AA-NH/PI Heritage Month 2024

Asian American-Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month has been nationally recognized in the month of May by Congress since 1977. On the EWU campus, we honor this month by recognizing and celebrating the contributions, rich history, and diversity of AA-NH/PI people, and by standing in solidarity with these communities at EWU, in Cheney, Spokane, and globally.

On behalf of the EWU AA-NH/PI Planning Committee we invite you to participate in the many events throughout the month. Please see our events below. If you have any questions please contact John Hoffschneider jhoffschneider@ewu.edu

Library Resources for AANHPI Heritage Month

AANHPI Month Library Book Display

May 1 to May 31, 2024

Location: John F. Kennedy Library Lobby EWU Cheney Campus

Celebrate AANHPI Heritage Month with our curated collection of books highlighting the rich and diverse cultures, histories, and experiences of AANHPI communities. From compelling memoirs to captivating fiction, explore stories that showcase the resilience, contributions, and achievements of AANHPI individuals throughout history. Discover voices that illuminate the beauty of cultural traditions, navigate the complexities of identity, and shed light on the challenges and triumphs faced by these vibrant communities. Join us in honoring and amplifying AANHPI voices this Heritage Month through the power of literature.

View the collection of EWU Library AANHPI resource suggestions:  https://research.ewu.edu/AANHPI

For more information, please contact Qing Stellwagen at qstellwagen@ewu.edu and Steven Bingo at sbingo@ewu.edu

Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Club

18th Annual Luau

May 4, 2024 | Doors open at 3:00 pm

Location: EWU Cheney Campus- Reece Courts 1136 Washington St, Cheney, WA 99004

EWU’s Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander ClubTicket Information: EWU students $15 per ticket and Community Members $25 per ticket; tickets can be purchased here.

Asians for Collective Liberation & EWU Libraries present

Expo Revival: Searching for Trent Alley

May 4-June 2, 2024 | 11am-4pm

Location: Spokane Public Library, Central Branch 3rd Floor- 906 W. Main Ave

This exhibit is presented in partnership with Asians for Collective Liberation in Spokane, Eastern Washington University, and Spokane Public Library.

Opening reception on Saturday May 4 from 11am-4pm will include speakers, artists talk, Asian arts and crafts vendors, and performances from Seattle Taiko, Chinese Association Dragon Dance, Indian Dance Group, Indian Youth Group, and more!

EWU JLR Multicultural Center- Craft & Learn: The Woobles, The Woobles are everywhere!

May 7, 2024 | 3pm-5pm

Location: Pence Union Building (PUB) 329

The Woobles- crochet crafting for beginners company was started by two Asian American entrepreneurs and featured on Sharktank! Take some time out of your busy schedule to craft and learn! Limited seating, please email to RSVP.

Limited seats and supplies! Please contact John B. Hoffschneider at jhoffschneider@ewu.edu

Strategizing Against Liberal White Supremacy: A Community Workshop

May 9, 2024 | 6pm-8pm

Location: Carl Maxey Center 3114 E. 5th Ave, Spokane

How do liberal European Americans reinforce inequality and what actions can they take to meaningfully advance racial justice?

  • White participants in this interactive workshop will learn key terms, engage in self-reflection, and identify ways to break out of paralysis and disempowerment to be a more effective ally for racial and economic justice.
  • BIPOC participants at Dr. Beeman’s workshops find validation in their experiences and gain vocabulary as well as tools to address liberal white supremacy.

Dr. Angie Beeman will discuss how white supremacy is maintained not only by right-wing conservatives or stereotypically uneducated working-class racial bigots but also by progressives who operate from a liberal ideology of color-blindness, racism-evasiveness, and class elitism. Drawing from her academic expertise and experience as well as her personal life growing up in a working class family in Appalachia with a Korean American mother and white father, Dr. Beeman brings a race-class perspective to offer analysis and strategies. Rather than downplaying racism in favor of a class-centered approach or taking a talk-centered approach to racism without developing explicit actions to challenge it, Dr. Beeman will advance action-oriented and racism-centered intersectional approaches.

Registration is required. To register, please visit https://pjals.org/beeman

Diversity Essentials: How Can We Better Support Our Asian/Asian-American Students

May 15, 2024 | 12pm-2pm

Location: EWU-Cheney Campus Faculty Commons

This workshop will be facilitated by Pui-Yan Lam, Professor of Sociology and Justice Studies at EWU. In this workshop, we will take an intersectional approach to look at the complex and diverse Asian American populations, learn about identity development among Asian American students, and discuss strategies to help address common challenges faced by Asian American students.

Registration/Zoom Information: https://ewu.zoom.us/j/946-8336002

For more information, please contact Dr. Pui-Yan Lam at plam@ewu.edu

Panel Discussion: Experiences of Asian Muslims in these United States

May 22, 2024 | 12pm-1:30pm

Location: EWU-Cheney Campus, Pence Union Building (PUB) 317/319

our speakers will share their personal and community experiences of being Asian Muslim in the United States. Q and A session will follow.s.

Registration/Zoom information: https://ewu.zoom.us/s/89979677060

For more information, please contact Dr. Pui-Yan Lam at plam@ewu.edu

Asian Student Association-Night Market 2024

Thursday May 30, 2024 | 1pm-6pm

Location: Pence Union Building Skirt

The Asian Student Association (ASA) will be having their annual Night Market event! This baked goods fundraising event will feature Asian pre-packaged snacks, silent auction, and other items to raise funds for their student organization. Other student organizations will be present with booths set up providing similar items for sale. For more information, please contact Rizzi Milallos rmilallos@ewu.edu

Thank you to our sponsors and planning committee members!

AA-NH/PI Month 2024 Planning Committee: Pui-Yan Lam, Qing Stellwagen, Michael Ochi, Steven Bingo, Giovanny Rosario, Jasmine Joy Paloma, and John Hoffschneider.

Co-Sponsor Acknowledgement:

  • Asians for Collective Liberation in Spokane 
  • Muslims for Community Action and Support  
  • EWU Faculty Commons
  • EWU College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • EWU JLR Multicultural Center
  • EWU Pride Center 
  • EWU Library
  • EWU Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Club 
  • Asian Student Association of EWU