Illinois State University’s AsiaConnect and the Asian Pacific American Coalition (APAC) will host events to celebrate Asian heritage from April 2-13.

Asian Heritage Week
Under the theme #MyAsianCulturalExperience, AsiaConnect will celebrate Asian Heritage Week, April 5-11. Free events for the events include a cook along with Dr. Tak Cheung, and sharing of projects, performances, and artifacts. “Asian Heritage Week has been AsiaConnect’s annual signature event since 2017. We dedicate this one week to celebrate Asian cultural identity,” said AsiaConnect president Dr. Li Zeng. “We’d also like it to serve as a platform for cultural education, bringing the community together to embrace diversity.” Find the list of AsiaConnect activities here.

FAST & PERFECT, a cooking demonstration and presentation with Dr. Tak Cheung will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 6, via Zoom. Those interested can access the event on Zoom here.

Cheung hosts the popular YouTube cooking show Wok with Tak. A retired Illinois State biological sciences professor, Cheung researches the immune system and the human body’s defense against diseases. He will give a presentation on his healthy cooking system with a demonstration of stir-fry cooking. He named his approach PERFECT (practical, efficient, rapid, economical, creative, and tasty).

Throughout the week, AsiaConnect is inviting people in the community to identify Asian Americans who have made great contributions to different fields in the U.S. and share on the AsiaConnect Facebook page.

Asian Pacific American Coalition
APAC, a student registered student organization, will host events April 2-4 and April 13, exploring topics related to Asian history, Asian identity, the Model Minority Myth, and more. A virtual Asian Cultural Heritage Celebration will also take place on the APAC Facebook page and @apacilstu on Instagram with participants invited to share Asian artifacts, such as crafts, performances, videos, films, and photos.

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