Full Sail Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition put on a night market event with games, prizes, and Chinese calligraphy.

Students gather around a table to play a game at APIC’s night-market event.

The Asian & Pacific Islander Coalition (APIC) at Full Sail University recently put on a night market-style event in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which is celebrated each May to honor the histories and cultures of Asian and Pacific Islander communities.

The lively event was set up with an array of booths ran by APIC students, featuring games ranging from balloon basket toss and playing cards to Go, a strategic Chinese board game. While music from a plethora of different cultures played throughout the patio, attendees went from booth to booth earning tickets to win prizes such as paper fans, ramen, and more.

The event also included a booth where APIC students wrote attendees’ names in the traditional art form of Chinese calligraphy, a writing style of Chinese characters using an ink brush. The students hope the name tags will spread Chinese culture to those who might not be familiar with the country’s rich history.

“This event is so important because it gives a spotlight for Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month,” says International Student Coordinator Justine Francisco. “I feel like a lot of people don’t know a lot about it. Yes, events like these provide food and games and give students the opportunity to have fun, but it also allows people to pause and recognize what this month is truly about.”