Community Engagement

Students are required to attend any event in the San Diego community, either within or beyond the university, that engages with any of the populations, critical issues and cultural themes that we are studying. Students will write a reflection paper that describes the event and analyzes its relationship to the course.

Reflection Paper Requirements

  • Papers are to be 3-4 pages long, typed, double-space, 12pt font, with works cited.
  • All reflections are due by Thurs 11/12 but may be turned in before then.
  • Students will briefly summarize the event they attended. Pertinent details may include date, location, sponsoring organization, occasion, and audience.
  • Students will relate the event they attend to any of the readings, overarching questions, and key themes of our course. For those questions and themes, please see the course overview. The two major questions to consider are: How does this event present a sense of Asian American identity and community? How is it an attempt by Asian Americans to make home in San Diego?

*Note : There is an opportunity to earn extra credit by attending and reflecting on more than the required amount of community events. Please ask instructor for further details.

Please find below a listing of possible community events you may attend. If you know of any events pertaining to our course, please email me and I’ll post and announce them to our class! Check back constantly as this list will be frequently updated. Don’t wait till the last minute to participate in a community event.

Sat 8/31, 6:30-8:30pm @ Port of Entry – San Ysidro. International Day of the Disappeared: Candlelight Vigil. In remembrance of all migrants who have suffered human rights violations.

Sun 9/1, 4-8pm @ Filipino Food and Bakery (2852 Main St  San Diego, CA 92113). LUMPIA Film Screening and Fundraiser. Lots of FIlipino food and independent filmmakers!

Sat 9/7, starting at 10am @ Pt. Fermin Park – Festival of Philippine Arts & Culture. The iconic festival and annual celebration returns, now in its 22nd year! FilAm ARTS invites you to join us Sep.7-8 at Pt Fermin Park for the largest and longest-running community tradition in Southern California — the only event where you can see over 500 artists & performers from all over the world entertain you and 25,000 of your closest friends & family! Advance tickets are available at

Wed 9/11, 7pm @ Ansir Innovation Center – “AB 123: What the Manong’s Labor Struggle Teaches Us”  – Educational discussion sponsored by the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program and the National Asian Pacific American Women’s Forum about Assembly Bill 123 mandating instruction in CA high schools about the Filipino contribution to the farmworkers movement.

Fri 9/13, 7-9pm @ 1535 Euclid (Cox Communications Parking Lot) – Pac Arts Drive By Cinema –  Kung fu movie mayhem, DJ beats, giveaways, FREE PIZZA! @ Old Rancho Drive-In Theater (Cox parking lot near Federal / behind McDonalds). Bring lawn chairs!

Sat 9/14:

Th 9/19 & Sat 9/22 @ the Arclight La Jolla and AMC La Jolla theaters – Cinema Paradise Korean Film Festival. In celebration of Korean Thanksgiving Day, the San Diego Cinema Heritage Foundation presents Cinema Paradise, a Korean film festival in San Diego. All films are free of charge. English subtitles are provided. For more information, see attached flyer; to reserve your tickets, visit

Th 9/19 5:30-9PM @ the Westin Gaslamp Quarter – Asian Business Association’s 23rd Annual Scholarships & Awards Gala. Recognizing business & community leaders in San Diego. More than 450 guests expected. For more information and to register online, visit

Fri 9/20:

  • 8AM-5PM, @ the Westin Gaslamp Quarter – Asian Business Association & Cal Asian Chamber’s 2nd Annual California Asian Business Summit. Bringing together corporate, business and government leaders to explore cutting edge issues affecting the global economy. For more information and to register online, visit
  • 8:30pm @ The Griffin (1310 Morena Blvd) – BEATS & BRUSHES – Local Asian Pacific American hip hop artists, MCs, DJs and live art for 21+ only. Doors open 8:30pm / $6 cover / Ladies free before 9:30pm.

Sat 9/21, 5:40pm @ Pecto Park – Chinese Culture Night Saturday, Padres vs. Dodgers. Celebrate Chinese culture and community. Exclusive discount ticket offer in select sections. Come early to enjoy Chinese inspired entertainment in the Park at the Park, starting at 4:00pm. Use special offer code CHINESE when purchasing tickets online.

Wed 9/25, 9 to 10pm @Filipino Food and Bakery (2852 Main St, San Diego) – the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program presents Back to School Open Mic! Come listen and perform! Delicious Filipino food a plus!

