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Asian American Panel Discussion at the Holland Museum

Asian American Panel Discussion at the Holland Museum

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Program at the Holland Museum

May 9, 2022: May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the Holland Museum is hosting a panel discussion about Asian and Pacific Islanders in the West Michigan community. Hosted by Jennifer Pascua, the panel will explain how they proudly share their culture with others, and what is being done to elevate their presence. The discussion will be held on Thursday, May 19 from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m. at the Holland Museum.

“We are pleased to be able to provide a forum for this important conversation about Asian and Pacific Islanders,” says Executive Director, Ricki Levine. “As a cultural institution, the Holland Museum has a responsibility to offer opportunities to learn from one another, to celebrate our differences and to explore our collective humanity.”

Pascua will moderate the discussion with Bing Goei, Ace Marasigan, Stella Michael, and Pujita Sieplinga.

Jennifer Pascua (Moderator) is Lead Community Relations at Spectrum Health with a focus on relationship management in the Community Partnership team at Spectrum Health. She is also the Founder/Owner of Halo Halo Multimedia, LLC-a Fillipino-American family-run freelancing group offering a mix of micro media services serving and elevating BIPOC and women entrepreneurs and disability and non-profit organizations. Jennifer is also an Adjunct Professor at Hope College’s Communication Department.

Bing Goei was born in Jakarta, Indonesia and lived in the Netherlands until he immigrated and arrived in Grand Rapids in 1960. He is the CEO of Eastern Floral and the Goei Center and has served Chair of the Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce, the Chair of the Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce, and the Director of the Office for New American in Governor Snyder’s administration.

Ace Marasigan emigrated from Manila, Philippines, and has made Grand Rapids his home since 1993. Ace created the Grand Rapids Asian Festival in 2017, an annual event that brings together many West Michigan Asian-Pacific groups in a cultural celebration. Ace is proud to work with The Ace Team, powered by 616 REALTY offering his services as a real estate professional.

Stella Michael is an impact-driven and purpose-filled leader. She was born and raised in a small town in India. She currently serves as the Director of CRM Platforms and Applications at Spectrum Health. She is the co-founder of Asian American Community Engagement (AACE), the Asian Inclusion Resource Group at Spectrum Health. She is also the Chairman of the board

of West Michigan Asian American Association, a non-profit that supports the needs of the Asian communities.

Pujita Sieplinga has a passion for finding innovative solutions to move people forward, which she shares with a variety of volunteer organizations in the community. Pujita is currently an Assistant Vice President and Consultant for PNC Organizational Financial Wellness. She serves as Inaugural board Vice President for PNC’s Western Michigan Multicultural group.

“We value the diverse communities we serve and are pleased to be a part of the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Panel Discussion, which elevates the history, perspectives and experiences of our AAPI community members,” said Bill Hoefer, president, Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital. “We applaud the Holland Museum for centering on voices that, historically, have not been heard nearly enough. As a health care organization, we know that health is better when we feel a sense of belonging.”

Registration is required on Eventbrite via the Holland Museum’s website

We are grateful to Spectrum Health Zeeland Community Hospital and Warner Norcross + Judd for their support to make this event free and accessible.

Check out the Holland Museum’s website for more upcoming programming.

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