Celebrate the Year of the Rabbit

January 22, 2023 to February 9, 2024

  • The Rabbit is a symbal of longevity, peace and prosperity and 2023 is predicted to be a year of hope.
  • Chinese greeting: Kung Hei Fat Choy! Wishing a happy and prosperous new year to you!
  • Korean greeting: Haengbokan Saehae Doeseyo! Have a happy new year!


December 2023/January 2024

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Dec 12 - Committee Meeting

Asian Pacific Islander (API) Committee Meeting


Date: Tue, Dec 12

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Zoom 

  • Help plan for an upcoming Lunar New Year celebration
  • Let's kick start planning for May's Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander History Month


Dec 19 - Committee End-of-Semester Luncheon

Asian Pacific Islander (API) Committee End-of-Semester Luncheon


Date: Sun, Dec 19

Time: Noon

Location: Olleh Convoy




Jan 16 - Committee Meeting

Asian Pacific Islander (API) Committee Meeting


Date: Tue, Jan 16

Time: 3:00 pm

Location: Zoom 


Year of the Dragon, let's go!



October is Filipino American History Month!


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Sep 21 - Aloha Compadre Reading, Q&A & Book Signing

In collaboration with the Latinx Alliance of Grossmont College, Miramar College and San Diego Mesa College, please join us for a reading by Dr. Rudy P. Guevarra, author of Aloha Compadre: Latinx in Hawai'i. He is a Professor of Asian American Studies at Arizona State University. There will be time for a Q&A and book signing.


Date: Thu, Sep 21

Time: 2:00-3:20 pm

Location: Griffin Gate


Food will be served from Lady G's and sponsored by Basic Needs Services.






Oct 9-26 - Filipino Barong Tagalog and Filipiniana Attire Display

Check out the Barong Tagalog and Filipinana: Filipino Attire to be on display for Filipino American History Month.


Date: Oct 9-26, 2023

Time: Library Open Hours

Location: Grossmont College Library, Building 70, 1st Floor




Oct 10 - API Health Professional talks about Traditional Filipino Medicine

Join Dr. Catherine Sy Luib as she shares her speciality of Traditional Filipino Medicine - Native Hilot with Babaylan Dayang Guro (A healing demonstration and Babaylan Tea).


Date: Tue, Oct 10

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm

Location: The Library Living Room, 70-162






Oct 11 - National Coming Out Day Celebration

In collaboration with Grossmont College Classified Senate and the Latinx Alliance of Grossmont College, come and celebrate National Coming Out Day at this semester's first student pop-up event.


Date: Wed, Oct 11

Time: 10:00 am-4:00 pm

Location: Main Quad


Filipino food will be provided by Tita's Kitchenette and sponsored by Basic Needs Services. There will be displays, games and prizes.


All are welcome!




Oct 19 - Open Mic, Poetry, Narratives, Music, Comedy

Calling all speakers! Join us for an Open Mic session. Then stay for a feature from San Diego Poet Laureate Jason Magabo Perez.


Perez holds an MFA in writing and consciousness from New College of California, formerly in San Francisco, and a dual PhD in ethnic studies and communication from the University of California, San Diego. He is an author and performer of staged multimedia works. Currently he is an associate professor and director of ethnic studies at California State University San Marcos and is serving as poet laureate of San Diego from 2023 to 2024.


Date: Thu, Oct 19

Time: 11:00-12:30 p.m.

Location: The Library Living Room, 70-162


Desserts from All About Ube will be provided.






Oct 25 - Filipino American History Month Movie Night

Join us in watching "The Fabulous Filipino Brothers" written and directed by the talented Filipino-American Basco Family. The story is about four Filipino brothers as they go through life, love, break-ups, and hardships together, and is played by real-life brothers.


Date: Wed, Oct 25

Time: 4:30-6:30 pm

Location: The Library Living Room, 70-162


Filipino food will be provided by Lady G's.






Oct 26 - "Day in the Life" series with an API speaker

Join Alex Villafuerte, Executive Director of the Pacific Arts Movement, as he speaks about a career in Business or Economics. He is a Filipino-American  and has been a prominent community organizer and advocate since 2016 through their work with many organizations advocating for the rights and building the capacity of marginalized, intersectional communities and individuals. Mr. Villafuerte is a proud alumni of San Diego State University receiving a Bachelor of Arts in Economics.


