Mason celebrates Asian students: ODPS to host Asian Pacific Heritage Month events

News1 April 19, 2010 at 1:00 pm Comments are Disabled

By Matthew Harrison, Broadside Correspondent George Mason University’s Office of Diversity Programs and Services (ODPS) is hosting events on campus for the annual Asian Pacific Heritage Month (APAHM) throughout April and May. Normally, Asian Pacific Heritage Month kicks off on May 1, but because of finals, Mason moved the events back to accommodate its students. ODPS has hosted several events starting on April 1, where students performed open mic comedy, read poems, danced and sang about Asian heritage. “A shared history, culture and achievements can help students connect to build a stronger community,” said Dr. Shaoxian Yu, associate director for ODPS. The events offer students of Asian heritage, and non-Asian heritage, a unique opportunity to be exposed to different cultural backgrounds, customs and knowledge of the Asian culture. “At George Mason University, our hallmark is diversity, and these events offer students the bigger picture of Asian heritage,” said Yu. Asian Pacific Heritage Month will host a festival on Friday, May 7 from 7 to 10 p.m. located at the Center for the Art’s Concert Hall. This event will showcase a diversity of music and Asian American art. Past APAHM events, such as Filipino Culture Night, had over 100 students in […]