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Come to the APISA Lunar New Year Potluck on Feb. 8

Year of MonkeyCelebrate the 2016 Lunar New Year at the Asian Pacific Islander Staff Association’s (APISA) annual potluck. We will welcome the Year of the Monkey with plenty of good food, good cheer and good luck shared with festive abundance!

Lunar New Year is an event that is celebrated by Asians around the world. The Vietnamese call it Tet and the Chinese call it the spring festival. There are many traditions and rituals associated with this event, such as wearing new clothing or the color red to symbolize the beginning of a new year and attract good luck.

The potluck will be held on the Lunar New Year itself, Monday, Feb. 8 from 12 to 1 p.m., in Franklin conference room 11326. Please bring a dish to share (enough for 6-8 people).

In addition to lunch, APISA will host a guest speaker: Mike Tran, program coordinator at The Spot, a multiservice youth organization in Oakland’s Chinatown. He’ll thank APISA for its fundraising help and talk about volunteering with the nonprofit. The Spot is a collaborative youth center in Oakland Chinatown that supports comprehensive positive youth development to prevent violence and foster healthy transitions into adulthood. It offers programs and activities that build young people’s competence and help to develop their confidence, connection to people and institutions, character and compassion.

APISA also wants to hear your stories, suggestions and ideas for events this coming year.

To RSVP, email Angela Hom ( or Benjamin Tsai (

APISA-OP promotes and enhances the well-being of Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander staff at UCOP.

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