The second annual inspirASIAN week kicks off this Monday, celebrating and raising awareness for ISU’s Asian-Pacific American community.
The week-long event runs from April 1 through 5.
The theme of this year’s inspirASIAN week is “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.”
“We have some events that explore the history of our cultures, some that look at what is going on in our society today, and some that help with the development of our Asian-Pacific American students to prepare them for the future,” said Rosie Ainley, historian for ISU’s Asian Pacific American Coalition.
The first event of the week is titled "GenerASIANal Gap" and will be a talk on generational gaps in Asian families and the emerging differences between children and their parents. It will be held in 401 Stevenson from 4-6 p.m Monday.
At the same time and place on Tuesday, AsiaConnect and APAC will be hosting a discussion featuring ISU faculty on what it’s like to be Asian-American in the workplace.
From 5-7 p.m. on Wednesday, APAC and BSU will hold a “Whose Culture?” event, where speakers will discuss the sharing of cultures and ways that we can “turn [cultural] appropriation into appreciation,” according to their Facebook.
On Thursday, students can go to the Kong room in Hewett-Manchester between 6 and 8 p.m. to sample food for free from Asian restaurants local to Bloomington-Normal.
The event closes on Friday with APACapalooza, a free, all-ages concert from The Filharmonic, who have performed on "The Late Late Show with James Corden" as well as "Pitch Perfect 2." The show also features a special performance from ISU’s Acafellaz.
Doors open at 7, and the show starts at 7:30 p.m in the Braden Auditorium of the Bone Student Center.
For more information, check the Asian Pacific American Coalition’s Facebook.