Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2007

Highlights at Foothill College

Wednesday, April 11
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Opening Ceremony: Cultural Celebration
A fun, multicultural event, Foothill’s Spring Carnival Fair 2007 features a Chinese lion dance, Asian food, game booths and opening remarks by Foothill College Interim President Penny Patz.
Time: 11 a.m.–1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Library Quad
Free Admission

Thursday, April 12
Origami Workshop Part I
Participate in the traditional Asian art of paper folding. We’ll guide you as you use this simple, elegant and timeless technique to create your own paper sculpture. Co-sponsored by the Foothill Chinese Student Union.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Japanese Cultural Center
Free Admission

Friday, April 13
Film Festival Screening of Russell Peters’ Comedy Video (Southeast Asia)
Russell Peters is a Southeast Asian comedian whose shows sell out worldwide. He speaks on topics familiar to Indian, Arab, Caribbean, Chinese, Filipino, Korean, Vietnamese, and other South and Southeast Asian communities that remain invisible to mainstream media and sometimes to the broader Caucasian population.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission

Monday, April 16
Guest Lecture Series I: Japanese Ceramics Featuring Andy Ruble, M.F.A.
Foothill College Ceramics Instructor Andy Ruble, M.F.A. will demonstrate the making of Japanese tea bowls and storage jars using the potter’s wheel. The presentation includes a discussion of the history and function of these handcrafted vessels. Ruble will also perform a raku firing. Raku is a 500-year-old ceramics firing procedure that can loosely be traced back to Japan.
Time: 10:30–11:30 a.m.
Location: Room 1803
Free Admission

Monday, April 16
Origami Workshop Part II
Expand your knowledge about the traditional Asian art of paper folding. We’ll help you create a unique paper sculpture using these ancient techniques. Co-sponsored by the Foothill Chinese Student Union.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission

Tuesday, April 17
Guest Lecture Series II: In Good Conscience Featuring Shizue Seigel
A third-generation Japanese American whose family was interned during World War II, Shizue Seigel is the author of In Good Conscience. Her book chronicles the efforts of non-Japanese citizens who assisted the Japanese internees on legal, social, educational and civil liberties issues. She is the former editor of Nikkei Heritage, the quarterly magazine of the National Japanese American Historical Society, and former English editor for The Beam.
Time: 10 a.m.–1:50 p.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission

Tuesday, April 17
Guest Lecture Series III: Women in Leadership Featuring Buu Thai
The senior field representative for California Assemblywoman Sally Lieber, Buu Thai works directly with residents of the 22nd Assembly District. Thai’s Her primary focus is to work toward equality for women and girls. She serves as a commissioner for the Santa Clara County Commission on the Status of Women & Domestic Violence Council where she advocates for services for low-income women and their families. She also serves on the board of directors for Asian Americans for Community Involvement and Yu-Ai-Kai.
Time: 1:30–2:20 p.m.
Location: Room 6502
Free Admission

Wednesday, April 18
3rd Annual Foothill American Idol Contest & Volunteer Fair
Cheer on your favorite performers at Foothill’s version of the popular American Idol vocal competition. Find out how you can earn college units for volunteering on and off campus with organizations such as Foothill’s Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Planning Committee. Gift certificates for KJ’s Café will be awarded. Co-sponsored by the Volunteer Center and Financial Aid Office.
Time: Noon–1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Library Quad
Free Admission

Thursday, April 19
Brush Painting Featuring Ami Wada
Japanese brush painting is a creative art form that expresses spiritual depth and beauty by means of Kanji and Kana characters. Artist Ami Wada will demonstrate painting with a brush and ink. Her work is well recognized and intended to capture your imagination. You’ll also have the opportunity to create your own magical paintings.
Time: 10–11:50 a.m.
Location: Library Quad
Free Admission

Friday, April 20
Film Festival Screening of God of Cookery (Hong Kong)
Stephen Chow plays Sik San, the self-styled “God of Cookery”, an arrogant restaurateur who uses his image to launch substandard restaurants and poor quality instant food. He loses it all when he’s betrayed by his employees, Ng Man-Tat (unrecognizable with white hair and sans moustache), and Vincent Kok, who becomes the new cookery god.
Time: Noon–2 p.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission

Monday, April 23
Japanese Language Workshop & Tea Ceremony Featuring Ikuko Tomita, Ph.D.
Foothill College Japanese Instructor Ikuko Tomita, Ph.D., presents Survival Japanese Conversation, a workshop designed for students with little or no experience speaking Japanese. You’ll learn how to use some basic phrases and vocabulary. A formal tea ceremony demonstration follows, and includes a brief explanation of “the way of tea.” Seating is limited to 30 students, and is first come, first served. Free refreshments. Co-sponsored by the Foothill College Japanese Department and Japanese Cultural Foundation.
Time: 10–11:50 a.m., Language Workshop; Noon–1 p.m., Tea Ceremony Demonstration & Refreshments
Location: Japanese Cultural Center (Room 6601)
Free Admission • Seating Is Limited

