Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month!

What is AAPI Heritage Month?

Curious about this annual celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage?

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May 18: Boba Tea Break

  • Wednesday, May 18
  • 2:30 p.m. until supplies run out
  • California History Center Patio

Join us to learn about AAPI Heritage Month and the Asian American and Asian Studies (ASAM) program at De Anza.

Enjoy a complimentary drink (one per person) and enter free prize drawings at 3 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (You must be present to win.) 

May 18 and 25: Leadership Series With Mer Curry Nuñez 

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These online sessions are for anyone – students, faculty or staff – who would like to gain a better understanding of their own leadership style and strengths, as well as tips on how to lead effectively and compassionately.

Meredith "Mer" Curry Nuñez is an experienced nonprofit executive and leadership consultant. Click each tab below for details and Zoom links.

This series is sponsored by APASA, the Office of Equity, and the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Center, with funding from De Anza Student Government (DASG). Questions about this series can be directed to Karen Chow at chowkaren@deanza.edu.

Session 1: Exploring Intersectionality in the Workplace

Mer Curry discusses intersectionalities and how it impacts leadership at work and school, and how you can explore what your strengths are.

Session 2: Defining Your Leadership Style

Learn how to acknowledge who you are, what you bring to the table, and adapt to present opportunities with specific strategies.

Session 3: Adopting Your Authentic Leadership Style

Taking what you learned on May 18, Join Mer Curry and others for office hours to ask questions, get feedback on goals, and get more leadership tips and tools.

  • Wednesday, May 25
  • 3:30-5 p.m.

May 19: "Everything, Everywhere, All at Once" (Employee Screening)

flyer with same information listed in textAPASA is offering 40 free tickets to Foothill-De Anza district employees for a private screening, followed by a discussion, of this new hit film starring Michelle Yeoh in a blend of action, comedy, science fiction and drama.

The screening will be at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 19 – but you must submit a ticket application no later than Monday, May 16.

Tickets are only available to employees of the Foothill-De Anza Community College District. One ticket application per person, please. 

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What Is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month?

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

A rather broad term, Asian Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.


Previous Activities for 2022:

A Taste of History: Metamorphosis

Metamorphosis ImagePlease join De Anza College President Lloyd Holmes for a special event co-hosted by the California History Center and the Euphrat Museum of Art, featuring the renowned jazz pianist, composer and bandleader, Jon Jang.

  • Saturday, May 7
  • 4:00 p.m.- 6:30 p.m.
  • Visual & Performing Arts Center (VPAC), De Anza College campus

For complete details, visit the A Taste of History website.

More About Jon Jang

John JangJang, a Palo Alto native, has a unique musical style that combines elements of jazz with traditional Asian forms inspired by both Asian American social justice struggles and the Black Arts Movement. He has performed in major concert halls and music festivals in Europe, China, Canada and the United States.  Jang's recent work includes "The Pledge of Black Asian Allegiance" and "CAGES: A Way to Interrogate History." 

Planetarium Show: Wayfinders – Waves, Winds & Stars 

  • Saturday, May 7
  • 7:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.
  • Fujitsu Planetarium, De Anza College campus
  • Tickets: $15 (up to 15 tickets sponsored by APASA on first-come, first served basis. Registration required by May 5.)

For more details, visit the Planetarium Tickets page or e-mail planetarium@fhda,edu

Wayfarers Astronomy Show imageIn celebration of the Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, APASA is sponsoring up to 15 tickets to this planetarium show.

This live-action fulldome program puts you on the deck of the voyaging canoe Hokule'a as you explore traditional Polynesian navigation. Learn how to read the stars and interpret the winds and waves to navigate without modern instruments. The film tells the story of the Polynesian Voyaging Society and the recovery of the nearly lost art and science of traditional, non-instrument navigation in Hawaii.

This show will be an interactive immersion into becoming a Wayfinder. Unique to the planetarium's regular programming, the full hour will including the fulldome program and opportunities to learn and pratice navigating the ocean using the skies.

All De Anza students, staff, and faculty are encouraged to apply. Applications will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis, with priority will be given to De Anza students. Each individual is only eligible to submit one ticket application. Please note that all visitors are asked to wear masks and show proof of vaccination.

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