April 2021

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HSU's 8th annual ideaFest symposium was May 3-7, 2021, but you can still watch the presenters, listen to the performances, and peruse the posters by entering Platform Q.
Friday, April 30, 2021 to Friday, May 7, 2021

Humboldt Asian Histories & Futures Panel a reading, panel, & community conversation organized by HAPI May 14 5-6:30pm cosponsored by L4HSU, the Clarke Historical Museum, & the Eureka Chinatown Project
Humboldt Asian Histories & Futures: a reading, panel, and community conversation organized by HAPI
Join us on Friday, May 14 from 5-6:30pm. Zoom registration here.
In this program, community members, historians, and local artists come together to remember Humboldt’s Chinese expulsions and their reverberations today. The 90-minute event features a reading from Chinese American poet Daryl Ngee Chinn, a background of the anti-Chinese exclusions and expulsions in Northern California from historian Jean Pfaelzer, and a panel discussion about contemporary challenges the Asian community faces in Humboldt. We hope that the open discussion can spark conversations around what racial solidarity and support can look like today and into the future.
Organized by HAPI (Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity)
Co-sponsored by the HSU Library (L4HSU), the Eureka Chinatown Project, and the Clarke Historical Museum
Are you artistic? The Eureka Chinatown Project is looking for a muralist for the Eureka Chinatown: Lost & Found Mural. Read more about it here.
In addition, HAPI would like to learn about the northcoast community and invite you to fill out a short survey to help shape HAPI's priorities and focus. Thank you!

Participants' Bios
Ali Ong Lee, M.A., M.S., is a Chinese and Vietnamese writer and project manager for nonprofits. She relocated to Humboldt for both love and less expensive warehouse space, in 1998. One of her children is a fifth generation San Franciscan with roots in Toisan, while the other is a fifth generation Eurekan. Ali is currently working to preserve open space and agricultural land by serving on the Humboldt Local Agency Formation Commission as its Public Member. She collaborates with local grassroots activists reclaiming space at the Eureka Chinatown Project and with Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity.
Daryl Ngee Chinn is a poet, poet teacher, bookmaker, and editor. His book and book-related publications include Soft Parts of the Back (University of Central Florida, 1989); artist books; collaborative books; self-published chapbooks; and school and statewide poetry anthologies in Nevada and California. He published his first book of poems and color photographs in 1973 and has worked or volunteered for poetry teaching and related activities including fundraising, board membership, and mentoring. He was a founding member of the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild and served as Humboldt County Coordinator for California Poets in the Schools.
Jean Pfaelzer is a Professor of English, Asian Studies, and Women and Gender Studies at University of Delaware. She is author of Driven Out: The Forgotten War Against Chinese Americans, which made the New York Times 100 Best Books of the Year, consulted for "1882: The Chinese Exclusion Act" on PBS, and is currently working on The Stolen People: A History of Slavery in California and the American West (Yale University Press). She speaks on issues of immigration on NPR, Pacifica, CNN, CSPAN, and CTGN. Jean has taught at Humboldt State University and UC San Diego and was director of the National Labor Law Center.
Brieanne Mirjah is the organizer of the Eureka Chinatown Project, which started as a passion project to help raise AAPI awareness and culture in our community. She is of Chinese and West Indian descent and believes we can all do our part to make a difference. As she expects her first baby in June, it is important to her that she helps create a community where everyone feels welcomed, especially those that have historically not been welcomed here in Humboldt. In her day job, Brieanne works in non-profit fundraising and marketing for the Breast & GYN Health Project in Arcata.
Marylyn Paik-Nicely was the Director of the MultiCultural Center at Humboldt State University (HSU) for almost 20 years. She has always described her work at the MCC as a “job made in heaven just for me!” Social justice programs, community building, cultural celebrations, mentoring students, leadership development, exploration of identity and so much more shaped Marylyn’s life forever. She retired from HSU in 2015 and loves having time with her three grandchildren. Marylyn is a “Founding Mother” of Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity (HAPI), on the Board of Directors of Humboldt Area Foundation, and an active participant of the Eureka Chinatown Project. Marylyn is a third generation Okinawan/Korean born and raised in Hilo, Hawaii.
Chisato (Chisa) Hughes (organizer) is a half-Japanese filmmaker who grew up in Humboldt County and recently returned during Covid to work on a documentary here. The film asks questions about ghosts and placemaking today, looking at the history of the expulsions in the county and the Chinese people that continued to live here surreptitiously despite the threat of white violence. Chisa is an artist and organizer with HAPI (Humboldt Asians and Pacific Islanders in Solidarity), and hopes to be part of building racial solidarity here in Humboldt.
Monday, May 10, 2021 to Friday, May 14, 2021

