Taste of Asia, speaker Tereza Lee will kick off April’s Asian American Heritage Month events

Tereza Lee
Tereza Lee

April’s Asian American Heritage Month activities begin at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 4, with the Taste of Asia at Campus Recreation. Doors open at 6 p.m.

Keynote speaker Tereza Lee will share her story of being a former undocumented immigrant student, including her challenges, barriers and successes.

Lee’s powerful story inspired Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin to author immigration legislation known as the DREAM Act: “Whenever Senator Dick Durbin talks about his commitment to the DREAM Act, which he wrote and fought for, he talks of Tereza Lee.”

Students from NIU, the University of Illinois-Chicago and DePaul University will present cultural performances and spoken word. Participants also can use a “passport” to sample rice from various Asian countries, including Indonesia, China, Thailand, Philippines, Vietnam and more.

The Taste of Asia is sponsored by Kappa Pi Beta fraternity, Campus Recreation and the Asian-American Center.

For more information, call (815) 752-1177 or email AsianAmericanCenter@niu.edu.

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