Asian, Asian American & Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Alliance

The Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander Faculty and Staff Alliance (AAAPI FASA) is an Employee Resource Group (ERG) within the Division of Human Resources. Our mission is to build and foster a community that promotes AAAPI cultures and values. We are committed to supporting its members’ needs and voices. In collaboration with other initiatives of diversity, equity, and inclusion, we host programs and events, creating sites for empathetic and effective allies.




Chinese and Japanese Game Day

Thursday, March 16, 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Join us at Kent State Student Center room 316 for games and refreshments! Hosted by the MCLS Chinese and Japanese programs. Contact Prof. Hui Yu at or Prof. Eriko Tanaka at with any questions.


World Poetry Reading

Tuesday, March 21, 7 p.m.

Nowruz is a celebration of the New Year observed in many countries along the Silk Road, including Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, India, Iran, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkey, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.  In association with different local traditions, they hold diverse events and festivals. 

In 2023, Nowruz falls on March 21, the day of the Wick Poetry’s World Poetry Reading: 7 p.m., Room 120, CAED, College of Architecture and Environmental Design. Participants are Kent State students, faculty, and staff from all over the world, including France, Brazil, Kyrgyzstan, Japan, Lebanon, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Iran, Malaysia, Bolivia, Macedonia, Morocco, Pakistan, and Italy. The Glauser String Quartet will play world music. Please join us to celebrate Nowruz and World Poetry Reading.  


Chinese Dim Sum Day

Wednesday, March 22, 3 sessions:

  • 9:55 - 10:45 a.m.
  • 11 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
  • 1:10 - 2 p.m.

Join us at Kent State Student Center room 316 for the chance to learn Chinese from Chinese students in the MCLS Chinese program! Attend any session. Contact Prof. Hui Yu at or Prof. Eriko Tanaka at with any questions.


Modern Japan - Cleveland Museum of Art

Now through Sunday, Jun. 18, 2023

Japan went from being an isolated country operating under a military regime to a country with imperialist ambitions and a representative government almost overnight. Artists who had worked within traditional patronage and workshop systems found themselves competing in a global arena and redefining what it meant to create “Japanese art” in the modern world. 

Learn more here!


Asian Pacific-American Heritage Month

May 1, 2023 - May 31, 2023

Learn more here!


AAAPIFASA Officers:  Yuko Kurahashi, Susan Mark-Sracic, Donna Lee
Executive members: Rui Liu, Wei Li, Gumiko Monobe, Rekha Sharma

For more information or to join, please contact Yuko Kurahashi, Ph.D., at