September 27, 2023
March 1
Asian American College Excellence Open House
Wulling Hall room 430
86 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Please join the Asian American College Excellence (AACE) Project Student Center for their OPEN HOUSE! Come see their new student space, learn about the AACE Project, and meet the AACE staff. Help AACE create a communal art piece for the center. Formal welcome will begin at 12pm. Food will be provided. This event is open to the U of MN community. Questions? [email protected]
March 6
AAS Graduate Student Travel Award applications DUE
March 8
Teaching and Education Programs Information Session
Wulling Hall room 140
86 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Only 2.5% of K-12 teachers in MN are Asian American. Attend this information session to learn about becoming an educator and make a difference. Free lunch. Walk ins are welcome but RSVP to ensure your lunch. Hosted by AACE. Questions? Kong Her, [email protected]
March 8
Open in Emergency: Asian American Mental Health
Walter Library room 101
117 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
Heather C. Lou facilitates a conversation on Asian Americans and mental health, featuring Dr. Rich Lee, Dr. Jigna Desai, David Mura. Pop-up exhibit featuring art by Simi King and hclou. This will be part of the national launch of the Asian American Literary Review’s special issue Open in Emergency. Light refreshments. Free and open to the public.
March 15
The Bride Price: A Hmong Wedding Story by Mai Neng Moua : Book Launch Celebration
Buenger Education Center, Concordia University
200 Syndicate Street North, St. Paul, MN 55104

When Mai Neng Moua decides to get married, her mother, a widow, wants the groom to follow Hmong custom and pay a bride price, which both honors the work the bride’s family has done in raising a daughter and offers a promise of love and security from the groom’s family. Mai Neng, who knows the pain this tradition has caused, says no. Her husband-to-be supports her choice.

What happens next is devastating, and it raises questions about the very meaning of being Hmong in America…(read more here)

Hosted by the Center for Hmong Studies and MNHS Press. Free and open to the public. Book signing and sales to follow. For more information visit

April 6
“Light” film screening
Cowles Auditorium, H.H.Humphrey Building
301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55455
Hosted by Asian Women United, LIGHT is a film in which dance, memory, music, and poetry collide in a visual and aural landscape; a meditation on women being propelled into the unknown by courage and faith to risk their lives and everything they have for freedom.
April 18
Taiko Traditions and Taiko Going Forward 
Social Sciences Building room 710
267 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis, MN 55455

Jen Weir is a taiko percussionist, composer, and the dynamic Artistic Director of Mu Daiko. To celebrate the 20 year anniversary of Mu Daiko, Jen will give a talk on the 2000+ year-old art form, its incomparable sound and role in Japanese/Japanese American cultural expression, and her vision for Mu Daiko in the next 20 years. Bring your lunch and come join us!

bao phi
Bao Phi

April 18

Pankake Poetry Reading featuring Bao Phi 
Cowles Auditorium, H.H.Humphrey Building
301 19th Ave S., Minneapolis, MN 55455

The Eighth Annual Pankake Poetry Reading featuring Bao Phi – spoken word artist, writer, and visionary activist who seeks to build community through the arts – who will read from his 2017 book of poetry, Thousand Star Hotel. Reception and author signing to follow with books available for purchase courtesy of the University of Minnesota Bookstore. Please RSVP by April 11

April 19
Hmong Lao Friendship Play performance
Coffman Union Theater
300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455
May Lee Yang

How did the daughter of a provincial governor and the daughter of a buffalo-riding gangster become BFFs? The Friendship Play is a comedy-turned accidental musical about real-life BFFs May Lee-Yang (a Hmong refugee) and Saymoukda Duangphouxay Vongsay (a Lao refugee). Set to the backdrop of karaoke music and Little House on the Prairie fantasies, Lee-Yang and Vongsay hack their way through stories about refugee life, American pop culture, and empowering their brethren through the Hot Asian Man project. This performance is part of the Power and Privilege Series sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s Office of Student Affairs. Free.

April 21
“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” film screening
Location TBD
Grace Lee Boggs
Grace Lee Boggs (Facebook photo)

What does it mean to be an American revolutionary today? Grace Lee Boggs is a 98-year-old Chinese American woman in Detroit whose vision of revolution will surprise you. A writer, activist, and philosopher rooted for more than 70 years in the African American movement, she has devoted her life to an evolving revolution that encompasses the contradictions of America’s past and its potentially radical future.

Bring your lunch, watch the film, join the conversation.
April 28-29
Minnesota’s First Taiko Festival

Guthrie Theater
818 South 2nd Street, Minneapolis, MN 55415

Celebrate 20 years of Mu Daiko with guest artists from Japan, Canada and the U.S. Daytime activities are free to the public. Headlining the festival is Mu Daiko’s 20th Anniversary Concert featuring an amazing roster of guest artists, Mu Daiko favorites, and world premiere pieces.

A limited number of special VIP tickets include a pre-show reception with guest artists and preferred seating. All other seating will be general seating only.Tickets ($20 students, $40 adult, $60 VIP) can be purchased here.

May 5
Graduating AAS Minors Recognition and Celebration
U of MN Recreation and Wellness Center, Multi Purpose room 7
We will be celebrating graduation AAS minors Kaochi Pha, Benjamin Hartmann, Jia Mikuls, Catherine Dang, Jason Dawson, Marilyn Keo, Sunny Vang, Emma Berger, and Kendall Witaszek.
May 23
Gambatte: Legacy of an Enduring Spirit opening ceremony 
Historic Fort Snelling Visitors Center
200 Tower Ave, St Paul, MN 55111

On Feb. 19, 1942, with a frightened nation still reeling from the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor two months earlier, U.S. President Franklin Delano Roosevelt issued Executive Order 9066, which led to the forced removal of almost 120,000 Japanese Americans to incarceration camps during World War II. Two-thirds of them were native-born American citizens who were given but a few days to settle their financial affairs and report for relocation to desolate incarceration camps away from the West Coast.

Exhibition Dates: May 27 – October 28, 2017

Race, Indigeneity, Gender & Sexuality Studies Initiative (RIGS)
Jobs, Internships, Scholarships, and Research Positions announcement packet
The Asian American Studies Program, College of Liberal Arts, University of Minnesota

267 19th Avenue South, 214 Social Sciences Building, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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Open In Emergency: Asian American Mental Health