Date: Thu, Oct 26

Time: 11:00 am-12:30 pm

Location: Career Services, 60-140 & Zoom


Filipino food provided by Lady G's Cateen and sponsored by Basic Needs.





OFF-CAMPUS: Oct 28 - Struck & Plucked, An Evening of Rondalla & Kulintang Music of the Philippines

Samahan Filipino American Performing Arts & Education Center, Inc. presents Struck & Plucked: An evening of Rondalla & Kulintang music of the Philippines.


Date: Sat, Oct 28

Time: 6:00 pm

Location: Mingei International Museum


Admission: $25




September 2023 - Our Hearts are with Maui

Wildfires have devastated Lahaina, Pulehu and Upcountry on the island of Maui. Thankfully our members' ohanas are okay. The Committee is trying to find the best way to help in this time of need. In the meantime, here are some links to resources who are supporting the rescue efforts. We will try and update information as we receive them. Local Hawaii businesses are having a hard time shipping supplies to the affected areas so monetary donations from California are best right now.


Please continue to pray for the safety of the people, firefighters and responders.


June-August 2023

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June 2 - The API Committee End of Year Get-Together

Celebrating the end of the school year with Karaoke and Lunch!


Date: Fri, Jun 2

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

Location: The Library's "Living Room"


Lunch provided from Thai Thai Restaurant in Santee.


See photos.


June 6 - The Asian Pacific Islander Graduation Celebration

Celebrating our API gradudates!


Date: Tue, Jun 6

Time: 4:00-6:00 pm

Location: Main Quad





June 30 - The API Committee Luncheon

Continuing our annual trek to our favorite Korean BBQ restaurant!


Date: Fri, Jun 30

Time: Noon

Location: Taegukgi Korean BBQ




August 8 - The API Committee Meeting

Starting off the 2023-24 Academic Year early and strong...


Date: Tue, Aug 8

Time: 3:00-4:00 pm

Location: Zoom


Contact Grossmont.API@gcccd.edu if you need the Zoom link.



May 2023 - Asian American Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AANHPI)

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May 2-31 - AANHPI Heritage Library Display
"Tastes of the Asian Pacific Islander Cultures - Stories from API Committee members of their favorite foods and special memories" 
Date: May 2 - 31
Location: Grossmont College Library, 1st Floor Display
Check out the Library's Virtual List of available books and movies.
May 3 - AANHPI Heritage Kick-off
Date: Wed, May 3
Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Grossmont College Main Quad
Food provided by Sam Woo BBQ.
May 9 - Day in the Life Series featuring API speakers Jocelyn Lomahan and Vincent Puu
Date: Tue, May 9
Time: 10:00-11:00 am
Location: Griffin Gate
Food provided by Lady G's.
May 10 - San Diego Kimono Club Fashion/Dance Show
Date: Wed, May 10
Time: 11:45 am-12:30 pm
Location: Grossmont College Main Quad
Performance begins at 11:45 am
Food provided by Narumi's Sushi and Teriyaki
May 16 - Virtual experiential workshop: On AAPI Internalized Oppression CANCELLED

Experiential workshop to explore our own internal oppression. Please come ready to share! This event is open to AAPI identifying students, faculty and staff.


Date: Tue, May 16

Time: 12:00-1:00 pm
Location: Zoom provided after registration
Facilitated by Grossmont College Counselors and Staff
May 17 - AANHPI Heritage Family College Night 
Hosting high school students and community members interested in attending Grossmont College
Date: Wed, May 17
Time: 5:30-7:30 pm
Location: Griffin Gate and the Main Quad
Department Fair: 5:30 pm
Dinner: 6:00 pm
Food provided by Da Kine's Hawaiian Cuisine
May 25 - President Jimmy Carter and Spiritual Malaise: South Korean Zombies

Date: Thu, May 25

Time: 2:00-3:00 pm

Location: Building 31 Room 129


Join the discussion over pizza and Pocari Sweat.


Details to come!



