Asian & Pacific Cultural Center - Oregon State University

Asian & Pacific Cultural Center - Oregon State University The APCC at OSU was established to provide a welcoming and engaging space for the retention and success of students.
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Asian & Pacific Cultural Center - Oregon State University's cover photo
06/02/2020

Asian & Pacific Cultural Center - Oregon State University's cover photo

On June 19, 1865, Black slaves were legally freed in the United States and 155 years later, the injustices, inequities a...
06/02/2020

On June 19, 1865, Black slaves were legally freed in the United States and 155 years later, the injustices, inequities and violence towards the Black mind and body continues on in systemic ways. We, as Asians & Pacific Islanders need to be in-community with the Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Ettihad, and Queer/Trans community against anti-Blackness and to advocate for the elevation of the Black experience and narratives. We can do this with love, courage, empathy, and by engaging in resources such as this Asian American Racial Justice Toolkit to "build hope and a commitment to political justice": https://www.asianamtoolkit.org/

Artist credits:
Pacific Islanders for Black Lives Matter: Sina Aumoeualogo, Moana Palelei HoChing & Brandon Tintiangco
Asians for Black Lives: Natalie Bui ([email protected])

As we wrap up Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, it's important to recognize that the work does not end today and ...
05/31/2020

As we wrap up Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, it's important to recognize that the work does not end today and that it needs to continue on.

This means working within and outside of our community.

This means being in-community and advocating for communities experiencing emotional and physical harm from the systemic injustices and inequities that are occurring on a daily basis.

This means proactively supporting and elevating the voices of the Black, Indigenous, Latinx, Ettihad, Queer/Trans, and other communities impacted by injustices and inequities.

This means consuming media and social media from a critical lens, as there are many lost voices out there and what you see is not always the full representation of the realities many face.

This means engaging from the ethic of love.

This means being our authentic selves.

This means showing courage.

This means expressing empathy with one another.

So with that, let's be in-community with one another as we wrap up Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

https://facebook.com/events/s/osu-apcc-end-of-year-celebrati/652815068889425/?ti=clSorry for the late post, but we hope ...
05/31/2020

https://facebook.com/events/s/osu-apcc-end-of-year-celebrati/652815068889425/?ti=cl

Sorry for the late post, but we hope you are as excited as we are for our End of the Year Celebration happening this Sunday (5/31) at 2:00PM PST on Zoom!

You can expect a great program from us tomorrow as we congratulate our seniors and recognize our API Clubs and Organizations. Who knows, maybe there will be a performance during program as well. We hope to see you then tomorrow afternoon.

If you are a graduating senior but have not filled out a form by us, PLEASE get in contact with us ASAP!

05/30/2020
Making Waves: Food Representation

Another Episode of making waves! We are talking about food and with special guest David Ryusaki from the Global Community Kitchen and OSU Alumni!Check out the full episodes of part 1 and 2 on youtube and Spotify.

Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=epXER_7DdMU

Part 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43yPygxABbg

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/episode/7akIOFQAPtpOUMwAv6x1tj

We are diving into a fun episode and we talk about food. Food is more complex than you think and the real question is, is the food you know and love properly...

"Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month is an acknowledgement of our very existence as Americans. For far too long we w...
05/29/2020

"Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month is an acknowledgement of our very existence as Americans. For far too long we were seen as "temporarily" here, soon to "go back where we came from." Heritage Month brings our histories to the forefront and serves as a reminder of our impact as individuals and as a group."

- Janet Nishihara, (she, her, hers), (Asian American, Japanese American, Sansei), over 30 years at OSU, Director of EOP

#apiheritagemonth #api #japanese #japaneseamerican #sansei

"APIHM is not the only time to celebrate APIs, but is a time to take a moment to recognize and reflect the API experienc...
05/28/2020

"APIHM is not the only time to celebrate APIs, but is a time to take a moment to recognize and reflect the API experience and narratives, and how we impact ours and others communities. To recognize the land we’re on, while reflecting on the care and harm we brought onto it. To recognize anti-Blackness in our communities, while reflecting on how we can proactively do better. To recognize the generations before us, while reflecting on what they had to sacrifice for us to be who we are. To recognize and reflect on our accomplishments, as we celebrate them in community with others."

