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UK community invited to 'GET HAAPI' this AAPI Heritage Month

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 10, 2024) — May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and the University of Kentucky community is invited to “GET HAAPI” with Lexington’s cultural events taking place each weekend.

Lexington's Heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (HAAPI) celebrations are sponsored by UK, with contributions from the Martin-Gatton College of Agriculture, Food and Environment and the UK Alumni Association.

Events include:

  • Friday May 10: Carnegie Center for Literacy and Learning will host a night of poetry, music, and an international tea tasting. Doors open at 6 p.m. Event is free.
  • Friday May 17: During Gallery HOP, Lexington Public Library Central Branch 3rd Floor will be hosting a juried show of AAPI artists along with performances ranging from dance to music to a fashion show. Teppan Food Truck will be serving Japanese snacks out front. HOP begins at 5 p.m. Event is free.
  • HAAPI movie weekend at the Kentucky Theater:
    ⚬ 7:30 p.m. Thursday May 23: “Yellow Rose.” Broadway superstar Eva Noblezada stars as a Filipina teen in Texas grappling with her undocumented status while striving to become a country singer. The movie will be preceded by a musical performance from Yoko Nogami.
    ⚬ 10 p.m. Friday May 24. “Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle.” The stoner classic features Kal Penn and John Cho on a night full of misadventures. The movie will be preceded by a hip-hop dance performance from The Fam Foundation. Audience members will also be treated to sliders and fries from Tuk Tuk Snack Shop.
    ⚬ 3:30 p.m. Sunday May 26. “Turning Red.” From Disney Pixar, this coming-of-age story of giant proportions follows a Chinese-Canadian teen as they grapple with culture, puberty and boy bands. Film preceded by story time with Yvonne Hwang.

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