Asian American Pacific Islander Month - May 2018

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 - 12:00pm

Join us in celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month in May 2018!

Speaker Abbot Jian Hu Shifu on Wednesday, 5/2 from 12 – 1:30 pm in Bertolini SAC, with Meditation Practice from 2 – 3 pm
Venerable Jian Hu is the Abbot of Chung Tai Zen Center of Sunnyvale. He is a graduate of California Institute of Technology and earned his doctorate in Artificial Neural Networks from UC San Diego. He renounced the secular life and was ordained at Chung Tai Chan Monastery in Taiwan in 1994. In 2004, Jian Hu Shifu established the Zen Center of Sunnyvale in Silicon Valley. Under his leadership, the Zen Center became well known locally, and demands for its programs increased rapidly. Besides offering Zen Buddhism classes and retreats, the Zen Center also hosts a variety of programs advocating vegetarianism, sustainable living, interfaith dialogue and Buddhist Psychology.

Short Film with Guests Eddy Zheng and Director Ben Wang on Thursday, 5/3 from 12 - 1:30 in Bertolini SAC
The film is entitled, Breathin’ the Eddy Zheng Story, and it profiles Eddy who was arrested at 16, tried as an adult for kidnapping and robbery, and served over 20 years in California prisons and jails. The film paints an intimate portrait of Eddy—the prisoner, the immigrant, the son, the activist—on his journey to freedom, rehabilitation and redemption. A national advisory board member of the Asian American Law Journal, Eddy Zheng is the recipient of the Asian Law Students Outstanding Leadership Award and the Chinese World Journal Community Hero Award, the editor of Other: An Asian and Pacific Islander Prisoners’ Anthology, and now works for the San Francisco Community Youth Center. It is also a great honor to host both Eddy and Ben for Q&A following the film!

Speaker & Spoken Word with Fong Tran on Thursday, 5/10 from 6:30 – 8 pm in Bertolini SAC
Fong Tran is Spoken Word Poet, Higher Education Professional, and Youth Development trainer. He has a Masters degree from UC Davis in Community Development, focusing on the experiences of youth of color in social media. Fong engages students and professionals in several leadership workshops: Using Poetry as a Tool of Empowerment, Developing Ally Leadership, Healing Toxic Masculinity Among Men of Color, Social Media Literacy, and Defining Intersectional Social Justice. An enthusiastic orator, Fong’s work has been featured by TEDx, Upworthy, KollaborationAngry Asian ManCalifornia Council of Cultural Centers in Higher Education (CACCCHE) and Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education 

These events are sponsored by a collaboration among APASS, Hui Pulama Mau, Intercultural Events Committee, fitSRJC, Office of the President/Superintendent, Student Government Assembly, and Student Life & Engagement Programs.