- Reagan Le, (he/him/his), (Asian/Vietnamese-American), 6 years at OSU, Director for Diversity & Cultural Engagement and the Asian & Pacific Cultural Center

This photo was taken on April 29, 2015 with Dr. Michael Samano and Dr. Patti Sakurai at the grand opening of the "new" APCC. May 2015 was the first year we celebrated APIHM at the "new" APCC and five years later, the space is off limits due to COVID-19. Despite that, the APCC is more than the physical space as we continue to celebrate APIHM through community building and connections.

#apiheritagemonth #api #vietnamese #vietnameseamerican

"I honestly have only been able to battle my impostor feelings and feel salient with the Japanese heritage in the last f...
05/28/2020

"I honestly have only been able to battle my impostor feelings and feel salient with the Japanese heritage in the last few years. So for me, the importance of this month is to recognize that who you are and the identities you hold are important, even if externally you present differently. I work every day to own who I am and to honor the Japanese side of my family. Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month is an opportunity to join in with others in the community to celebrate the resilience and beauty we all hold."

- Brittany Nefcy, (she, her, hers), (I identify as Japanese and Irish, with the understanding that I present and move through the world as white), 3 years at OSU as a Student Involvement Coordinator

#apiheritagemonth #api #japanese

"Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month means celebrating our unique culture not only with each other but with others. ...
05/27/2020

"Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month means celebrating our unique culture not only with each other but with others. It provides us an opportunity to also come together and understand one another."
- Erik Leung, (he/him/his), (Chinese-Canadian), 1 year at OSU, Director of Bands
#apiheritagemonth #chinese #api

"This month means celebrating our communities. After 15 years in Oregon, I feel that I have recently found and connected...
05/22/2020

"This month means celebrating our communities. After 15 years in Oregon, I feel that I have recently found and connected with other Asian American folks and have a wonderful supportive community. I love being connected with others who have shared stories, childhood experiences and foods that I grew up with. This month is a time where we get to be highlighted and recognized and demonstrate the vast diversity and beauty within the API community."

- Sara Caldwell-Kan, (she, her, hers), (I identify as a multiracial, Chinese American, cis womxn and parent to a multiracial kid), Student Engagement Specialist at Student Health for almost 5 years, 2nd year PhD student in Education

#apiheritagemonth #api #chineseamerican #multiracial

"I am born and raised in Hawai’i. I am Hawaiian; I am Kanaka Maoli. To be Kanaka Maoli means to be a descendent of the a...
05/19/2020

"I am born and raised in Hawai’i. I am Hawaiian; I am Kanaka Maoli. To be Kanaka Maoli means to be a descendent of the aboriginal Polynesian settlers of Hawai’i. Due to immigration I am also part Puerto Rican and Portuguese. Kanaka Maoli, to me, means that even being multiethnic, it is our kuleana (responsibility) to perpetuate our Hawaiian culture through traditional and modernized practices. Ua mau ke ea o ka ‘aina i ka pono; The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness."
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How are you dealing with COVID-19?
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"I’ve been getting up everyday for breakfast around the same time. My circadian rhythm has been reset. I go out for at least a one mile stroll everyday. I make exercise videos. Video chat with friends, bake, and get full eight hours of sleep every night."
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- Cameo Ariel Ku’ualohalani Perrells (Native Hawaiian, Puerto Rican, Portuguese), 3rd year Nutrition
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#pacificislander #api #osu #heritagemonth

05/15/2020

Hey everyone!
Looking for a break from your classes? Want to participate in an important conversation?

"Climate Justice in Indigenous Communities" is happening next week on Wednesday, May 20th, 2020, from 4:00-5:00 p.m., PST.

Join for a virtual discussion and learning opportunity on climate justice in Indigenous communities! Featuring the Pacific Climate Warriors, you will be exploring further on the topic, specifically in its direct connection to the Indigenous People of the Americas and Pacific Islands. This event will be Facebook live-streamed only.

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/607930043400997

05/15/2020
Making Waves Episode 5 Cultural Appropriation

We have another episode of Making Waves out today, and covering a hot topic! Listen as our hosts talk about the hot button issue on cultural appropriation and what they think is the definitive line between appropriation and appreciation!

Youtube:
https://youtu.be/aRs2ypm8diA

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/episode/272jh4nQR8KgyyuNMWea88

We are stepping into another hot button issue and that is on Cultural Appropriation! We discuss the boundaries and where we think defines the line between Cu...

