UNCA Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
with Events in April
UNC Asheville will celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with
several cultural programs. A performance by the Asian American theater
company hereandnow will be a special highlight. Events are free and open
to the public.
With a cast of 20 young Asian American actors, hereandnow performs
theatrical vignettes that relate to the diverse human experience. Founded
in 1989 by John Miyasaki, the group strives to present non-stereotypical
roles for Asian Americans in their plays and musicals. Hereandnow tours
across the nation and is currently the artist-in-residence company at East
Los Angeles College. Hereandnow will perform at 8 p.m. Friday, April 19,
at UNCA’s Dining Hall.
UNCA’s annual Worldwide Fashion Show will showcase UNCA students in
traditional attire from various international cultures from around the
world 2 p.m. Saturday, April 20, on the UNCA Quad. Fashions from China and
Japan as well as Africa, Hmong, India and other nations will be featured.
Spring fashions from local merchants, including the Gap and Structure,
will represent American trends. Models are members of UNCA’s
multicultural and international student organizations.
A screening and discussion of "The Joy Luck Club" will be
held at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 30, in UNCA’s Humanities Lecture Hall.
Grant Hardy, UNCA history department chair, will discuss significant
themes of the movie as they relate to Asian American issues. He will also
give a historical background on the roles of Chinese women in the early
For more information, call UNCA’s Multicultural Student Affairs
Office at 828/251-6671.
- Samuel Williams, UNCA Multicultural Student Affairs Director,
- Jill Yarnall, UNCA Public Information Assistant Director, 828/251-6526