Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2005
New Beginnings: Preserving Our Historical Past

Highlights at Foothill College

Monday, April 4
Film Festival Series: Infernal Affairs I
The setting is the never-ending war between the police and the triads of Hong Kong. When a mobster goes undercover as a cop while a cop infiltrates the mafia, with both men intent on exposing the other one as a mole. The film is also soon to be remade in the U.S. by Martin Scorsese, and will star Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Jack Nicholson. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Location: Room 3523
Free Admission

Tuesday, April 5
Film Festival Series: Infernal Affairs II
This film is the prequel to Infernal Affairs I. Both the triads and the police find an enemy in a rival crime boss. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Location: Room 3523
Free Admission

Wednesday, April 6
Asian Pacific Islander Opening Ceremony: Club Day & Cultural Celebration
A kick-off event during Club Day where you can visit recruiting tables, meet club representatives and learn how to join or start a club. This event will feature opening remarks from Foothill College President Dr. Bernadine Chuck Fong and sensational Japanese drumming from Watsonville Taiko. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon-1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Library Quad
Free Admission

Monday, April 7
Film Festival Series: Infernal Affairs III
In the third installment of this popular film series, the pressure and fear of his identity being exposed, leads the cop to consider a new life.
Time: Noon-2 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
Location: Room 3523
Free Admission

Tuesday, April 12
3rd Annual Origami Workshop
Origami is the art of paper folding. Participants will be instructed in this ancient Japanese paper craft, as presented by members of the Foothill Japanese Club. Final artwork will be donated to the Stanford Children’s Hospital. Co-sponsored by the Foothill Japanese Club.
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Room 3523
Free Admission

Wednesday, April 13
Foothill American Idol Contest Finals
Are you the next American idol? Can your talent make you the next super star? Then sign up for the Foothill American Idol Singing Contest. All Foothill College students are encouraged to sign up and see if they make the final cut. Top artist awards will be presented at the end of the contest. This contest is co-sponsored by the Financial Aid Office.
Time: Noon-1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Library Quad
Free Admission

Thursday, April 14
The Art of Living: Yoga Workshop
The Art of Living Organization will share the benefits of yoga, breath work and meditation in your life. Learn about the Art Excel Program for children, enjoy free samosas, participate in a yoga session and learn the true meaning of “Namaste.” Learn more at www.artofliving.org. Co-sponsored by Foothill College Outreach & Retention Office. Free refreshments.
Time: Noon–1 p.m.
Location: Room 3523
Free Admission

Monday, April 18
Lecture & Workshop—Rearticulating Slam & Rediscovering Balagtasan: Rhyming Debates & Poetic Jousting Featuring Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, Irene Duller & Henry Francisco
San Francisco State University Assistant Professor of Ethnic Studies Allyson Tintiangco-Cubales, will discuss the significance of Spoken Word, also known as SLAM. Spoken Word is the oral tradition of literature with a blend of art, tradition, love, hip-hop, emotion, culture and political empowerment. She will also explain the importance of understanding Spoken Word, and its impact on Asian American culture. Dr. Tintiangco-Cubales will team up with Irene Duller, Asian American Studies master’s degree candidate, and Henry Francisco, Asian American Studies bachelor’s degree candidate, to present a demonstration of this powerful verbal art form. Dr. Tintiangco-Cubales is creating a curriculum for Youth of Color, first-generation and transfer students. She is the director of PEP, Pin@y (Pinay/Pinoy) Educational Partnerships, an academic-cultural-social-leadership program that provides a space for SFSU students to teach Filipino American Studies at the high-school level. She is also a contributing author to Becoming & Bulosanan: Pedagogical Tools to Instruct the Formation of Identity & Ideology, an Asian American teaching book. Co-sponsored by Foothill Filipino Club.
Time: 10-10:50 a.m.
Location: Room 3523
Free Admission

Monday, April 18
Halo Halo: Food Workshop

A sweet, creamy and filling dessert, Halo Halo (from the word halo which means mix) is a favorite Filipino dessert or snack. It’s a mixture of sweet preserved red beans and chick peas, coconut meat (macapuno), jackfruit (langka), pounded dried rice (pinipig), sweet yam (ube), cream flan (leche flan), shreds of sweetened plantain (saba), crushed ice and milk (or coconut milk) that is topped with ice cream. Join the Foothill Filipino Club as they demonstrate how Halo Halo is made, and then make one of your own. Sponsored by the Foothill Filipino Club.
Time: Noon-1 p.m.
Location: Room 3523
Free Admission

Tuesday, April 19
Acupressure for Stress Workshop Featuring Betty Ko

Betty Ko L.Ac., will teach you how to handle stress and demonstrate how to apply acupressure techniques to yourself. Co-sponsored by the Foothill College Health Services Office.
Time: Noon-12:50 p.m.
Location: Room 3523
Free Admission

Tuesday, April 19
Lecture Series I—Youth in Leadership Featuring Educator & Politician Madison Nguyen

Madison Nguyen is the first Vietnamese woman elected as an official of the State of California. In 2002, she was elected to be the president of the Franklin McKinley School District Governing Board. She will discuss the importance of youth in leadership.
Time: 1:30-2:20 p.m.
Location: Room 6708
Free Admission

Wednesday, April 20
Lecture Series II—Madras on a Rainy Day Reading & Book Signing Featuring Author Samina Ali