Asian & Pacific Cultural Center - Oregon State University's cover photo
05/14/2020

Asian & Pacific Cultural Center - Oregon State University's cover photo

"Most of my life, I have had to explain who I am not. Some people think that I am not Asian but I am Nepalese.  I am Ame...
05/14/2020

"Most of my life, I have had to explain who I am not. Some people think that I am not Asian but I am Nepalese. I am American. I am Asian. I am keenly aware of my own culture and traditions and Asian & Pacific Islander heritage month gives me a chance to share, experience and celebrate the rich cultural variety of Asian & Pacific Islanders."

- Urmila Mali, (she, her, hers), (Asian, Newari, Nepalese), 25 years at OSU

#api #apiheritagemonth #nepalese #newari Oregon State University Educational Opportunities Program

05/14/2020
Behind the Food Bò lúc lắc

Hey everyone!
Need ideas for what to cook next?

The APCC is proud to present their brand new series, Behind the Food!
The series was originally created to portray API students creating dishes that are culturally significant to them. Our first episode portrays this.
Due to COVID-19, the series will continue as short videos featuring students from the APCC creating easy-to-make food dishes and drinks.

We hope you enjoy our first episode!

"To me, the importance of this month is in its visibility.  On a predominantly white campus, it's easy not to feel seen,...
05/13/2020

"To me, the importance of this month is in its visibility. On a predominantly white campus, it's easy not to feel seen, and this isolation is even more complicated given our current reality within the world. Let this month be a reminder that we're not alone. We may be currently remote, but we remain connected, working together with others for change."

- Ben Medeiros, (he, him, his), (Hapa or Multiracial), 7 years at OSU, Assistant Director for UHDS-Residential Education
#api #apiheritagemonth #multiracial #hapa University Housing & Dining Services - Oregon State University

05/12/2020
Making Waves: Whitewashing

A little late, but if you haven't seen our recent uploads, we had a podcast recently covered on our thoughts of whitewashing! We would love to know your thoughts as well on this topic and any experiences!

Youtube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3Vm6D6Ke40s&t=4s

Spotify:
https://open.spotify.com/episode/6eXq6I6WsAHaRQ6h3y7gWJ

We dive into the complex topic of Whitewashing and what it really is! How does it differ from just having a chance in culture, and how did it affect us growi...

"The foundation of my identity was built from being a Pacific Islander. The faith, the cultural practices, and our famil...
05/08/2020

"The foundation of my identity was built from being a Pacific Islander. The faith, the cultural practices, and our families. To be a Pacific Islander means to carry your culture on your sleeves and wear it proudly. It means you hear "where are you from" or “your hair is so big” on repeat at a campus like OSU. It means that you're different and categorized, hearing "people like you," from time to time. It means that you will encounter challenges as a Pacific Islander, but it also means that you will overcome them. That's what we do. We’re built for this life, and I couldn't be more proud to be Pacific Islander. #DisSamoa"
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How are you dealing with COVID-19?
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"Quarantine life doesn't seem so bad as long as I have my art supplies and books to read!"
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- Jodiane Faaui (Samoan/Filipino), 3rd year Psychology w/ Studio Art minor
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#pacificislander #api #osu #heritagemonth

API Heritage Month for me is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the immense diversity in the Asian and Pacific reg...
05/08/2020

API Heritage Month for me is an opportunity to showcase and celebrate the immense diversity in the Asian and Pacific region. Our foods, cultures, languages are all so different but also unifying.

- Kameron Kadooka, (he, him, his), (Japanese, Filipino, Portuguese, Chinese and Native Hawaiian), 8 years at OSU in various positions, 4 years as the LSAMP Coordinator
#api #apiheritagemonth #japanese #filipino #chinese #nativehawaiian

Hey everyone! PBS will be airing an Asian Americans series May 11-12th! This series will focus on the history of identit...
05/08/2020
Asian Americans | PBS

Hey everyone!

PBS will be airing an Asian Americans series May 11-12th! This series will focus on the history of identity, contributions, and challenges experienced by Asian Americans.
Please do join us in watching the series and continuing to celebrate API Heritage Month!

https://www.pbs.org/show/asian-americans/

Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. As America becomes more diverse, and more divided while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate personal stories, the ser...

