Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Archive

2022 2021

2022 Events

Recipes & joy of cooking

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, Lin Hong and her amazing Chinese 103 students spent the day celebrating cultures and sharing recipes. Watch this video for some pro tips and to experience the true joy of collaboration in cooking.  Attached are the recipes that Lin and her students cooked and shared with each other.

请享用  (bon appetit)

Ingredients and Recipes

Virtual Book Discussion 

aapi book


Not Quite Not White
by Sharmila Sen

Fridays starting May 6
Noon-1:00 p.m. PST

contact to register and for more information


Free copies available to students while supplies last!




Film Viewing and Panel Discussion

film aapiRabbit in the Moon film screening

Panel discussion with director Emiko Omori and producer Chizuko Omori.

Friday, May 20 
5-7:30 p.m. PST
Wille Hall, COCC Bend


"Rabbit in the Moon, an award winning selection at the Sundance Film festival as well as an Emmy Award winner for Outstanding Historical Programming, is a documentary film written and directed by Emiko Omori and produced by Omori with her sister Chizuko on Japanese Americans in American concentration camps during World War II. The film highlights Japanese resistance and other lesser told stories during the time. Discussion with filmmakers Emiko and Chizuko Omori to follow film viewing.



2021 Events

Acknowledging Asian American Contributions:
Awareness of Mutual Struggles and Successes Quells Anti-Asian Hate

Time: May 6, 2021 06:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Please join us in a conversation that focuses on contributions made by Asian communities that helped the advancement of the United States. Topics include the First Transcontinental Railroad and how Asian American soldiers and Asian Immigrants served with pride in all branches of the WWII U.S. military. Participants are invited to engage in a question and answer session after the panel discussion.

Ed Gor, Chair, CAWWII Veterans Recognition Project

Major General Bill Chen, U.S. Army Retired

Lida Peterson, CPPM, CDMP, CTA, President, Connected International Meeting Professionals Association

Moderated by Lin Hong

Registration is Required

Free Event

Addressing Issues AAPI Communities are Facing Nationally and in Central Oregon Communities

Time: May 10, 2021 05:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Please join us in a panel discussion with Central Oregon leaders to discuss issues the Asian American and Pacific Islander Communities are facing nationally and in our communities.

Ami Zepnewski: Educator, Bend La Pine School District Board member of JASCO (Japanese American Society of Central Oregon) Member of RJE (Restorative Justice and Equity)

Miina McCown: Artist and high school senior attending COCC under the Baker Early College program Art Major who wants to pursue Journalism

Rita Schenkelberg: Bend City Councilor Mental health counselor Healing Justice Collective

Phil Chang: Deschutes County Commissioner

Registration is Required

Free Event

MINARI Film May 14 & 15

A Korean American family moves to an Arkansas farm in search of its own American dream. Amidst the challenges of this new life in the strange and rugged Ozarks, they discover the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.
Host a Virtual Film Screening Party

Screening Available to Start 3:30-7:30 p.m. PST

If you would like to host your own virtual screening party, please contact:

Christy Walker at for the link and instructions.

Limited viewing links available. You will receive an email link and viewing instructions 2 days prior to viewing. Participants will have four hours to watch the film & additional bonus materials from the time they begin watching before their content expires.

Free Event

Yes you can:  Options for Study Abroad in Asia and beyond

Time: May 19, 2021 12:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Have you dreamed of studying in Asia or elsewhere in the world?  Join two COCC faculty with experience in studying and living abroad to learn about options for studying in Asia, benefits of a global education, Financial aid and scholarship options and resources to pursue an international education. Hosted by Lin Hong and Sara Henson

Free Event

Educational Resources

The book, Unsung Heroes, published by Chinese Americans Citizen Alliance (C.A.C.A.) Boston, highlights deeds and accomplishments of Chinese American WWII Veterans. 

Many of the articles are written by sons, daughters, and grandchildren of veterans. It’s a remembrance book for our current and future generations. The first five chapters cover deeds and accomplishments of veterans across the country. The last two chapters are devoted to New England veterans.