April 2023

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Apr 8 - APICA & ASC Mental Health & Community Care Forum
A Forum on the Asian American & Pacific Islander Experience
Date: Sat, Apr 8
Time: 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Location: Mira Mesa Library, 8405 New Salem, San Diego, CA 92126
For more information, Asiansolidaritycollective.org
Apr 12 - Representation Matters: Creative Inclusive Campus Environments for AANHPI Student Success
Date: Wed, Apr 12
Time: 12:00-1:30 pm
Location: Virtual Event
Join us for a virtual webinar co-sponsored by the Chancellor’s Office and Asian Pacific Americans in Higher Education (APAHE). This webinar will feature system leaders discussing the imperative of workforce diversity and the impact of AANHPI representation among faculty, staff, and administrators on student success and equity. 
Apr 22 - 2023 Ni'ihau Shell Jewelry Class
The Hui o Hawaii of San Diego is having a Niihau Shell Workshop.
Date: Sat, Apr 22
Time: 10:00 am-2:00 pm
Location: Guardian Angels Church, 9310 DaleHurst Rd, Santee, CA 92071
Members: $20.00
Non-members: $25.00
Kits: price varies
Lunch: $7.00 (optional)
For information call: 619-306-9817
Apr 22 - Candlelight K-Pop: A Tribute to BTS
Enjoy 65 minutes of your favorite BTS songs by the String Quartet - Range Ensemble.
Date: Sat, Apr 22
Time: 6:15 pm and 8:30 pm shows
Location: Neil Morgan Auditorium at the San Diego Central Library
Age Req: 8 years old or older. Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult
Tickets: $47.00-60.00
Apr 29 - Asian & Pacific Islander Festival
Umeke.org presents the Asian & Pacific Islander Festival, celebrating the beautiful cultures and traditions that originated from the Asian and Pacific Islander communities.
Date: Sat, Apr 29
Time: 10:00 am-5:00 pm
Location: Oceanside Civic Center
FREE TO THE PUBLIC - Family Focused / Accessible to All / Museum & Library / Cultural Foods / Martial Arts Arena


February 2023

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Week of Welcome Fair

Date: Wed, Feb 01

Time: 11:00 am-1:00 pm

Location: Grossmont College Main Quad


The Committee is so happy to meet with many Griffins at the Week of Welcome Fair.  We are looking forward to meeting more students and the community this semester.


See photos.


Off-Campus Workshop: The Inclusive Campus: Focus on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders

Date: Fri, Feb 3rd

Time: 1:00 pm PST




Off-Campus: BTS: Yet to Come Concert in Cinemas

Experience the October 2022 Yet to Come Concert in Busan, South Korea on the big screen! The API Committee is sitting in E10-13. Bring your ARMY lightsticks and join the party!


Date: Sat, Feb 4th

Time: 3:00 pm showing

Location: Regal Mira Mesa ScreenX

Price: $30 per ticket


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Lunar New Year Pop-up Celebration

Date: Wed, Feb 8th

Time: 11:30 am-1:00 pm

Location: Main Quad


Experience Chinese cuisine and Lunar New Year culture. Food sponsored by Grossmont College Basic Needs Program.


For photos.



January 2023

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Off-Campus: API Committee Lunar New Year Luncheon

Date: Sat, Jan 21

Time: Noon

Location: Taegukgi BBQ House


See photos.


Grossmont College Library Lunar New Year Display

Date: Jan 18-Feb 08

Location: Grossmont College Library


See photos.


Off-Campus: Festival San Diego Lunar New Year

Festival San Diego Lunar New Year


Date: Fri-Sun, Jan 20-22

Location: Jeremy Henwood Park


Off-Campus: San Diego Tet Festival

San Diego Tet Festival


Date: Fri-Sun, Jan 27-29

Location: Mira Mesa Community Park


Off-Campus: Lunar New Year Lion Dance and Firecracker Show

Lunar New Year Lion Dance and Firecracker Show 


Date: Sat, Jan 28 at 11:00 am

Location: World Foods Supermarket, 5245 El Cajon Blvd.


Off-Campus: Lucky Lion Dancers

Lucky Lion Dancers


Date: Sat, Jan 28 at 3:00 pm

Location: Pechanga Resort Casino