SAMEAPI Heritage Month

Mills College Southeast Asian, Middle Eastern, Asian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (SAMEAPI) happens every year during the spring semester in March and April. SAMEAPI '21 events are organized by a planning committee of Mills College students, faculty, and staff, and the Ethnic Studies Program. Our committee includes representatives from several student organizations, including KAPWA, Muslim Student Alliance (MSA), Liberty in North Korea x Mills (LiNKmills), and the Asian Pacific Islander Student Alliance (APISA). Funding is provided by the Associated Students of Mills College. This year the events will be online, given the Bay Area COVID-19 shelter-in-place order.

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Mohinga Fundraiser for Myanmar’s Displaced Workers 
Wednesday, March 3, 2021 | 6:00–7:00 pm PST

Most recently, a student informed us of what’s going on in Myanmar, their home. Moe Hay is the only known Myanmar student on campus who the military coup impacted. We don’t believe we need to hear a thousand voices to listen to the voice of one. The Muslim Student Alliance collaboratively decided to hold a fundraiser for Myanmar on March 3, 2021, to support displaced workers. She will be provided with a platform to speak on what’s currently happening in Myanmar while cooking mohinga, a Burmese/Myanmar dish. Moe Hay will give you ways to support, and we all hope we can rally together against the military coup that has threatened the democracy and liberty of Myanmar. In this solidarity, we aim to support Moe Hay's mental health and emotional well-being during this difficult time. We appreciate and value Moe Hay's agency and will to fight for her people. Please share widely in the community for Myanmar.

Social Justice and Islam at the Intersection of Islamophobia and Gender Justice
Monday, March 15, 2021 | 6:00–7:00 pm PST

The Muslim Student Alliance invites you to join Haleema Bharoocha, a gender justice advocate and facilitator who has trained over 700 people in equity-related topics for this. session on social justice principles in Islam, an overview of the Islamophobia industry, and how gendered Islamophobia impacts Muslim women. The session will include activities and reflection and close out with a call to action on ways you can support the Muslim community as well as advocate against Islamophobia. This event takes place on the anniversary of the tragic New Zealand Christchurch mosque shootings and pays respects to the 51 lives lost and 40 individuals who were injured. This workshop is a call to action for us all to collectively dismantle Islamophobia and engage in social justice activism.  Learn more about Hallema Bharoocha

SPAM: Specially Processed American Me, and Asian American Identity with Guest Artist Jaime Sunwoo
Thursday, April 1, 2021 | 4:15 pm PST

Please join Mills Professor Susan Ito for SPAM (Specially Processed American Me) and Asian American Identity, a discussion of the work of Jaime Sunwoo, Korean-American multidisciplinary artist, who uses SPAM (the canned meat) as a portal into her Asian American upbringing and her family's experiences of the Korean War, investigating SPAM's legacy in the military, its significance in the Asia-Pacific, and its influence on Asian cuisine. Presented by KAPWA. Learn more about Jaime Sunwoo's work.

Kulfi: Creating a South Asian Beauty Brand Rooted in Community with Samia Abbasi
Monday, April 5, 2021 | 6:00–7:00 pm PST

The Mills College Muslim Student Alliance invites you to join Mills alumna and Kulfi Editor Samia Abbasi as she shares her journey creating content and community with Kulfi, a start-up beauty brand celebrating South Asian beauty with fun and approachable makeup products. Samia will share the importance of storytelling when building a brand, the power of infusing your lived experience in your work, and how ‘by us, for us’ initiatives can break barriers. 

Uyghur Voices: Understanding the Intersections of Uyghur Food & Culture 
Tuesday, April 6, 2021 | 6:00–7:00 pm PST

The Mills College Muslim Student Alliance invites you to join Maidina as she explores Uyghur culinary culture, the history of the silk road and the impact of the XPCC and CCP inter-colonialism on food security and economic disparities! Maidina is a Uyghur and Hui Zhou refugee, cook and writer based in Montreal, originally from Ghulja, East-Turkestan (Yining, Ili, China). Maidina’s work stems from her thirst to understand the dynamics of the ancient Silk Road trade route, British/Russian colonization, and the impact of modern CCP inter-colonialism policies on farming, food, and culture. Specifically, Maidina’s work is focused on the Xinjiang Food production and Construction Corp; a Paramilitary organization that is both an Agriculture/Construction corporation and a Governing/Policing body in Xinjiang; and how to approach Uyghur-CCP dialogue without falling into imperialist language. 

Student Voices Series—Hate is a Virus: A Deeper Look Into Anti-Asian Racism and Xenophobia with Victoria Lam & Grace Hirschfeld
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 | 6:00 pm PST

Mills APISA presents this deeper look into the history of oppressing Asian communities during times of US communal fear. More specifically, this event will review how the US government has furthered the narrative of racism and xenophobia in regards to Asians. It will examine the impact that this history of racism and xenophobia has had on 2020. Finally it will conclude by arming you with ways to support the Asian community during these times.

Mental Health
Thursday, April 8, 2021 | 6:00–7:00 pm PST

Mills APISA invites you to learn more about mental health with an emphasis on the Middle Eastern and North African Arabic and Farsi/Persian speaking communities with the Sidra Community Wellness Program/Diversity in Health Training Institute.

People Over Politics
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 | 6:00–7:00 pm PST

Although the United Nations has stated that the North Korean government's human rights abuses are unparalleled in the modern world, the political attention has been centered solely on nuclear weapons and the Kim family. However, North Korea is made up of 26 million people with stories, hope, and potential. Join Liberty in North Korea (LiNK) for an event to learn more about the challenges that the North Korean people face, the movement that is working with the people to accelerate change, and how you can stand alongside them. 

A Discussion of Anti-Asian Racism with Helen Zia
Thursday, April 15, 2021 | 4:00–5:00 pm PST

Noted journalist and activist, Helen Zia will discuss rising hate crimes, racial harassment, and discrimination against Asian Americans since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Zia will also discuss her life’s work as an activist for Asian American and LGBTQ+ rights, as well as share insights from her award-winning books—Asian American Dreams (a finalist for the prestigious Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize), My Country versus Me, and Last Boat out of Shanghai.

Dumpling Workshop with Kristina Cho—A Chinatown Community Development Center Fundraiser
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 | 5:00–7:00 pm PST

Help Mills APISA raise money for San Francisco Chinatown which is suffering due to an increase of xenophobia and racism during the pandemic, while making delicious potstickers. All donations from the event will go to San Francisco’s Chinatown Community Development Center.