APID Heritage Month Events
Join us for APID Heritage Celebration in 2022!

APID Heritage Month Events

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**NOTE: Film Screenings are not approved for Flex Credit

APID Heritage Month Kickoff Event

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 4, 2022, 11:00AM – 1:00PM
In-Person Location: LAC – south side of A building (near Carson St.)

Join Board President Ntuk, Dr. Corral, and others as we kick off our Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi Heritage Month. We welcome you to join us in person as we celebrate and highlight the community and many families within our diverse and vibrant cultural group. Learn about the various resources available on campus, enjoy some food, giveaways, music, and more!

Weekly APID Podcast Series

This month we are excited to host an Asian Pacific Islander Desi PODCAST that highlights and uplifts the identities, experiences and cultures. We will be launching one episode a week featuring dynamic speakers and topics. You can listen to this podcast on any podcast listening platforms.

  • Podcast Release Date: May 1, 2022
  • Access the Weekly Podcast Series on Spotify

Speaker: Belinda Theam

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 11:00AM – 12:00PM
In-Person Location: LAC, P-134

Belinda Theam, an Asian-American Attorney speaks on how she shaped her identity, overcame self-doubt, challenged implicit bias and put down roots in her community. Join us as Belinda Theam Esq., a renowned attorney in the City of Long Beach, speaks on diversity, equity and knowing your personal rights.

Overcoming Boundaries of Health: Chinese Herbal Medicine in a Latinx Community

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 11, 2022, 4:00PM – 5:00PM
Zoom Link: https://lbcc-edu.zoom.us/j/98476265843

The Centro de Medicina China offers holistic and alternative medicine and healing. The practice, dealing in Chinese herbs and acupuncture, serves the predominantly Latinx community of Huntington Park. Attendees will not only learn about Chinese herbs and acupuncture, but how Mr. Ricardo Con has broken down cultural barriers to treat chronic, difficult to treat and diagnose diseases and conditions for his community.

Film Screening: Shang Chi

Date/Time: Thursday, May 12, 2022, 7:45PM – 9:30PM
In-Person Location: LAC- Quad area between L and E Buildings

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Grab a blanket, pull up a chair, and join us in the E quad at the Liberal Arts Campus for a movie screening under the stars! Tonight, we will be showing Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Watch as Shang-Chi, the master of weaponry-based Kung Fu, is forced to combat his past after being drawn into the Ten Rings organization.

MANA – Meet Your Village

Date/Time: Monday, May 16, 2022, 12:00PM – 3:00PM
In-Person Location: Nordic Lounge & SJIC

Students, staff, faculty, the Superintendent, Executive Board, and Board of Trustees are all welcome! Join us as we introduce a soft opening to the MANA Program housed in the SJIC. In addition to our keynote speaker, Iosefa Aina, we invite all attendees to come and learn about drumming in the Pacific with our drumming expert and practice your drumming skills.

Under Your Spell: Becoming a Master Networker / Sweeney Mae

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 17, 2022, 1:00PM – 2:00PM
In-Person Location: LAC, P-126

Leverage your authenticity to build your network and create opportunities. Learn how to effectively create collaborative relationships. Implement best practices to achieve the best results when meeting new connections.


An Afternoon of Inspiration with Mahesh Balasooriya

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 18, 2022, 3:30PM – 5:00PM
In-Person Location: LAC, H-111

Mahesh Balasooriya is an American born Sri Lankan Grammy nominated pianist. A student of Classical and Jazz piano, he has won numerous awards and accolades as well as toured with a number of major artists, including but not limited to: Natalie Cole, Stanley Clarke, Stevie Wonder, and Christian McBride. Performing with world-class symphonies and big bands, Mahesh is making his way to LBCC to share his love and passion for music with you! Come listen to Mahesh perform pieces paying homage to musical artists within the APID community and share his journey in the industry.

Pacific Islanders in Higher Education – Community College

Date/Time: Tuesday, May 24, 2022, 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Online via Zoom: Register here, or go to Zoom and enter the Meeting ID: 997 3779 4334

Conversations about Pacific Islanders in Higher Education – Community College. Come learn about current trends and the community college pathway into higher education for Pacific Islanders. We invite three community colleges from Washington, Northern California, and Southern California that currently serve our PI student community. Click on the event flyer for additional event info.

To request accommodations, please contact Event Lead, Teila Robertson at least 5 days in advance.

Meet Your Village

Date/Time: Wednesday, May 25, 2022, 12:00PM – 1:30PM
Zoom Link: https://https://lbcc-edu.zoom.us/j/98661356497

Sit in on an informal conversation among your very own community members that make up the LBCC APID Affinity Group. Learn more about the people that support you and the ones that make up your community at LBCC. You may have more in common than you know.

Film Screening: Disney Moana

Date/Time: Thursday, May 26, 2022, 7:45PM – 9:30PM
In-Person Location: PCC – Quad area in front of EE Building

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Grab a blanket, pull up a chair, and join us in the EE quad at the Pacific Coast Campus for a movie screening under the stars! Tonight, we will be showing Disney’s Moana. When a terrible curse incurred by the Demigod Maui reaches Moana’s island in Ancient Polynesia, she answers the Ocean’s call to seek out the Demigod to set things right.

Meet Award-Winning Author Naomi Hirahara

Date/Time: Friday, May 27, 2022, 3:30PM – 5:30PM
In-Person Location: LAC – LBCC Auditorium Building J

The LBCC Library and Learning Resources presents: Meet Award-Winning Author Naomi Hirahara. Discussion and book signing of Clark & Division; First 10 attendees will receive a free book. Attendance is free.

Click on the event flyer to view map and additional event info.

For Accommodations: 72 hours prior to the event, (562) 938-4558 (voice), (562) 353-4217 (videophone), & DSPS-staff@lbcc.edu // Sign Language Interpreting-Communication Access Realtime Translation: 5 business days prior to the event, contact Event Lead & Stephanie Bonales at sbonales@lbcc.edu or (562) 938-4918 *requests are based on provider availability*