anti-Asian violence and aggression at home. Across her works, Yamashita exposes and satirizes past moments, and with rollicking humor and insight speaks loudly to our current reality. Yamashita's numerous works, including Tropic of Orange, Circle K Cycles, Letters to Memory, and most recently Sansei and Sensibility, are widely revered for their transnational focus and for bending the boundaries of genre in order to call critical attention to flows of labor, struggles for justice (visible and disappeared), and the act of storytelling. https://cres.ucsc.edu/faculty/regular-faculty.php?uid=ktyamash

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API Library Resources

Visit our Asian Pacific Islander Library page for a list of books, videos, websites and other great resources. 

Learn more about the contributions generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders have made to American history, society and culture.

 

Did You Know?

Our Foothill campus includes a Japanese Culture Center and Bambo Garden.  Learn about the center here.

Watch the 19-minute video—narrated by Dr. Michiko Hiramatsu, founder of Foothill's Japanese language program. She provides a look into an authentic Japanese Tea Ceremony held at the Foothill College Japanese Cultural Center during an autumn day in 1987.
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