Asian culture embodies much more than traditional foods of Asian nations, and Asian Heritage Month seeks to celebrate that.
Asian Heritage Month brings together cultures from across Asia to highlight the important contributions these groups have made to the United States. Events for the month include discussions, talks and an Art Walk exhibit.
“More than just a celebration of traditional food, Asian heritage is about experiences, the culture and fighting stereotypes,” said Matthew Banks, coordinator of multicultural programs. “The multiple identities unfold during the celebration of these cultures throughout MSU and the United States.”
Jose Antonio Vargas, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and activist, will present the keynote address at 7 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Theater. His talk covers what it is like to be an undocumented Filipino, with a heritage and identity rarely talked about. His experience in journalism and political affairs gives him the insight into what immigration is.
Asia Fest will take place at 5 p.m. in the Plaster Student Union Ballroom. The banquet features food and traditional performances from across the Asian continent. The event is free, but RSVP is required.
“With this month, we want to further the public affairs mission through ethical leadership and cultural competency,” said Banks. “We look at what it means to be an American from all the identities that make up our culture.”