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November 5, 2012 | Kal Penn kicks off Asian Pacific American Heritage Week

The lights dimmed, the stage was set and students anxiously fill the seats of Irvine Auditorium last night.

To kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Week, actor, producer and Obama co-campaign manager Kal Penn delivered his keynote address to 600 students.

Penn’s vibrant and enthusiastic energy showed while he discussed the sociology of the media and his experiences working in Hollywood as a second-generation Indian American.

“My parents definitely did not want me to become an actor. They thought I was crazy,” Penn said. “They were finally okay with it when they saw that I played a doctor on ‘House.’”…

October 19, 2010 | Ryu’s Clues: More than just ‘Survivor’ winners

The Asian-American community, especially at pre-professional Penn, needs more encouragement from leaders like Kwon, particularly when pursuing careers in humanities- or social-science-related fields like nonprofit works, politics and arts and entertainment. Kwon was invited for several reasons, according to College senior and APAHW Coordinating Chairwoman Joanna Wu. “He represents a successful individual who works in governmental affairs, has succeeded over the ‘glass ceiling’ … and is someone who can relate to issues that many other young Asian Americans face…”

October 29, 2009 | Katdare discusses life as an Indian-American in Hollywood

Until arriving as a freshman at Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the fall of 1988, Deep Katdare was under the impression that he would have an arranged marriage. He had never considered acting as a career option, likening his decision to drop out of school to break into acting as tantamount to killing a family member. In the keynote speech for Asian Pacific American Heritage Week, Katdare spoke about his experiences growing up in a conservative Indian family and as an Indian-American in Hollywood at a discussion yesterday in Bodek Lounge Houston Hall…

October 24, 2007 | Heritage Week Mixes Business with Pleasure

Asian Pacific American Heritage Week organizers are implementing a work-hard, play-hard attitude toward this week’s array of cultural awareness events. Monday night began with a mixed group of about 250 students at Houston Hall listening to music of hip-hop-based duet Blue Scholars and celebrating the diverse heritage of Asian Pacific Americans as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Week…

November 10, 2003 | Unity Week, APAHW celebrate cultural diversity

The upcoming weeks will be highlighted by both the United Minority Council’s Unity Week and Asian Pacific American Heritage Week…

October 1, 2007 | Asian students compete for ‘biggest’ title

As a preview for Asian Pacific American Heritage week, which officially begins later this month, the second-annual event featured five male and five female contestants who competed to win the highest number of votes from the audience…

November 7, 2002 | Vigil honors victims of hate

Several candle-lit bags lined a stretch of Locust Walk Tuesday night. Written on each of these bags was a specific hate crime and its victim. The candlelight vigil, hosted by several Penn organizations for Asian Pacific American Heritage Week, was planned initially to take place on College Green but later was moved to Houston Hall due to the rain. The event featured a series of speakers, including both local activists and students…

February 22, 2002 | Asian Pacific heritage week begins

A rally on College Green yesterday afternoon marked the start of the ninth Asian Pacific American Heritage Week, a celebration of Asian American culture and history that will continue through next Saturday. Asian Pacific American students have arranged a wide variety of social and educational events over the next week and half, most notably a performance by popular comedian Margaret Cho tomorrow night in Irvine Auditorium.

February 5, 2002 | Comedian to wrap up tour at Penn show

“She is an outspoken Asian-American woman with a pretty dramatic rise to fame,” Lee said. “APAHW’s purpose is to celebrate cultural and heritage achievements in history, and her being Korean American is an expression of that.”

November 2, 2000 | Heritage week talk addresses race relations

Oh visited Penn’s campus as this year’s keynote speaker for Asian Pacific American Heritage Week, a week-long celebration of Asian Pacific American heritage and culture.
A political activist noted for her attempts to quell the Los Angeles riots of 1992, and also a member of President Clinton’s Initiative on Race, Oh addressed a crowd of about 75 people in College Hall yesterday…

October 30, 2000 | Asian Pacific American Heritage Week starts with a bang – and a pop concert

Asian Pacific American Heritage Week got off to a lively start this weekend with Saturday night’s KAI Kickoff Concert.
A popular Asian-American vocal group, KAI performed for roughly an hour in front of an enthusiastic crowd of about 300.
“We hope to bring you an atmosphere that will stimulate dialogue… and reflection on the Asian Pacific American experience,” APAHW co-chairman and College junior Walter Kim said about the week.

November 3, 1999 | Asian-Pacific models light up the runway

Amid flickers of camera flashbulbs and pounding techno music, Asian Pacific American Heritage Week’s seventh annual fall fashion show on Friday in the pillared rotunda of the Franklin Institute capped off a week of Asian pride and culture. A multitude of sponsors — including the Greenfield Intercultural Center, the Social Planning and Events Committee and all 14 Asian and Asian-American student groups — began planning the festivities in April and their hard work was crystallized through the dedication of students from all Asian backgrounds. The show’s title, Vis-^-Vis, encapsulates the strength the coordinators believe originates not only from an Asian background but a strong Western one as well.