flyer for Vol 4 release of Courageous Cuentos
The Celebration Event for Volume 4 of CouRaGeouS Cuentos is Monday, April 26th, 6-8pm.
Register through Zoom at and enjoy this community celebration with open mic, live music by DJ Sizzle Fantastic, and much more!
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 to Monday, April 26, 2021

photo of Leah Gazan
The Library Faculty Personnel Committee is seeking your input to assist in the periodic evaluation of temporary CPS Librarian, Leah Gazan.
If you have experience working with Leah, we welcome your feedback.
Your comments should be address to the Library Faculty Personnel Committee and sent via an HSU email to
The deadline is noon on Monday, April 26, 2021.
Thank you!
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 to Monday, April 26, 2021
graphic of bookplate for ODEI grant funded purchasesThanks to your feedback and requests, we've added even more titles to support diversity and inclusion.  The research guide Diverse Collections - Recent Acquisitions highlights these additions and is updated periodically as new titles become available.
We thank the Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for supporting library collection development in 2020-2021. Look for the ODEI bookplate in our catalog for items purchased with ODEI grant funds and please continue to make suggestions!
Friday, August 6, 2021 to Friday, October 29, 2021
flyer for Humboldt Rural Tourism Summit May 3, 2021 11-1:30pmSave the date and join us for the first Humboldt Rural Tourism Summit on Monday, May 3rd, 11-1:30pm.
The goal of this summit is to get Humboldt hospitality stakeholders excited about rural tourism, and learn what works and how to collaborate on promoting tourism in rural areas. This summit will also be an opportunity to foster connections between the local Humboldt community and outside tourism professionals. REGISTER NOW!
Featured speakers are:
*Tami Reist, President & CEO of the Alabama Mountain Lakes Tourist Association
*Niki Brown, Program Director for Siskiyou Economic Development
*Julie Benbow, Executive Director of Visit the Redwoods
Facilitated by Annika Slattery.
Learn more about this project at Discovering Humboldt!
Wednesday, April 7, 2021 to Monday, May 3, 2021

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Toyon Volume 67 De Dos Lados Virtual Release Party
Toyon Literary Magazine will be hosting a release party for its 67th volume on Zoom on Thursday, April 29th, from 3-5pm. The event will feature readings from volume 67, a recognition of 2021 award recipients, and a short Q&A. The event is free and open to the public.
Register for the event:
The special theme for this volume of Toyon is De Los Lados, which translates to “two-sided” or “from two sides.” Volume 67 recognizes and celebrates Latinx artists and their contributions to US culture and literature. As part of volume 67’s theme, multiple pieces have been translated into Spanish, Chinese, or both, by translators Kirk Lua and Yuan Changming. The release of this volume is supported by HSU’s Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion.
Make sure to sign up to our mailing list when you register for the event! Those on Toyon’s mailing list will receive a free physical copy of the new volume. Volume 67 will also be available digitally in both print and audiobook formats. A digital copy of the book will be made available on HSU Digital Commons, Amazon Kindle, and Amazon print-on-demand at the time of release. The volume 67 audiobook can be found on both YouTube and Soundcloud and can be accessed via the Toyon website. ​​
Toyon is Humboldt State University English department’s annual literary magazine. Run entirely by students since its first issue in 1954, Toyon showcases the work of established and emerging writers and artists from Humboldt County and all over the world.
Learn more at
Instagram and Twitter: @toyonhsu
Facebook: @toyonmagazine
Youtube and Soundcloud: Toyon Literary Magazine
Thursday, April 1, 2021 to Thursday, April 29, 2021

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