AAPI Heritage Month 2021

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month has been nationally recognized in the month of May by Congress since 1977. On the EWU campus we host AAPI Heritage Month to recognize the contributions of AAPI people, to celebrate the rich history and diversity of AAPI people, and to stand in solidarity with our AAPI communities at EWU, in Cheney, Spokane, and globally. Today, this month, and all year round we stand firmly against anti-Asian and Pacific Islander violence, erasure, and bigotry.

On behalf of the EWU AAPI Planning Committee we invite you to participate in the many virtual events throughout the month. Please see our calendar below. If you have any questions please contact Vanessa Delgado at vdelgado2@ewu.edu.

Trauma and Healing in Asian American Communities Today

May 3, 2021 | 12-1pm

Register here: bit.ly/aapiheal

Dr. Okazaki’s current research focuses on the twin impact of anti-Asian racism and anti-Black racism during the pandemic on Asian Americans’ wellbeing. Join us as she discusses the lessons emerging about individual and community actions promoting healing, resilience, and solidarity. Hosted by the Anthropology Department, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies, and the WAGE Center.

PBS Asian Americans Documentary Discussion Series

Every Wednesday throughout May | 12-1pm

Location for ALL discussion sessions: bit.ly/aapidoc

For EWU community only. You will need EWU SSO to join if you are not already logged on to EWU Zoom. 

Asian Americans is a five-hour film series that delivers a bold, fresh perspective on a history that matters today, more than ever. We ask that attendees watch the episode(s) on their own before each discussion.


  • May 5, 2021Asian Americans, Episode 1: In an era of exclusion and U.S. empire, new immigrants arrived and adapted to life in America. Discussion facilitated by: Dr. Liping Zhu, History. 
  • May 12, 2021Asian Americans, Episode 2: An American-born generation straddled their country of birth and their parents’ homelands. Discussion facilitated by Steven Bingo, EWU Libraries. 
  • May 19, 2021Asian Americans, Episode 3: Asian Americans fought for equality and expanded the definition of "Asian-American." Discussion facilitated: Qing Stellwagen, EWU Libraries. 
  • May 26, 2021Asian Americans, Episodes 4&5: At the turn of the new millennium, the U.S became more diverse, yet more divided. Discussion facilitated by: Dr Pui-Yan Lam, Sociology. 

Cultural Cooking: Spam Musubi 

May 6, 2021 | 12pm

Location: Live streamed on Facebook @ewumcc

Join us as Hui ‘O Hawai’i teaches us to make Spam Musubis, a staple on the islands of Hawai'i with Japanese influence - if you haven’t tried them you are missing out!  Hosted by Multicultural Center and Hui ‘O Hawai’i.

The Complexity of Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Identities: A Conversation

May 12, 2021 | 5:00-6:30pm

Register here: bit.ly/aapicomplexity

The Asian and Pacific Islander communities, although often grouped into one acronym, are made up of large vibrant and ethnically diverse identities. Join us as we explore the shared experiences, unique challenges, and complexities from members of AAPI communities.

Moderator and Panelists: Rowena Pineda (Moderator), Tamika Williams, Sam Lee, Ryann Louie, Sarah Dixit and Kiana McKenna. Hosted by the Asian Pacific Islander Coalition - Spokane Chapter, Gender, Women's, and Sexuality Studies, and the Women's and Gender Education Center, and the EWU AAPI Month Planning Committee.

Cultural Conversation: Does Family Really Come First?

May 18, 2021 | 12-1:30pm

Location: bit.ly/aapifamily and Live streamed on Facebook @ewumcc

Join us as we discuss the role of family in our lives, what truly makes a family, and how to balance familial expectations, individuality, and honoring our roots. Hosted by Multicultural Center.

Bystander Intervention Training: How Can Members of EWU Community Step Up and Help Stop Anti-Asian/Asian American Hate & Racism

May 20, 2021 | 11-12:30pm 

Location: bit.ly/aapistepup 

For EWU community only. You will need EWU SSO to join if you are not already logged on to EWU Zoom. 

This bystander intervention is adapted from a training co-hosted by Peace and Justice League of Spokane and Asian Pacific Islander Coalition - Spokane Chapter in Spring 2020. It will introduce the 5 Ds approach and include a discussion on how we can step up and intervene at the university setting.  Hosted by Dr. Pui-Yan Lam, Department of Sociology and Justice Studies.

Cultural Cooking: Lumpia

May 27, 2021 | 12pm 

Live streamed on Facebook @ewumcc

Join Gracia and her mother, Susanna, as they make traditional beef and cabbage lumpia served with a sweet chili sauce. Lumpia is a traditional party dish of the Philippines consisting of a rolled deep-fried lumpia wrapper filled with savory fillings such as meats and veggies or sweet fillings like fruit. Hosted by Multicultural Center.

AAPI Cinema Screenings: Minari & Kapaemahu

Kapaemahu (8min 24sec) reveals the healing power of four mysterious stones on Waikiki Beach. Long ago, four extraordinary individuals of dual male and female spirit brought the healing arts from Tahiti to Hawaii. The name of their leader was Kapaemahu. Watch the trailer here.


Minari (115min) is a tender and sweeping story about what roots us. Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Watch the trailer here.

Outdoor Movie Night: Minari & Kapaemahu

May 21, 2021 | 8:30pm (gates open at 7pm)

Parking Lot P-12 | Drive-in or picnic-style

Free admission, voluntary donations can be sent to: ewu.edu/supportfilm

Register: http://bit.ly/aapiminari (Limited slots available)

Virtual Screening Room: Minari & Kapaemahu

May 21, 2021 | 6:00 PM PST

Free admission, voluntary donations can be sent to: ewu.edu/supportfilm

Register: http://bit.ly/virtualminari (Limited slots available) | RSVP at least 3 business days before the screening schedule. Only available to U.S. viewers.

Kapaemahu will be available for screening on May 21, 2021 until 11:59 PM PST. Link will be provided with a password to view it via Vimeo. 

For Minari, a confirmation email will be sent with instructions on how to view the film via A24 Screening Room. You will have a 4-hour window (6pm to 10pm PST) to start watching the film, once started, you have 4 hours to view the film and the pre-taped Q&A with the filmmakers. 

Film Discussion: Minari & Kapaemahu

May 28, 2021 | 1:00 pm

Did you attend the Outdoor Movie Night or log on to the Virtual Screening Room? Join us for a virtual film discussion about the screenings as we take a closer look at the representation of AAPI identities in film and media. Moderated by EWU Film Society.

Open to all registered guests/ticket holders of AAPI Cinema Screenings: Register here

Library Resources for AAPI Heritage Month

Watch an overview of AAPI resources @ EWU Libraries: https://youtu.be/2--NabVwWhU

View the collection of AAPI resource suggestions on the library event libguide: https://research.ewu.edu/aapi21

Thank you to our sponsors and planning committee members!

Sponsors: Multicultural Center, Department of Geography and Anthropology, EWU Film Society, Eagle Entertainment, Eagle Sound, ASEWU, EWU Libraries, Student Activities, Involvement & Leadership, Gender, Women’s & Sexuality Studies, Women's and Gender Education Center, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, Department of Sociology & Justice Studies, Asian Pacific Islander Coalition -  Spokane Chapter

AAPI Month Planning Committee: Pui-Yan Lam, Qing Stellwagen, Steven Bingo, Frances Grace Mortel, Dillon Deffinbaugh, Michael Ochi, Petal Michaud, Vanessa Delgado, Lisa Logan











For a full-sized, downloadable PDF version with active links: AAPI HM Poster 2021