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Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

API Heritage Month is celebrated in May to commemorate the achievements and contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. In 1978, Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution to celebrate Asian American Heritage Week during the first 10 days of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries fall during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in the United States on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad by many Chinese laborers on May 10, 1869.

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush and Congress voted to expand the celebration, and since 1992, May has been designated as API Heritage Month.

Each year, API Heritage Month is celebrated with community festivals, government sponsored activities, and educational activities for students. Come celebrate our 2018 API Heritage Month and API Health Awareness Month events:

This year’s theme is United We Are: Combatting Hate & Fear through Collective Care. 

Due to the continuing COVID-19 crisis, all events will be held virtually.  Please see event information below on how to engage in each event online.


Monday, May 4
6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

"ASIAN AMERICAN," A DOCUMENTARY PREVIEW
Preview of “Asian American,” a documentary by PBS followed by Q & A session with Professors Gordan Chang and Will Gow. Register Here.

Tuesday, May 5
5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

GRADLIFE - ASIAN/ASIAN AMERICAN WOMEN IN GRADUATE SCHOOL
Come meet other Asian/Asian American women in grad school who are seeking community and would like to share resources they’ve gathered through their experience. Send registration to: kgc113@stanford.edu.

Thursday, May 7
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

SPEAKER SERIES: SCHOOL AFTER STANFORD: NAVIGATING GRADUATE AND PROFESSIONAL SCHOOLS
Come hear about the resources and opportunities available for education after Stanford to better prepare yourself and understand the route that best fits your academic and career pursuits. Send registration to: britneyk@stanford.edu.

Saturday, May 9
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

THE PILIPINX RADICAL IMAGINATION READER
An online gathering of writers and visual artists talking on: identity, sexuality, anti-blackness, whiteness, mixed heritage, diaspora, the hood, cooking, and foodways. We imagine our futures together and your voice is part of all of it. RSVP at https://bit.ly/2VCVYld

Tuesday, May 12
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

RACISM & RESISTANCE: A ROUNDTABLE ON ASIAN AMERICAN EXPERIENCES IN THE PANDEMIC WITH JUDY WU, RUSSELL JEUNG, AND LINDA LEE
Join Asian American Activities Center, Asian American Students Association, Asian American Studies, Okada, and Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club in a roundtable discussion where our panelists will share with us the much-longer history of discrimination against Asians in the United States; the current challenge during the pandemic; and what we can do about it today. 

Register here.

Thursday, May 14
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

SPEAKER SERIES: CHAPPELL-LOUGEE FELLOWSHIP
Come hear from students who have gone through the Chapell-Lougee Fellowship process and find out what they did with their fellowship. Get started early to be successful! Send registration to: britneyk@stanford.edu.

Thursday, May 14
3:00 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

COVID-19 - THE PRE-EXISTING DIVIDE PANEL DISCUSSION
Join us for this important virtual event exploring why and how the coronavirus disproportionately impacts communities of color and other marginalized people with community leaders Cynthia Choi; Yvonne Maldonado, MD; Blair Matheson, MD; Sanjay Mitchell.

RSVP here.

Monday, May 18
5:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.

ARTS ALUMNI: LIVE FROM THEIR LIVING ROOM: "HALF OF IT' Q&A WITH ALICE WU WITH STANFORD ARTS
Watch Alice Wu's (BS ‘90 MS ‘92) new film The Half of It, an “adorable queer Cyrano riff,” which premiered on Netflix May 1, and then join us for a Q&A with the acclaimed filmmaker. [Film will not be screened during event].

RSVP here for Zoom link

Thursday, May 21
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

SPEAKER SERIES: ROAD TO INTERNATIONAL FELLOWSHIPS
How you can become a competitive applicant for opportunities like the Rhodes, Marshall, Fulbright fellowships to pursue graduate studies abroad. Send registration to: britneyk@stanford.edu.

Thursday, May 21
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

21st ANNUAL STANFORD ASIAN AMERICAN AWARDS - PREMIER
Community celebration to recognize the contributions of students, faculty, alumni, and staff. Send registration to: saaa.a3c@gmail.com.

Wednesday, May 27
3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Twinjaz Q&A Session + Dance Workshop
Join the Stanford Hmong Student Union (HSU) in a Q&A session with the two Hmong breakdancing brothers from the dance groups Kinjaz and Underground Flow:
Longkue Steven Lor (“VillN”) and Longka Michael Lor (“M-PACT”)! This event is sponsored by Stanford HSU, the Asian American Activities Center, and the Office of the Vice President for the Arts. This event is free for the Stanford community and Stanford affiliates!

Please RSVP for the event here in order to receive the Zoom link for the event!

Friday, May 29
12:00 p.m. -  1:00 p.m.

ANNUAL API HERITAGE MONTH LUNCH CELEBRATION WITH WILLIAM GOW

Please save the date for annual API Heritage Month Lunch Celebration – via zoom! “Bring” your lunch and join us!
Guest speaker: William Gow, Lecturer, American Studies
RSVP not required for this event. We look forward to connecting with you!

Zoom link here!
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