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Asian and Pacific American Heritage

Please join the University of Dayton and the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center in celebrating Asian and Pacific American Heritage

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Asian and Pacific American Heritage Research Guide

The Roesch Library and The Office of Multicultural Affairs invite you to learn more about Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month itself as well as stories, contributions, triumphs and struggles of Asian and Pacific Americans. This Research Guide offers a wide variety of topics covering the immense diversity within these communities from critical research to social movements; from LGBTQ+ stories to artists and authors. The wonderful collection of information is available through several mediums including streaming video, books, and articles. You can find the guide by following this link.

Sponsored by the Roesch Library and the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Dayton Art Institute

Visit the Dayton Art Institute Display: The Dayton Art Institute is committed to enriching the community by creating meaningful experiences with art that are available to all. Founded in 1919, The Dayton Art Institute is one of the region’s premier fine arts museums. In addition to exhibiting outstanding special exhibitions and impressive collections of art from throughout the world, the museum is renowned for education programming that includes an array of offerings for diverse audiences. Please visit the Art Institute to view their collection of traditional Asian Art pieces in the Patterson/Kettering Wing of Asian Art and other renowned art displays.

Wednesday, April 3: World Exchange

11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. in the World Exchange Lounge - Rike RM 108

World Exchange brings together Intensive English Program and U.S. students to take part in open and structured dialogue opportunities.

Sponsored by the Intensive English Program in the Center for International Programs

Thursday, April 4: Global Game Night: East and South Asia

3:15 P.M. – 3:45 p.m. in the World Exchange Lounge – Rike RM 108

Global Game Night is an intercultural activity that brings Intensive English Program and U.S. students together in a low-stress, fun environment in which students enjoy snacks and play popular games from different regions of the world.

Sponsored by the Center for International Programs, the Intensive English Program

Thursday, April 4: OMA Day Lunch – Asian and Pacific American Theme

11:30 A.M. – 1:30 p.m. in Office of Multicultural Affairs - Alumni Hall room 101

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs in celebrating the cultures of Asia and the Pacific by dining in fellowship. This lunch is free and open to all students, faculty and staff.

Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Saturday, April 6: "Can Culture and Humanity Prevail Over Prejudice and Injustice?"

3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. in the downtown dayton metro Library

A presentation by Dr. Bonnie Clark, Associate Professor, University of Denver Anthropology Department.  Dr. Clark discusses her recent archaeological findings from the Amache incarceration facility in Colorado where 10,000 Americans of Japanese ancestry were held during WWII.  She provides insight into their struggles to build community and reclaim humanity. 

Sponsored by the Japanese American Citizens League, Dayton Chapter

Sunday, April 7: Holi: Hindu Festival of Colors

9:00 A.M. - 5:00 p.m. at old river park at curran place (1940 S patterson blvd) - limited transportation will be provided from zehler circle beginning at 12:30 p.m. 

Holi is considered as one of the most revered and celebrated festivals of India and it is celebrated in almost every part of the country. Come join the Indian Student Association in honoring this Hindu festival. Please go to 1850 for more information and registration.


Sponsored by the Indian Student Association, The Center for International Programs, Campus Ministry, and the Office of Multicultural Affairs

Monday, April 8: Film and Discussion – To Be Takei

7:00 P.m. – 9:00 p.m. in the collab space on the 2nd floor of roesch library

Film screening of “To Be Takei”. Over seven decades, actor and activist George Takei boldly journeyed from a WWII internment camp, to the helm of the starship Enterprise, to the daily news feeds of five million Facebook fans. Join George and his husband Brad on this star's playful and profound trek for life, liberty, and love.

Sponsored by LGBTQ+ Support Services and the Roesch Library

Thursday, April 11: "China in the ‘New Era’ of Xi Jinping: Foreign and Domestic Priorities" Talk

6:00 p.m. in the wright state university, student union atrium (3640 colonel glenn hwy) 

Join Dr. Laura Luehrmann, Professor of Political Science and Director of the M.A. program in International and Comparative Politics in the School of Public and International Affairs at Wright State University, in her discussion on Chinese politics and foreign policy.  Dr. Luehrmann is a graduate of the University of Dayton.

Sponsored by the Wright State University of Latinx, Asian, and Native American Affairs

Saturday, April 13: Mystery Bus Adventure: Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month Edition

6:00 p.m. – Off campus locations (bus leaves from library bus loop)

Mystery Bus Adventures is an opportunity for students to sign up for a "mystery adventure" in the Dayton community, allowing for the opportunity to get to know other students through an off-campus experience, while celebrating an aspect of history for the Heritage Months recognition. These experiences promote cross-cultural exchange and engagement, and encourage students to learn something unique about Dayton. This event is FREE and open to all students. Registration is required. Email to register.

Sponsored by the Center for International Programs and The Office of Multicultural Affairs

Thursday, April 25:MPC Sushi Making Demo

5:00 p.m. – 6:30 pm in vwk main meeting room

Join the Multicultural Programming Council for this Sushi making demo. Don't miss out on this free demonstration on how to prepare sushi and learn about the health benefits and the history of this very popular cultural dish. The demonstration will be led by culinary experts from Dining Services. Space is limited, so RSVP today.

Sponsored by the Multicultural Programming Council, The Office of Multicultural Affairs and Dining Services

Sunday, April 28: Sunday Movies @ Main: Last Men in Aleppo

12:30 P.M. – 1:30 pm in the bassani theater at the downtown dayton library

2018 Academy Award nominee for Best Documentary Feature, Syrian filmmaker Feras Fayyad's breathtaking work - a searing example of boots-on-the-ground reportage - follows the efforts of the internationally recognized White Helmets; ordinary citizens who are the first to rush towards military strikes in the hope of saving lives. Winner of the Grand Jury Prize for World Cinema - Documentary at the Sundance Film Festival. Nominated for Best Documentary Feature at the Academy Awards.

Sponsored by the Dayton Metro Library

For more information about these and other Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month events, please call the Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center at 229-3634.





Multi-Ethnic Education and Engagement Center

Alumni Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 0318