Samina Ali, author of Madras on a Rainy Day, has been published in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Child Magazine, among other publications. A compelling storyteller, she uses language that is at once lyrical and unsentimental, to explore the ups and downs of being a first-generation Muslim Indo-American woman trapped between the demands of competing cultural heritages. Her debut novel is a must read for anyone interested in understanding the multicultural fabric of contemporary America. She has been a speaker at the Muslim Leaders of Tomorrow: Transforming the National Conversation About Islam American Sufi Muslim Association Conference, Asian Pacific American programs at the Smithsonian Institution, PEN/Faulkner Conference and 10th International American Women Writers of Color Conference. Sponsored by Foothill College Health Services Office.
Time: 10-11:50 a.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Free Admission

Thursday, April 21
Kau’i Isa-Kahaku— Kumu Hula Dance Workshop
Kau’i is the director/kumu hula of halau Na Wai Ola. A hula practitioner for more than 25 years, she has trained with many well-respected kumu hula. She began dancing professionally at the age 9, which led her to performances in Las Vegas and as far away as Japan. Today, her halau (hula school) is located in Cupertino and includes more than 250 students.
Time: 10-11:50 a.m.
Location: Room 1401
Free Performance

Monday, April 25
Japanese Language Workshop & Tea Ceremony
Foothill College Japanese Instructor Dr. Ikuko Tomita will present Survival Japanese Conversation, a Japanese language workshop designed for beginning Japanese students and for people who have no prior experience in learning Japanese. You’ll learn how to use some basic phrases and vocabulary. All handouts will be provided. Seating is first-come, first served, and is limited to 30 students. The workshop concludes with a tour of the college’s Bamboo Garden led by curator Gordon Holler as well as a formal tea ceremony demonstration. Dr. Tomita will give a brief lecture on the history of Japanese tea ceremony and explain “ the way of tea.” Co-sponsored by the Foothill College Japanese Department and Japanese Cultural Foundation. Free refreshments.
Time: 10-11:15 a.m., Language Workshop with Dr. Ikuko Tomita; 11:20-11:55 a.m., Bamboo Garden Tour with Curator Gordon Holler; Noon-1 p.m., Tea Ceremony, Demonstration & Refreshments
Location: Japanese Cultural Center (Room 6601)
Free Admission

Tuesday, April 26
The Patriot Act Lecture & Discussion: Dr. Peter Irons & Banafsheh Akhlaghi
A panel of guest speakers will address the Patriot Act and its effects on civil liberties. Dr. Peter Irons, a professor emeritus of political science at the University of California, San Diego, is a successful civil rights attorney, writer and expert on Supreme Court history and constitutional litigation. His research in the early 1980s uncovered evidence that information was deliberately suppressed by government officials during the landmark Supreme Court cases of Korematsu, Hirabayashi and Yasui that upheld the legality of the Japanese American internment. His work led to the re-opening of these cases and resulted legal voiding of the original convictions of two surviving Japanese Americans. These cases later became the subject of Unfinished Business, the 1985 Academy Award-nominated documentary.

A practicing civil rights attorney in San Francisco, Banafsheh Akhlaghi tracks Muslim and Arab immigrants who have been detained in California as a result of a special registration program implemented under former Attorney General of the United States John Ashcroft and the Immigration & Naturalization Service. She has provided pro bono counsel to many Middle Eastern, Muslim and Arab American men caught in these immigration sweeps. She taught constitutional law at John F. Kennedy University in Orinda.
Time: 10-11:50 a.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Free Performance

Wednesday, April 27
Calligraphy Brush Writing Workshop
Chinese calligraphy—brush writing—is an Oriental art unique to Asian cultures. Through the medium of form, brush technique, presentation and style, calligraphy conveys the moral integrity, character, emotion, esthetic and culture of the artist to the reader. Co-sponsored by the Foothill International Student Connection.
Time: 11-12:50 p.m.
Location: Library Quad
Free Performance

Wednesday, April 27
Asian Pacific Islander Month Closing Ceremony Celebration
This exciting celebration features a martial arts demonstration by the Karate Club; a Filipino Bamboo Dance, a performance by the winner of the Foothill American Idol Contest; Zheng (traditional Chinese instrument) performance by Erin X. Mai; scholarship announcements; raffle; and closing remarks by Foothill College Adaptive Learning Division Dean Gertrude Gregorio.
Time: Noon-1 p.m. (College Hour)
Location: Library Quad
Free Performance

Thursday, April 28
Lecture Series III: Becoming Multicultural in a Monocultural Society Featuring Dr. Lily Wong-Fillmore, Professor Emerita
A linguist and educator, Dr. Lily Wong-Fillmore has focused much of her research, teaching and writing on issues related to the education of language-minority students. She will discuss the kind of education and experiences that might make our society multicultural in spite of its strong monocultural tendencies. Immigrants manage to hang onto their cultures and languages only by overcoming the forces toward assimilation. It takes a special effort to achieve multiculturalism, which makes it possible to appreciate and participate in more than one culture. Her research and professional specializations include second-language learning and teaching, education of language-minority students and socialization of children for learning across cultures. Recently retired from the faculty of the Graduate School of Education at the University of California, Berkeley, she has conducted studies of second-language learners in school settings on Latino, Asian, American Indian and Eskimo children. Co-sponsoredby Organizacion Latino Americana (OLA).
Time: 10-11:50 a.m.
Location: Smithwick Theater
Free Performance


Additional Events & Activities

  • Komachi Designs Craft Display—Japanese origami cards and origami dolls by Komachi Designs are on display throughout the month of April in the Foothill Campus Hubert H. Semans Library (Room 3501). Exhibit open Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; and Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Admission is free.




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