Since 1996, our Fashion Talent Show (FTS) has been a showcase of Asian American and Pacific Islander contributions to our society’s diversity. By enhancing cultural awareness and by generating positive attention to the SDSU campus, the event has transformed and is now known for its huge success by entertaining the student population. By including a wide-range of talents—from dancers, to musicians, to fashion designers—in our show, APSA features some of the most popular up-and-coming icons in the nation. Some of our biggest performers that have hit our FTS stage have included Far East Movement, Us the Duo, and Dumbfoundead. Each year, the show grows in popularity and increases in size. In the new Montezuma Hall on the SDSU campus, FTS last year had its highest record in attendance of 1000+ people. We try to reach out to more than just SDSU students. We maintain our goal of improving the greater San Diego community’s understanding and awareness of API issues and lack of representation, while also developing and celebrating our own individuality.
More than ever, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) are making their imprint into today’s mainstream pop culture, and are continuing to pave pathways for many to follow. By digging deep into finding what drives them in becoming who they are, Asian American and Pacific Islanders are breaking through the norms and are creating their own destiny. By showing others how it is okay to be your own person, these individuals are encouraging others to express their identity. We hope to inspire the community as a whole as well as empower the individuals in it to continue to rise above their challenges, despite any obstacles that stand in their path.
This year’s theme, “Never Walk Alone" aims to illustrate the passion, strength, and unity of the AAPI community in the face of adversity. As we all face our own individual struggles, we feel a sense of hope and empowerment when we are supported and encouraged by those who face the same struggles as we do--highlighting the importance of standing together which is the essence of a cohesive community. In standing together, the AAPI identities and aspirations of our generation cannot be contained underneath the oppression of labels and stereotypes. So it is with high hopes that our theme will remind those that no matter how far the destination may seem, it is never too far so long as you never walk alone.