AA/PI Cultural Showcase

Wednesday, May 30th


Merrill College Cultural Center

“Divergent Paths and Unifying Perspectives”

A showcasing of various AA/PI traditional and contemporary cultural identity talents expressed through music, dance, theatre and poetic performances accompanied with a dinner filled with wonderful ethnic food.

Food from:

Aloha Grille
Royal Taj

Bangkok West
Town & Country Korean BBQ

Performances from:

Chinese Student Association
People of the Islands
Isang Himig
John Kuan
Jaime Sok
Pathanapong Pathanadilok
Hmong Student Association


Please contact AA/PIRC at aapirc@ucsc.edu or 831-459-5349 for more information or disability related needs.


AA/PI Heritage Month Keynote Speaker Reception & Speech

Celebrate national Asian American/Pacific Islander (AA/PI) Heritage Month with,

Keynote Speaker:

Justin Lin

Film Director, Writer, & Producer

Wednesday, May 23rd



Ethnic Resource Center (map)



Jack Baskin Engineering Auditorium (map)

To learn more about Justin Lin, Continue reading

CSA Semi-Formal Dance

“One Starry Night”

When: Saturday, June 2nd @ 7:30PM

Where: Oakes Learning Center


The end of the school year is approaching! Forget your worries & keep this date open to celebrate the night away. Bring all of your friends!


FREE Polaroid photo for the 1st 100 arrivals!
FREE Glow necklaces for everyone!

– – MUSIC – –

Hip Hop, R&B, Slow Jams, Oldies, Reggaeton, & more!

– -TICKETS – –

$3 in Advanced
[ In front of Baytree Bookstore: May 29-31: 10AM-5PM ]


$5 at the Door

CSA wishes to make this event accessible to everyone.
For disability needs, please contact SOAR (831) 459-2934.

28th Annual Multicutural Festival

Saturday, May 19th


Oakes Lower Lawn (aka Lower West Field)

Over 20 student organizations representing a variety of ethnic backgrounds have come together for months to plan one of the largest annual events on campus.

Come experience the performances and food of UCSC’s underrepresented cultural populace!

MCF will be featuring the B-Side Players and a line up of an amazing variety of performances from numerous ethnic student organizations.

Throughout the day, student organizations will be selling food to showcase a taste of their culture. CSA will be making Orange Chicken and Rice at its food booth, so don’t miss out!

This year’s MCF theme: One People, One Struggle, One Love

Mark your calendars so you don’t miss out!

MCF would like to make this event accessible to everyone.
For disability needs, please contact SOAR at (831) 459-2934.

Santa Cruz Chinatown Tour, Round 2

Thursday, May 17th

Meet at the small plaza behind Mobo Sushi on Front Street (which is between Trader Joe’s and Riverfront Cinema downtown)

Although the chinatown of Santa Cruz is no more, it was once where Downtown Santa Cruz is today. It was first developed in the mid-1860s, but after many years of struggles, a disastrous flood in 1955 persuaded the small population of remaining residents to disperse.

The tour will be lead by George Ow, who not only is apart of the last family that moved out of Santa Cruz Chinatown, but is one of the last remaining survivors of Santa Cruz Chinatown. He will show you where buildings once were and share his very touching life experiences.

So grab some lunch downtown and head over to the meeting spot!!! Transportation accomodations may be requested via email (csaucsc@yahoo.com), but are not garaunteed.

Some pictures from our May 8th trip:

George Ow sent a letter to CSA after our May 8th Santa Cruz Chinatown Tour giving some more insight about the commonly unknown struggles he and other Chinese residents faced during the time of Santa Cruz Chinatowns.
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“Carved in Silence” Film Night

Tuesday, May 15th


Cowell Conference Room
(In the walkway area, directly across from the Cowell office)

“Carved in Silence” is a film by Felicia Lowe that explains the dramatic story of Angel Island, also known as the “Ellis Island of the West.” After the Chinese Exclusion Act (1882), potential immigrants were detained in an “Immigration Station” on this small island and vigorously interrogated for up to three years. Some detainees brushed or carved their feelings in poetry onto the wooden walls of the detention center. The film features interviews with detainees and scenes recreated in the actual barracks.

Guest speakers and discussion leaders include Nancy Kim (AA/PIRC Director) and Yiman Wang (UCSC Professor in Film & Digital Media).

Limited seating: only 40 spots available.

Snacks and drinks will be available.

CSA wishes to make this event accessible to everyone.
For disability needs, please contact SOAR at (831) 459-2934