AAPI Heritage Month @ WNS

May 2023

With the help of the AAPI Collective, and other incredible WNS Community members, we have put together a number of events throughout the month of May designed to inspire and to bring joy.

Every Tuesday & Thursday

AAPI snacks at Middle School Snack Cart

Middle School Student Council is selling AAPI snacks at the Middle School Snack Cart!  Visit them to purchase Pocky, Japanese rice crackers, Hello Panda, and seaweed throughout May!

Thursdays Throughout May

AAPI Celebration at ECC Morning Sing

Join us in the ECC amphitheater for a special Morning Sing to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month. 

Throughout May

Family Shares in Kindergarten and First Grade

WNS families coming to campus to present to Kindergarten and First Grade classes about their heritage.

Wednesday, May 3

Korean Fan Dance at Community Gathering

Join us at Community Gathering for a special performance from the Korean Classical Music and Dance Company. 

Wednesday, May 17

Vietnamese Summer Rolls Zoom cooking demo with Chef Elaine Phuong from Nong Lá Cafe

Join us for a special cooking demonstration courtesy of sibling chefs, Elaine and Victor Phuong. More details in Event Spotlight below.

Food Kit information:
Veggie/Tofu OR shrimp
$13 per kit, recommend 1 kit per person.

Zoom info:
Wednesday May 17 at 6:30pm:


Meeting ID: 742 673 9455

Passcode: wnsjets

Wednesday, May 17

Thai Royal Dance Troupe

Students in grades 2-5 will enjoy a special presentation from the Thai Royal Dance Troupe. This will occur during the school day, and is intended for students only. 

Tuesday, May 23

AAPI Snacks for Faculty & Staff

Spearheaded by our WNS families, we thank our faculty and staff for their support of AAPI Heritage Month! Faculty and staff can enjoy snacks and treats from the faculty lounge (timings to follow).

Wednesday, May 24

Tabla Presentation by Neel Agrawal at Community Gathering

Join us at Community Gathering for a special performance by Neel Agrawal, a talented percussionist, composer, educator, and social justice advocate. 

Events and times may be subject to change. Please keep an eye on this page for the latest information. Where necessary, information regarding accessing events – both online or on-campus – will also be communicated via email. 

Event Spotlights

Korean Fan Dance

Date: May 3
Time: 8:15am

Korean Classical Music and Dance Company

An intricate, stylized fan dance in the finest tradition of the Korean court. Under the artistic direction of Don Kim, Korean Classical Music & Dance Company performs the ceremonial and social dances that are an integral part of Korean culture. This splendidly costumed ensemble boasts a rich and varied repertoire of exciting dances that are presented with the grace and elegance characteristic of this ancient traditional dance form. The performance also includes traditional music played on authentic Far Eastern instruments.

Food kit information: Veggie/Tofu OR shrimp. $13 per kit, recommend 1 kit per person

Vietnamese Summer Rolls Cooking Demo

Date: May 17
Time: 6:30pm (virtual)

Nong Lá Cafe

Siblings Elaine and Victor Phuong have always wanted to open a restaurant to honor their mother’s cooking. After experimenting with old family recipes and a lot of research, the Phuongs went all in, along other family members, to open Nong Lá, a restaurant that celebrates the food they grew up eating. They now have two locations; the original is found on Sawtelle Blvd. with their second shop located on La Brea Ave.

Tabla Presentation

Date: May 24
Time: 8:15am

Neel Agrawal

Neel Agrawal is a multi-percussionist incorporating various musical styles into his own unique sound. He performs with leading musicians in a wide range of contexts, including jazz, world fusion, Indian and Western classical, rock, jazz, electronic, hip hop, and film.

Current Year Highlights

Check out some of the exciting events from this year so far! We can’t wait to continue celebrating and building community with you all this May. 

Resource Corner

2023 AAPI Resources Guide

Anti-Racist and Anti-Bias Education is a Journey, not a destination. Here are some resources we have gathered so far to help you in your travels.  This is a living document that will be updated. 

Please click below for a list of charities focused on combatting the rise in anti-Asian racism, hate attacks, and discrimination.