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CSUSM to Celebrate APIDA Heritage Month Throughout April

In celebration of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month, Cal State San Marcos’ Cross-Cultural Center is partnering with campus organizations to present an exciting lineup of events.  

Everyone is invited to participate in the following events:


Cross-Cultural Cinema: "A Thousand Cuts”

April 3, 9:30 a.m., Cross-Cultural Center (USU 3400)

“A Thousand Cuts” goes inside the escalating war between the Philippine government and the press. The documentary follows Maria Ressa, a renowned journalist and 2021 Nobel Peace Prize recipient, who has become the top target of President Rodrigo Duterte's crackdown on the news media.


Cross-Cultural Cinema: "Far East Deep South"

April 10, 9:30 a.m., Cross-Cultural Center (USU 3400)

When a Chinese-American family travels from California to Mississippi to visit the grave of its ancestors, it stumbles upon surprising revelations about the racially complex history of the early Chinese in the segregated South. 


Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Cultural Festival

April 14, 7 p.m., USU Amphitheater/Forum Plaza

The APIDA Cultural Festival is an annual celebration of cultures that are a part of Asia, Southeast and South Asia. Similar to the night markets that are part of those communities, the festival recreates those spaces that are filled with food, festivities and entertainment. Performances by student organizations, live music and the smooth sounds of DJ Rosé occur throughout the evening. There will be food from L&L Hawaiian Barbecue, Kona Ice and many more vendors for the first 100 CSUSM students in attendance. 


Cross-Cultural Cinema: "To Be Takei"

April 17, 9:30 a.m., Cross-Cultural Center (USU 3400)

“To Be Takai” chronicles the life of actor, author and advocate George Takei, best known for his role as Lt. Hikaru Sulu, the helmsman of the U.S.S. Enterprise on the original “Star Trek." The film features interviews with fellow “Star Trek” actors William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Nichelle Nichols and John Cho.


API Rise: Reimagining the Criminal Justice System

April 18, 6 p.m., Cross-Cultural Center (USU 3400)

The Asian Pacific Islander Reentry & Inclusion Through Support & Empowerment (API Rise) is a support group of peers who help heal wounds and generate solutions for the invisible and oppressed among APIs in California's prison-industrial complex. API Rise addresses complicated and nuanced conditions due in part to cultural stigma, silence and apathy in the API community regarding criminal justice issues through sharing narratives of those directly impacted. 


APIDA Faculty Staff Association Monthly Meeting

April 19, noon, Kellogg 3010/Zoom

Join Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American staff and faculty for their monthly association meeting. Bring a colleague to be a part of the gathering and expand your professional network. The meeting is in person and on Zoom.


“Pagkawala Ng Sarili (Lost Identities)”

April 21, 5 p.m., Arts 240

Three college students (Tyler, Gabriel and Annabelle) from different depths of cultural backgrounds are struggling and finding their way through college life. Along the journey, they meet, and a friendship grows. As they open up about their individual traumas, they begin to learn there is more to each other's stories than meets the eye. Join the annual Pilipino Cultural Showcase, presented by Kamalayan Alliance at CSUSM, and purchase tickets at Eventbrite.


Cross-Cultural Cinema: "Emergence: Out of the Shadows"

April 24, 9:30 a.m., Cross-Cultural Center (USU 3400)

This documentary shares the struggles of marginalized queer youth and their families.


National Poetry Month Reading by San Diego Poet Laureate

April 25, 11:45 a.m., Cross-Cultural Center (USU 3400)

Jason Magabo Perez blends poetry, prose, performance, film/video, ethnography and oral history to investigate Filipina/o/x American histories, state violence, colonization, migration, memory and intimacy. Perez serves as the program director of ethnic studies at CSUSM and began a two-year appointment as poet laureate for the city of San Diego in January.


Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment

April 27, noon, Zoom - Register

Anti-Asian American and xenophobic harassment are on the rise across the United States. In this virtual workshop co-sponsored by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC), we'll learn how you can intervene effectively as a bystander without ever compromising your safety. 

Media Contact

Eric Breier, Public Affairs Specialist

ebreier@csusm.edu | Office: 760-750-7314