March 31, 2023

MINNEAPOLIS (March 25, 2017) — The Asian American Studies program of the University of Minnesota has released its April calendar of events.

April 1

10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

AAPI Youth Summit: “AAPI Student Leadership & Unity”
Rapson Hall, Main Courtyard, UMN campus

89 Church St SE, Minneapolis

Please join the Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC) for the first-ever AAPI Youth Summit at the University of Minnesota! This year’s theme is “AAPI Student Leadership and Unity”, and seeks to bring together AAPI students from across campus to discuss what Pan-AAPI solidarity can look like at the University of Minnesota. This event is geared towards students of all leadership experiences, whether they are currently serving on a student organization board, considering running for a board position, or are just interested in learning more about leadership. This summit will include opportunities for networking and workshops on issues including: leadership, Pan-AAPI organizing, storytelling as a tool for social justice, self-care for ourselves and our community, and more!

Register at:

QUESTIONS? [email protected]


April 6

3 to 9 p.m.

“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.

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April 7

1:30 to 3 p.m.

When Some of Us Are Brave: Restorative Justice as “Women’s Work”
Ford Hall room 400
224 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Guest speaker Maisha T. Winn will discuss “Black Girl Talk: Women of Color, School-to-Prison Pipeline in Education.” Hosted by Department of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies. For more information, please contact [email protected]


April 18

12 to 1 p.m.

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!


April 18

4 p.m.

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

6 p.m.

Hmong Lao Friendship Play performance

Coffman Union Theater

300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

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. Reserve your tickets here. Watch the play’s music video, “Refugee Slang,” here.


April 21

12 to 2 p.m.

“American Revolutionary: The Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs” film screening

Location TBD

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

The 4th Annual Gender, Women, & Sexuality Studies Undergraduate Research Symposium & Graduation Celebration

Humphrey room 50B

301 19th Ave S #307, Minneapolis, MN 55455

Details forthcoming! For more information, please contact [email protected]


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

4 to 6 p.m.

Graduating AAS Minors Recognition and Celebration

Walter 101

117 Pleasant St SE, Minneapolis, MN 55455

We will be celebrating graduating AAS minors Kaochi Pha, Benjamin Hartmann, Jia Mikuls, Catherine Dang, Jason Dawson, Marilyn Keo, Sunny Vang, Emma Berger, Elaine Vue, and Kendall Witaszek. Refreshments provided. All are welcome.


May 23

6:30 p.m.

Gambatte: Legacy of an Enduring Spirit opening ceremony 

Historic Fort Snelling Visitors Center

200 Tower Ave, St Paul, MN 55111

Day of Remembrance Event: Paul Kitagaki Photographs

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 27October 28, 2017


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