Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration 2021
Throughout May, Queens College has scheduled events for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, highlighting the history and cultural contributions of the diverse AAPI community and addressing the recent precipitous rise in anti-Asian hate crime across the United States. Programming, presented virtually, includes concerts, panel discussions, and the photo exhibition Thirty Years of Asia America by Corky Lee, a Queens College alumnus who died earlier this year of COVID-19. All events are free and open to the public; in some instances, reservations are required.
March in Flushing: “We Belong Here: Queens Rises Against Hate”
Sunday, May 2, 12:30-2:30 pm
Student, Faculty, and Staff from Queens College join the march and rally, led by Borough President Donovan Richards Jr., U.S. Rep. Grace Meng, and other leaders, including QC President Frank Wu. The event will take place in front of Flushing Town Hall, at 137-35 Northern Blvd in Flushing.
Film “Whose Children Are These?” (a documentary about immigrant youth in Post-9/11 New York City)
Monday, May 3, 12-1:30 pm
Discussion with the Filmmaker Theresa Thanjan will follow the film screening.
Event link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87819848488?pwd=em9LNUNNbnJHMHdTRGlqTHVCRWJxdz09
Panel Discussion “Anti-Asian Discrimination: Roots and Interventions”
Thursday, May 6, 12-1:30 pm
Prof. Madhulika Khandelwal, Director, Asian/American Center, Facilitator and Presenter
Prof. Kevin Shih, Economics Department, Presenter
Prof. Do Jun Lee, Urban Studies Department, Presenter
Event link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88993417580?pwd=dko0RlZ6Uk1iclVJWVNJQW1SdVczQT09
Celebrating Asian American Students’ Achievements While Combating Anti-Asian/American Sentiment. (Main Event)
Wednesday 12, 12-1:30 pm
Celebrating Asian American Students’ Achievements While Combating Anti-Asian/American Sentiment. Opening Remarks by QC Pr. Frank Wu, Announcement of A/AC’s Award Recipients, Presentations by students and faculty
Event link: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvdeCtrzopGNXWWUKcnn1wqFYUIMLKxX84
A Library Guide Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, May 2021
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Creating Life Stories Through Photograph: South Asian American Experience, led by Photographer Mahnoor Nasir Khan
Saturday, May 1, 2 pm-3:30 pm
Humans are storytelling creatures: joy, beauty, pain, and grief are part of everyone’s experience, but our individual stories are all different. Join us on a 3-week journey with photographer Mahnoor Nasir Khan, to create photographs as a means of creative expression – to explore and examine your own life; your identity, family history, connection to your origin country, memories and home. Learn how to express visually what your words can’t. This is a joint project between QC Rosenthal Library, Queens Public Library, and Queens Memory.For details and RSVP, view here
Model Minority vs. COVID-19: Education Through Crisis, for Asians in America
sponsored by Asian American Center, and Asian American / Asian Research Institute. Academics and a student representative discuss the racial backlash against Asians due to COVID-19, the historical context of racism against Asians in America.
Resource link: https://queenslibrary.aviaryplatform.com/r/2j6833n692
The Asian-American/Asian Research Institute
“Thirty Years of Asia America”, Images by Corky Lee
Corky Lee is Chinese American journalistic photographer, whose work significantly contributed in key events in Asian American political history. Corky shares his photo images and tells stories of Asians and Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders after 9/11 and other historical moments in American history.
Resource link: https://queensmemory.org/events-2/
Honors and Scholarships
Achievement Highlights of our AAPI alumni
Monday, May 10th, 12:15-1:30 pm
Speakers: QC AAPI alumni, QC president Frank Wu, and Moira Egan, Honors and Scholarship Advisor
Description: Please join the QC Fellowships office in celebrating the achievements of some recent alumni who are members of the AAPI community. We will discuss ways to celebrate diverse and intersecting identities in fellowship applications and specific opportunities and resources available to QC students. We are very pleased that President Wu will be joining us. The event will be held via Zoom and will be captioned. If anyone has other accessibility requirements, please contact the college's coordinator for national fellowships at email@example.com.
Event link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82484514394?pwd=S2JTajVTOHRWTW5VbklTQ1EwNGZsQT09
Aaron Copland School of Music
Gamelan Ensemble Concert
Wednesday, May 5, Free hour 12:15-1:30 pm
Gamelan Ensemble is a percussive orchestra from Bali, Indonesia. Students and faculty from ACSM showcase music from Bali, and will offer an educational talk of Gamelan ensemble, Bali, and its music and culture.
Event link: https://youtu.be/5w1cNFO22KQ
Asians/Asian-Americans/Pacific Islanders’ Contribution in the Arts in American Society
Monday, May 10th 7-8:15 pm
Prominent AAPI artists, arts community leaders, and students from ACSM will discuss AAPI’s contribution in the arts while addressing social and racial issues in America.
Event link: https://youtu.be/kjgAb4iQYS4
A virtual talk with a Photographer Artist Perry Hu
Tuesday, May 25, 7 pm
Perry Hu uses photography as a tool and medium of regard in both geographic and mental connection to the homeland of his parents who had departed it because of civil war. His photography and research activity in recent years has largely focused on a connection to ongoing developments in Chinese society.This program is presented in conjunction with GTM’s virtual exhibition PAGES FROM THE PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION: Feininger, Genthe, Gibson, Schwarzenbach, and Warhol
Event link: http://bit.ly/KCA-GTM-Perry-Hu
Kupferberg Center for the Arts
Music Makers: An Alumni Concert Series
: Wen-Ting Wu
Date: Wednesday, May 26, 7 pm
Kupferberg Center for the Arts presents, NY-based drummer, composer, and educator Wen-Ting Wu. Wen-Ting is a diverse artist from Taiwan with a background ranging from jazz to contemporary music. A Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music alum, Wen-Ting will be joined by acclaimed musicians from NYC’s vibrant jazz scene to present her original compositions that span the emotional and expressive landscape reflective of her personal and musical experiences. This concert was originally presented as part of Music Makers: An Alumni Concert Series featuring Graduates from the Aaron Copland School of Music.
Event link: http://bit.ly/KCA-Wen-Ting-Wu
Brooklyn Raga Massive
Date: Thursday, May 27, 7 pm
Praised by The Wall Street Journal for “expanding the notion of what raga—the immersive, epic form of Indian music—can mean,” and dubbed the “leaders of the raga renaissance” by The New Yorker, the fun-loving members of the Brooklyn Raga Massive collective have made huge waves for “preserving the past while blurring genres in an inventive spirit” (New York Times). Tradition to Innovation showcases the wide range of BRM’s artists from traditional Indian Classical music to raga inspired original compositions to Jazz. This concert was originally presented as part of Kupferberg Center’s Live at the Gantries Online Concert Series.
Event Link: http://bit.ly/KCA-BRM