Th 9/26, 5:30pm @ Bamboo Lounge (1475 University Ave) – Asian American and Pacific Islander Women in Academia Speaker Series. To RSVP:

Sat, 9/28:

  • 10am-3pm Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation –  Culinary Fusion Festival. Come sample food from ten local Asian restaurants that has been modified to be good for your waist line, your heart, your health, and delicious to the taste. Free. Sponsored by the San Diego Asian Pacific Islander Health Network (SDAPI) and co-sponsored by Lao American Coalition. To learn more about the event, please visit!/events/150787021781694/
  • 10am – 4pm @ Colina del Sol Park, 5319 Orange Ave San Diego, CA 92115 – the Karen Organization of San Diego will be hosting their fall fundraising festival. Come explore the culture f Burma!
  • 5-10pm @ @ Zion Market Parking Lot, 7655 Clairemont Mesa Blvd. The inaugural San Diego Night Market brings together a fusion of Asian street food, merchandise, and entertainment within the bustling Convoy District, an emerging cultural, economic, and innovation hub in central San Diego. This open-air, evening-time urban experience is inspired by the lively Night Markets found in large cities throughout Asia.  Don’t miss this exciting event celebrating Asian-culture….& uniquely San Diego!

Th 10/3, 1:00-3:30pm @ Room 214 Southwestern College – Guest writer series with Filipino American author Lysley Tenorio.

Fri 10/4,

Sat 10/5,

  • 10am @ 6th Ave & Laurel in San Diego – National Day of Action for Immigration Reform. March for dignity and respect for all immigrants!
  • 10am-6pm @ Paradise Valley Road between Woodman Street and Gilmartin Avenue – Fil Am Fest! Festivities will begin with the Opening Ceremony promptly at 10am followed by the many festival activities celebrating Filipino American culture and community. Make sure to check out KAMP and UPAC’s youth culture tent with their workshop on pre-colonial Filipino writing that they demonstrated for our class
  • 12-4pm @ FIl Am Fest (see above) – This year, FilAmFest is introducing the Literature Out Loud area for festival attendees to laugh, cry and participate in story-telling workshops through out the day during the festival. Starting at noon, visit the literary area to meet different Filipino and Filipino American writers as they share their stories with you. To see full descriptions of workshops go to: To RSVP for a workshop, email

Fri 10/11 to Sun 10/13 – The Critical Filipino & Filipina Studies Symposium. Three-day symposium discussing what it means to engage in a critical Filipino & Filipina Studies. Open to academics, educators, artists and organizers. Click here for detailed flyer.

  • Fri 1-2pm @ UCSD Cross Cultural Center: a roundtable with notable academics (Sarita See – UC Riverside; Robyn Rodriguez – UC Davis; Michael Viola – Antioch University)
  • Fri 4-8pm @ UCSD Cross Cultural CEnter: the launch of writer Marivi Blanco’s new book, The Mango Bride and a celebration of an anthology about Filipinos in hip hop @ UCSD Porter’s Pub
  • Sat 10am-1pm @ UCSD Cross Cultural Center: an open discussion with academics, educators, activists, and artists about what a critical Filipino/a framework looks like in and outside the university
  • Sat 2-5pm @ UCSD Cross Cultural Center: a workshop that details how to practically structure a collective to engage in both academic and extra-academic project
  • Sun 1 to 3pm @ Filipino Food and Bakery (2852 Main St, San Diego): a community discussion about the militarization of youth in the local San Diego community

Sat., 10/19, 11:30 am – 1:15 pm @ the College-Rolando Public Library, 6600 Montezuma Rd. – The San Diego Chapter of the Japanese American Citizens League (JACL) will present a free film showing of “MIS: Human Secret Weapon” followed by a discussion about the 6,000 Japanese Americans who served in the secret Military Intelligence Service (MIS) during World War II as interpreters, translators, interrogators & after the War, helped build understanding between the United States & the post-war U.S. occupation of Japan. Discussion afterwards by Susan Hasegawa, Professor of History, SD City College, and Lane Nishikawa, film voice narrator.

Th 11/7 – Fri 11/15 – San Diego Asian Film Festival (SDAFF). See festival schedule for times and locations. Any film or SDAFF sponsored event will work for the community event reflection paper.

Sat 11/9, 8am-2pm @ the Hahn University Center at USD – The 3rd Annual Ugnayan Conference. Hosted by the Filipino Ugnayan Student Organization of USD. This year’s conference theme is “Standing Together, Making The Change.” Food, speakers, workshops. Open to the entire community. Free for USD students, or $7 pre-registration cost ($10 day of registration). For more information, see attached flyer or email


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