API Heritage Month

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MiraCosta College Events Celebrating Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

We hope that you will join us for this year’s APIHM (Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month) activities. Please share these events with your friends, family, colleagues, and students.  A gallery of all fliers is available here.


Virtual Library Display
The MiraCosta College Library has created captivating online displays featuring items from their collections of each of the History and Heritage Months. Make sure to check out the online display for books and ebooks, biographies of famous people, and online films and documentaries.

Submit your writing and art to Tidepools 
Share your voice and story in MiraCosta’s Journal of Written and Visual Storytelling: Tidepools. This year’s theme is quarantine and we want to see your stories in a variety of genres: short and flash fiction, creative nonfiction/essays, poetry and spoken word, comic strips, painting, photography, mixed media, and graphic design. Submit through https://www.miracosta.edu/tidepools by Friday, December 4. Send questions to tidepools@miracosta.edu.

May 1-31
A.S.I.A.N. in America
An anti-hate social media campaign addressing anti-Asian and Pacific Islander racism, hate, and discrimination in the United States during the Coronavirus global pandemic. New posts released daily on www.ncheasd.com, @ncheasd on Instagram and Facebook. The goal for this campaign is to raise awareness about current acts of anti-Asian racism, discrimination, and hate happening in San Diego County, highlight locally owned Asian and Pacific Islander businesses, organizations and groups that service our communities, recognize stereotypes and misrepresentation of Asians in the media, and share strategies for being allies to our Asian and Pacific Islander friends, family and community organizations.

How to Participate:
  • Submit a short written or video response on an issue or topic that is related to AAPI experiences or alliances. Responses should be between 300 to 800 words or 1-3 minutes in length in order to accommodate blog and vlog spaces on our featured platforms.
  • Submit images you would like featured with caption descriptions that help to explain what the image is about and/or who is in the image. You must own the rights to these images and have permission of all individuals featured.
  • Complete our survey and share information about your business, who you are and how you serve the San Diego community as an Asian Pacific Islander or ally.
  • Recommend books, artists, writers, musicians, performers, entertainers, athletes, community leaders, activist organizations, events and/or any other relevant resources that we can highlight in our campaign.


Tuesday, April 27, 4-5 PM
Yoga for All Bodies with Diana Victa
Join us as movement instructor Diana Victa guides us through a yoga session! Those who attend will be entered into a drawing to win a yoga mat.

Tuesday, May 4, 3:30-5 PM
On our mission to #StopAAPIHate, join us to celebrate the creativity and activism of changemaking AAPIs who are not your model minority. The amazing panelists are:
Michelle Hanabusa: designer, entrepreneur, activist behind #HateIsAVirus
Jason Casem: publisher, writer, and professor at LBCC
Fumi Abe & Mic Nguyen: creators of the AsianNotAsian podcast

Wednesday, May 5, 1-2 PM
No Need to Fix Being Mixed: An Affirming Space for Multi-Ethnic API Identities
Sometimes being mixed, multiracial, or multi-ethnic within the Asian and Pacific Islander communities can make us feel as if we don’t belong, invisible, or isolated. In this roundtable, we can be ourselves while exploring our varied histories and sharing our thoughts and experiences with each other.

Friday, May 7, 5:30-6:30 PM
Painting and Self Care with the MANA Club
Discover yourself through painting techniques. Come and have fun in a safe environment led by two MANA students, Dannia and Cam.

Wednesday, May 12, 11AM-12PM
Food Sustainability
Join Kuikeokalani Kamakea-Ohelo from Hawai’i as he presents on food sovereignty and your future.

Wednesday, May 12, 2-3:30 PM
UndocuHustle Through Art and Advocacy
Meet Boomyarit “Bo Thai” Daraphant, entrepreneur, artist, and advocate for the undocumented community. He’s the founder and owner of his own clothing brand, which blends art and advocacy. Come learn about how he’s thrived while living as an undocumented artist and activist. Learn more about Bo here:  https://immigrantsrising.org/fellows/bo-daraphant/

Tuesday, May 18, 2-3 PM
Hula History with Helen!
Learn two Hawaiian dances and the history behind them with the vice president of the Mana Club and MiraCosta student Nani Highland.

Wednesday, May 19, 4-5:30 PM
Mana Fa’au’uga Graduation
Join us as we honor our MANA graduates of 2021 and celebrate our Pacific Islander students.

For details about APIHM events or to get involved in upcoming History and Heritage Month planning, please contact Jodi Mulhall at jmulhall@miracosta.edu. Thank you to the students, faculty, and staff on the planning committee who help make this rich programming possible. Thank you to MANA student Cam Reyes for creating the artwork featured in the cover image for this year's calendar.