Illinois State University's Asian Pacific American Coalition will close off their InspirASIAN week Friday with APACapalooza.

To wrap up InspirASIAN, Illinois State University’s Asian Pacific American Coalition will present APACapalooza at 7 p.m. Friday in Braden Auditorium.  

The free event will feature the Filharmonic, who appeared in Pitch Perfect 2 and "The Late Late Show with James Corden. The concert will open with ISU’s Acafellaz. Doors will open at 7 p.m. and the concert will begin at 7:30. No ticket is necessary.  

“A lot of people may not know The Filharmonic, but that shouldn’t stop them from coming out,” APAC Secretary Sarah Moey said. “It’s a great chance to see a new artist, especially an artist of color.”

This is the second year of the InspirASIAN program with APAC. The week has lasted from April 1-6 with events each day.

The theme of the events is “Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow.” This means to reflect on the history of the cultures, look at what’s going on in today’s society and to help the development of Asian-Pacific American students and prepare them for the future.

“People should come to [APACapalooza] because it is a concert for anyone and everyone,” APAC Public Relations and Marketing Chair Branstarr Sihanath said.

“We get a common misconception that one needs to be Asian/Asian-American to attend APAC’s events. It is simply a fun and energetic concert with people who represent the Asian-American community.”

APAC wanted a group that could represent the Asian community in the media. Since The Filharmonic are an acapella group, they’ll be joined by the Acafellaz.

Along with the concert, there will also be giveaways that any guest has the opportunity to win. Some prizes include T-shirts, snacks and even meet-and-greet passes for The Filharmonic. The more InspirASIAN events attended, the higher chance one has to win.

“APACapalooza represents the talents of an Asian-based musical group in the media,” APAC Vice President Patrick Mercado said.

“As this is our second year doing InspirASIAN, we really wanted to make this event even bigger for ISU. We’ve been planning InspirASIAN since last year and been forming contracts for venues and collaborations. Every day, APAC has been working to make InspirASIAN one of the biggest events at ISU.”

APAC is a registered student organization at ISU that is dedicated to the promotion and representation of the diversity and richness of Asian, Pacific Islander and Asian-Pacific American heritages and cultures. They also focus on the representation of these cultures in the Bloomington-Normal community. 

Moey adds she hopes people who attend APACapalooza or an event during InspirASIAN take away the message that Asian-Americans are “always breaking the model minority stereotype.” She also adds the events talk about the celebration of Asian-American identity.

“The Asian Pacific American Coalition and other Diversity Advocacy Organizations are in full force of stating that we are the minorities of campus, and are here to celebrate our identities,” Sihanath said. “Just by attending APACapalooza, people are doing more than coming to a concert, they are supporting something that’s much larger.”

ANDREA RICKER is a News Reporter for The Vidette. She can be contacted at arricke@ilstu.edu Follower her on Twitter at @ricker_andrea    

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