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Asian Pacific American Resource Center Partnerships Illuminate our Identities

Three fall events examine the complexities of Asian Pacific American culture.

by Katherine Abando


The Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC) provides an educational space for CSUF students to learn about issues affecting Asian Pacific Americans on campus.

APARC coordinator Jacob Chacko actively works with multiple CSUF resource centers to create programs on how Asian identity and other identities intersect. Chacko reminds us that Asian Pacific Americans aren’t one homogenous group.

“There’s multiple social identities we carry, so we aren’t always one thing,” he said.

APARC events this fall focus on LGBTQ issues, Asian Pacific American immigration status, and our unique food cultures. Check out these events focused on the Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American (APIDA) experience in Southern California:

What’s love got to do with it?
A co-sponsored APIDA and LGBT Queer Resource Center potluck will be held on Oct. 16 from 12 – 1:30 p.m. You can RSVP here to find the location and receive more info. LGBTQ Asian Pacific American students can bring food and chat about sex and gender issues in our community.

Invisible immigrants
Dr. Mike R. Manalo-Pedro from Cal-Poly Pomona specializes in research about undocumented Asian Pacific Americans. Manalo-Pedro will speak at the “Talk Story: Supporting and Empowering UndocAPI Students at the CSU” event on Nov.1 at 5 p.m. CSUF Housing Room Pine 140.

Bold flavors
APARC and the Chicano/a Resource Center explores how colonialism influences street food with a program called “Beyond the Korean Taco: Asian & Latinx Histories,” which happens on Oct.11 at 5 p.m. at the Diversity Initiatives & Resource Centers Brave Space PLS 180.

Know your acronyms
APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) is a term used by the Asian Pacific American Resource Center (APARC). Desi references people whose ancestors are from the Indian subcontinent or South Asia and its diaspora. Other terms used are Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) and Asian Pacific Island American (APIA).

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