Asian Cultural Week (March 15-19)




In times of vaccines, virtual happy hours, and violent struggles, we are navigating through a world that has forced us to reflect on our lives. Acknowledging the adversity, we are working to better ourselves, our communities, and our understanding of our cultures. We are making a collective comeback by looking at our roots, our present self, and imagining the future to see who we are meant to be. With love and hope, we are...

...Finding our way



Exec Team:

(top row, L-R): Michael Montinola, Christelle Jara

(middle row, L-R): Casey Lee (intern), Maya Patel

(bottom row, L-R): Saumya Khanna, Ardi Samonte (advisor)









Monday, March 15th


Tuesday, March 16th 


Wednesday, March 17th

  • We’re In the Rain - by Aggie Librodo

  • A Journal Entry - by Maya Marquez

  • Para Sa Aking Ina - by Cheska Cunanan

  • Marquez Family 2017 - by Maya Marquez and Family

  • Colonial Conflict and the Birth of the Philippine Church - Event 1:00-2:30pm TODAY (presented by the Cummins Institute)

    • On Wednesday, March 17, during campus community time, 1:00 to 2:30, the Cummins Institute and the Asian Cultural Week Executive Team (ACW) will be welcoming all on-campus students, faculty, and staff to the front pavilion (tent), near the entrance to the College and off-campus students to the Rheem campus, to receive a commemorative cross and to learn about the conflicted history of the arrival of Christianity to the Philippine people. Brother Iñigo Riola, a Christian Brother from the Philippines, resident on campus, will share the story of Magellan and Lapulapu and the origin of the commemorative cross. Brother Iñigo will talk briefly at the campus pavilion at 1:15 p.m. and the Rheem campus at 1:45. All are welcome to come when they can during community time, to receive a cross and a brief written history. Home-baked Filipino treats will be served, individually wrapped.


Thursday, March 18th

  • Disconnected - by A.J. Johnson

  • DJ PartyArdi is streaming!!!! (4:00-6:00pm

  • ACW Live Show (6:00-8:00pm) - Join us for a night of celebration!

    • To carry on the tradition of cultural nights at SMC, the executive team of Asian Cultural Week 2021 is hosting a live virtual event on Thursday, March 18th at 6PM (PST). The live event will feature stories and messages from the Asian and Asian-American community and its allies. There will also be games and an opportunity to win prizes! Join us in honoring and recognizing the diversity, struggles, and triumphs of the Asian and Asian-American community. Please see the information below for Zoom meeting details and more.

    • Featuring:

      • The Lola x Kenneth Collaboration

      • Senior Set - by Sean Palaad

      • Addressing Anti-Asian Violence

      • Trivia & Prizes


Friday, March 19th

  • Response to Anti-Asian Violence (video)

  • Asian Cultural Night 2021

    • Entire Show (video)

    • The Lola x Kenneth Collaboration

    • Senior Set - by Sean Palaad

      • Set Description: 

        While brainstorming this set, I first wondered why I was so compelled to do it in the first place. I thought it was the “cultural” part of Asian Cultural Night that kept drawing me back every year, but I look back and feel something different. I feel the nostalgia of long nights of planning, soundchecking, and choreographing. The joy (and relief) of pulling off a successful ACN. The laughter, music, photos, hugs and smiles. All shared with my best friends. Don’t get me wrong, the culture is necessary, but the people are irreplaceable. What’s a culture without its people?

        In the spirit of this year’s theme, “Reconnecting, Finding Our Way,” I want to give a nod to the graduating seniors, who have spent countless hours over their college careers dedicated to the maintenance and progression of SMC’s API community. I’m sure they’ve all felt the loneliness and isolation of this pandemic. Although miles apart, I hope to reconnect these individuals with this year’s “Senior Set” through laughter, tears, reflection, community, shared experiences…. all of the above. Special thanks to Kayla Tumakay for her invaluable contributions. I hope everyone enjoys this set just as much as I enjoyed creating it.  - Sean Palaad ‘21 

        “A nation’s culture resides in the hearts and in the soul of its people.” - Mahatma Gandhi 

  • 6:00 pm - "Raya and the Last Dragon" (movie showing - SAS x APASA collaboration