The book was initially sponsored by a small group of volunteers to fund for 300 copies, where New England WWII veterans who contributed their bios for the book were given complimentary copies.  Proceeds of sales go to C.A.C.A. Boston support of Congressional Gold Medal activities; not for profit to any individuals. 

For more information and book orders visit: C.A.C.A. Boston

Unsung Heroes

"Unsung Heroes" book cover, courtesy of C.A.C.A. Boston.

Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project
The Chinese American WWII Veterans Recognition Project is a program of the Chinese American Citizens Alliance (C.A.C.A.), a 501(c)8, and the National Chinese American Citizens Alliance Community Involvement Fund, a 501(c)3. Together we are spearheading a national campaign to identify, honor and recognize the efforts and accomplishments of all Chinese Americans who served in the United States Armed Services in World War II.

Duty to Country
Duty to Country which is the second phase (Education) of the Filipino Veterans Recognition and Education Project (Congressional Gold Medal awards being the first phase).

Chinese Historical Society
The Chinese Historical Society of America collects, preserves, and illuminates the history of Chinese in America by serving as a center for research, scholarship and learning to inspire a greater appreciation for, and knowledge of, their collective experience through exhibitions, public programs, and any other means for reaching the widest audience.

History of Chinese Americans in USA (1830s-2000)
This is a comprehensive video which describes the Chinese History from 1830-2000

Support Local Asian and Pacific Islander Businesses

Restaurants/Food Vendors

Aina Hawaiian Bend
A Kauai-style Hawaiian food cart in Bend, Oregon, crafted by Kauai native and Bend transplant Ian Vidinha. Come find us at Bevel Craft Brewing. Catering available.

Big Island Kona Mix Plate
E Komo Mai!
First opening in Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii in the 1970’s, the Kim Family has brought Hawaii’s local style restaurant to Bend, serving traditional lunch and dinner plates, sandwiches, and soups.
680 SW Powerhouse Dr #1004, Bend, OR

Aloha Café
547 NE Bellevue Dr, Bend, OR 97701

Poke Row
At Poke Row, our focus is on fresh and healthy food, in a cozy, casual environment. Whether you dine in or take away, you can expect the best. We prioritize local, natural and sustainable ingredients - all put together just the way you like!
Fremont Building, 2735 NW Crossing Dr, Suite 105  Bend, OR 97703

Bend O Bento
Bend-o Bento Japanese Kitchen serves authentic Japanese lunches, Monday through Friday. Excellent vegetarian and vegan options.
1375 SE Wilson Ave #105, Bend, OR 97702
541-323 3357

Chan’s of Bend
Chan's has been proudly serving Chinese food to the people of Bend for over 30 years. We take great pride in using only the freshest, quality ingredients to create flavorful dishes that reflect the varied cuisines of China.
1005 SE 3rd St, Bend, OR 97702

3118 N. Highway 97, Bend Oregon

King Buffet
2000 NE 3rd St #104, Bend, OR 97701

Nam Tok Kitchen
745 Northwest Mount Washington Drive # 200, Bend, OR 97703

Thai on the Fly-A Taste of Thailand
Experience the wonderful flavors of our delicious Thai cuisine. All of our dishes are prepared fresh daily. Our menu changes on a daily basis so please take a look at our menu to find out what we're serving for you today!
696 NE Greenwood, Bend



Oregon Tai Chi Wushuoregontaichiwushu
Teaching Chinese Martial Arts - Tai Chi & Wushu
We also have a online training platform for Tai Chi 
Dao Universe Academy

tinkling dance

Tinikling is the national dance of the Philippines and is the most popular  traditional Filipino dance. The dancers jump in and out of clapping bamboo sticks, emulating the tinikling bird weaving through tall grass and branches.

Dancers from the Filipino American Association of the High Desert have
performed this traditional dance at previous Asian Pacific Islander festivals at COCC.

Image Courtesy of  Filipino American Association of the High Desert