AAA, diversity services form campus connection


Suffolk’s Asian American Association (AAA), along with the Office of Diversity Services, is celebrating throughout April for Asian American heritage month.


“A lot of these events fold into the Stand for Japan campaign,” said Craig Cullinane, associate director of Diversity Services. “They are all opportunities to give [to Japan] and celebrate Asian culture.”


The month’s opening ceremony also served as the Stand for Japan kickoff. Hisashi Nakatomi, deputy consul general at Japan at Boston, spoke alongside a student panel concerning the tragedy in Japan.


The second event, an Asian dessert reception, was held yesterday. Cantonese, Japanese and Taiwanese-inspired desserts were catered from Chinatown’s Bao Bao Bakery (owned by a Suffolk alumnus), including red bean mochi, almond cookies, taro paste puffs, green tea paste puffs, and egg tarts. Black and mango teas with boba (small tapioca balls) were the popular accompanying beverages.


“[Diversity Services], along with AAA, makes a connection throughout the community on this coordinate,” said Jacinda Felix Haro, director of Diversity Services.


Today’s Zen Friends discussion will regard the literary friendships between late imperial Chinese women poets and Buddhist nuns. Next week will bring an Asian American karaoke night and a Buddhism in Asia lecture.


“[AAA] offers events for the Asian community while intersecting with others doing their programming,” said Cullinane.