"I identify as Samoan, which is in the region of Polynesia in Oceania. I appreciate what I’ve learned from my parents an...
05/06/2020

"I identify as Samoan, which is in the region of Polynesia in Oceania. I appreciate what I’ve learned from my parents and grandmother regarding Samoan culture, food, and history. Oceania consists of diverse cultures from Fiji to Kiribati to Tahiti and one of the things that I’m proud of is knowing that my PI identity is rooted in resilience. Navigating a predominantly white institution as a first-generation Samoan American student can be difficult, but coming across spaces where I feel empowered and comfortable in my PI identity is something I’ve learned to embrace and not take for granted."
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How are dealing with COVID-19?
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"Miss Rona or Coco has been challenging me to manage my self-care, along with taking advantage of family time."
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- Ruta Faifaiese (Samoan), 4th year Human Development and Family Science major w/ Human Services option
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#pacificislander #api #osu #heritagemonth

"To me, Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month involves recognizing the many different communities that comprise Asia...
05/05/2020

"To me, Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month involves recognizing the many different communities that comprise Asian and Pacific Islanders, and making time and space to honor these communities and learn more about our different experiences and struggles. It's also a time to honor elders within our communities, and to pay attention to the ways that systems of oppression target the most vulnerable members of our communities. As we find ourselves in a global pandemic where Asian and Pacific Islanders are encountering increased racist and xenophobic violence, it's more important than ever to recognize the long history of exclusion and violence that has shaped experiences of Asian and Pacific Islanders in this country, as well as the amazing movements for justice within our communities that demonstrate both resistance and resilience. Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, for me, is a reminder to deepen our commitment to social justice."

- Patti Duncan (she/her/hers or they/them/theirs) (I identify as mixed race, Asian Pacific American, Korean American, and a woman of color), 12 years at OSU, Associate Professor of Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
#api #apiheritagemonth #korean #womanofcolor Women, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Oregon State University

"Being brought up in American Samoa, I was raised in a community where people stood for what they believed in and they a...
05/04/2020

"Being brought up in American Samoa, I was raised in a community where people stood for what they believed in and they accepted the fact that everyone is different. Being here in a big university filled with people from different backgrounds makes me 2% of the population that are Pacific Islanders. Being different is great because then you would have a story to share embracing your identity and where you come from. Being Samoan/Pacific Islander is much more than a story to tell, it’s the root, the seed, the stem, of the destiny that you have yet to discover."
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How are you dealing with COVID-19?
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"Ever since the COVID-19 pandemic, it was difficult for me to adjust to the way how things are and will continue to be because of it. It’s miserable having to look at the screen almost every day. I try to keep myself busy by finishing my assignments, talk to my family and friends, going for a nice walk, and dance. I was sad to find out that I couldn’t go back home to my family because the government closed the airport back home and I’m stuck in the dorms. I’ve also been praying to God to help us get through."
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- Lisa Vaiau (Samoan), 1st year Psychology
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#pacificislander #api #osu #heritagemonth

05/02/2020
AYA - Womxn of Color

In celebration of API Heritage Month, we recognize AYA - Womxn of Color and Ruta Faifaiese, co-chair of the Pacific Islander Student Alliance, for their strengths and resilience

Humble Royalty by Ruta Faifaiese for AYA WoC Fest 2020

Humble Royalty by Ruta Faifaiese is a visual poem highlighting womxn of color within the Oregon State University community. This mini-film documents a photoshoot for the Womxn of Color Fest 2020 organized by the AYA Womxn of Color Initiative team. This was an ethereal celebration of the resilience of femmes of color in the Pacific Northwest.

The AYA Womxn of Color initiative hopes to facilitate long-lasting and dynamic support for Womxn of Color in all endeavors through facilitating interconnectedness within OSU and Corvallis communities and welcoming all people into spaces that allow for learning, growth, and healing. The AYA Adinkra symbol signifying endurance and resourcefulness is created by Akan of Ghana and the Gyaman of Cote d’lvoire in West Africa. The fern is a hardy plant that can grow in difficult places, much like the Black, Indigenous, Womxn of Color in our community.

Credits
Creative Director: Paige Phillips
Poet: Ruta Faifaiese
Video Producer: Jacob Le
Photographers: Ridwana Rahman & Sierra Joyner

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