APACC Week is a fall initiative brought by the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC). Every day for a week, the APACC puts on a series of events under an umbrella theme. Events come in all mediums from presentations, collaborative activities, and creative experiences. The events typically center around the Asian American identity and experience. 

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Events for 2022

All events are at the Asian Pacific American Cultural Center (APACC)

Monday, November 7

  • Advocating for South Asian Identities
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Join us for our first event of APACC week. In this program, we have Ph.D. candidate Andrew Boge whose research is focused on the rhetorics of race/racism and specializes in South Asian American racialization here at Iowa. Andrew will be sharing some of his work with us such as the topic of “brown peril”. We hope you come to learn more of the untold history of South Asian Americans and how to be better advocates and allies.  

Tuesday, November 8

  • Pacific Islanders: Projection of Labels
  • 6:30-7:30 p.m.
  • Please join the APACC in a discussion about the importance of distinguishing between Asian, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian! These three groups have often been grouped together through acronyms such as APIDA,AAPI, AANHPI, API, and/or APA. There are many barriers that disproportionately affect these distinct groups of people, so it is not equitable to group them all together, even if they are in similar geographic areas. In this program, we will be focusing on language use, ways that Native Hawaiians & Pacific Islanders are differently impacted compared to Asians and highlighting prominent Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander activists who have spoken out about these issues.  

Wednesday, November 9

  • Asian American Studies: Forgotten History
  • 6-7 p.m.
  • Hello everyone! Join us for our third event of APACC week from 6:00-7:00pm at the APACC. We are happy to welcome Jin Chang who will be leading part of this program. Come learn about the history and importance of Asian American Studies programs and what it could look like at the University of Iowa. 

Thursday, November 10

  • Connecting with Cuisine
  • 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Join us for our 4th event of APACC Week! We are excited to be talking about the connection between food, culture, and religion in Islam and Hinduism. This is a topic that we haven’t talked a whole lot about before, so we hope that you’ll join us in learning a little bit more about two widespread religions in Asia. To celebrate being in the community & learning more about food significance, we have catered some halal foods from Masala Indian Cuisine for you all to enjoy and share! Come prepared to dive into some good food, company, and culture.  

Friday, November 11

  • Cinema: Minari
  • 7-10 p.m.
  • APACC will be collaborating with Men of Color and Masculinities to show the movie Minari! Minari is a movie about a Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home. We are excited to see you all there! 

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