Monday, April 23
Acupressure for Stress Workshop Featuring Betty Ko, L.Ac.
Betty Ko, L.Ac., discusses the ancient healing art of acupressure. Through demonstrations, you’ll learn how to reduce stress in your life by applying acupressure techniques. Co-sponsored by the Foothill College Health Services Office.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission

Tuesday, April 24
Guest Lecture Series IV: Diversity & Educational Equity Featuring Nicky Gonzalez Yuen
A Political Science/Women’s Studies Instructor at De Anza College, Nicky Gonzalez Yuen will address issues of politics, race, class, gender, environmental sustainability and justice, political empowerment and organizing, and educational equity. He is the founder and principal trainer for De Anza’s Diversity Leadership Training Project.
Time: 10–11:50 a.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission

Wednesday, April 25
Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Closing Ceremony: Cultural Celebration & Club Day.
This exciting celebration features Club Day where you’ll learn how to join or start a campus club as well as have the chance to meet with other students who share your interests. Also, there will be an Indian fashion show and performance by the Foothill American Idol contest winner. The event concludes with scholarship announcements and closing remarks by Foothill College Adaptive Learning & Disabled Services Division Dean Gertrude Gregorio, M.A. Co-sponsored by the Organizations Board of Directors, Foothill Indian Student Association and International Student Connection.
Time: Noon–1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Library Quad
Free Admission

Thursday, April 26
Guest Lecture Series V: Buddhist Art Featuring Simon Pennington, M.A.
Foothill College Art History Instructor Simon Pennington, M.A., will lecture and present a slide presentation chronicling Buddhist art. He will cover the basic tenets of the Buddhist faith and discuss how Buddhism was adopted in China and Japan.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Room 1501
Free Admission

Thursday, April 26
Guest Lecture Series VI: Hindustani Music Featuring Rajeev Taranath
Internationally acclaimed performer Rajeev Taranath is one of the world's leading exponents of the sarod–the distinctive stringed instrument of northern India that resembles a lute. A distinguished disciple of Maestro Ali Akbar Khan, Taranath’s performances combine the depth and rigor of Hindustani classical music tradition with imagination and emotional intensity. Hailed as a prodigy of Hindustani vocal music, he was trained by his father, Pandit Taranath, and other eminent musicians, and was a concert and radio artist before age 20. Co-sponsored by the Foothill Indian Student Association.
Time: 10–11:50 a.m.
Location: Room 1401
Free Admission

Friday, April 27
Film Festival Screening of Buffalo Boy
A powerful coming-of-age story set in rural 1940’s Vietnam, Buffalo Boy introduces you to a young man from a poor family who is sent by his father to find grass for the family’s two starving buffalo. He is soon caught up with a rough and dangerous band of buffalo herders, and discovers freedom, adventure, love—and secrets about his past that will transform his life.
Time: Noon–2 p.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)
Free Admission

Monday, April 30
Guest Lecture Series VII: Asian American Documentary Filmmakers Featuring Duc Nguyen, Christopher Woon & Roldan Lozada
Duc Nguyen is the director of Bolinao 52, a documentary that chronicles the experience of one boat filled with 110 Vietnamese refugees who drifted for 37 days and were brought to the village of Bolinao. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mass communication from the UC Berkeley. Christopher Woon directed Among B-Boys, a short documentary on Hmong break-dancers called B-Boys. He holds a bachelor’s degree in biology from UCLA. Award-winning filmmaker and journalist Roldan Lozada was the director of photography for Gesture Down (I Don’t Sing), which has been screened at several film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival in 2005.
Free Admission
Panel Session I
Time: 8:30–10 a.m.
Location: Chinese Heritage Room (Room 3523)

Panel Session II
Time: 10–10: 50 a.m.
Location: Room 1101

Tuesday, May 2
Raffle Fund-Raiser for APAN Scholarships
Raffle fund-raiser for APAN scholarships. You do not need to be present to win. Purchase raffle tickets from the Student Activities Office.
Time: 1–2:30 p.m.
Location: Administration Lobby (Building 1900)
Free Admission

  • For additional event, driving and parking information, access www.foothill.edu or call (650) 949-7282.
  • Earn College Credit—Enroll in Foothill's SOSC 36 course and earn one unit of transferable credit by participating in heritage month planning and activities. For requirements and registration information, call (650) 949-7218.
  • PAA and PGA available for faculty and staff participation.



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