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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 Strength in Solidarity: The Power of Many.  In January, our annual Asian American Issues Conference, Listen to the Silence, explored the diversity of ways that members of our community can engage in activism, advocacy, and social change - in a united effort to advance a vision of justice that emphasized our intricate ties to each other and to other communities of color.

In the past year, the API community has been at the center of many critical issues: mass deportations of Southeast Asians, Asian American media representation, affirmative action, environmental justice, calls for sovereignty in Pacific Island nations, and workers’ rights, to name a few. In the face of these challenges, it is critical that we unite together in solidarity as a community. The API community encompasses a large and diverse group of ethnicities, backgrounds, experiences, and people. To build solidarity within the API community and with other communities, we acknowledge the importance of addressing issues like anti-Blackness, the need to be more inclusive of Pacific Islander and South Asian voices, classism, ableism, and the model minority myth. However, we challenge the idea that our diversity prevents us from uniting. In honor of API Heritage Month, we stand together in solidarity to achieve justice.

Life is not what you alone make it ... We are all part of one another.”  -Yuri Kochiyama


April 6

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium

SVSA CULTURE NIGHT 2019
SVSA's Annual Culture Night exhibition

Stanford Vietnamese Student Association (SVSA)

April 13
11:00 a.m - 2:00 p.m., White Plaza

POLYNESIAN CULTURAL FEST
Celebrating Polynesian cultures through food, dance, and education.

Hawai'i Club

April 13
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., Asian American Activities Center

TIBETAN SCHOLARS 
A high school outreach program that provides information and knowledge on the college process.

Tibetan Student Union

April 19-20

All day, Asian American Activities Center

STANFORD HMONG OUTREACH PROGRAM PROMOTING EDUCATION
A program that provides high school students the opportunity to experience and preview college life.

Hmong Student Union

April 19-20
All day, Okada House

CAMBODIANS RISING EDUCATION WEEKEND
A higher education outreach program created to empower Khmer high school students to seek college and university level educations.

Stanford Khmer Association

April 20

5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., White Plaza

NIGHT MARKET
A celebration of food and culture from around the world.

Taiwanese Cultural Society

April 20

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium

PILIPINX CULTURE NIGHT 
Pilipinx dance and vignette culture showcase

Kayumanggi

April 26-27

Overnight Trip, Manzanar National Historic Site

50th ANNUAL MANZANAR PILGRIMAGE 
Remember our history and stand in solidarity with those who are oppressed and discriminated against. #NeverAgainIsNow

Japanese Student Union & Okada

April 29
7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., A3C Couchroom

BLACK APRIL REMEMBRANCE
Remembering our history and exploring our future as Vietnamese-Americans.

Stanford Vietnamese Student Association

April 30

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Okada Teahouse

BEYOND THE STANFORD BUBBLE(S)
Enjoy tea with SAPAAC and chat with alumni about life after graduation.

Stanford Asian Pacific American Alumni Club (SAPAAC)

May 1
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., Levinthal Hall, Stanford Humanities Center

DIASPORIC LITERATURE: CHANG-RAE LEE AND EAVAN BOLAND IN CONVERSATION 
Conversation with Angel Island Immigration Station and Stanford English professors about diasporic literature.

AASA, TCS, Stanford Creative Writing, Angel Island Immigration Station Foundation

May 3-5
All Day, Branner Hall

BAY AREA SPRING YOUTH CONFERENCE
An annual college-prep conference for local high schoolers, with a focus on the low-income/first-generation student population.

Stanford Vietnamese Student Association

May 7-8
11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m., Outside Stern Dining

AADP BONE MARROW DRIVE 
Come sign up for the bone marrow registry!

Stanford Lambda Phi Epsilon

May 8
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m., Okada Lounge

DECOLONIZING THE HISTORY OF SIKH ACTIVISIM 
Presentation by SSA on the diverse histories of Sikh activism.

Sikh Students Association at Stanford

May 8
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., Cemex Auditorium

14th ANNUAL ANNE AND LOREN KIEVE DISTINGUISHED LECTURE - AI-JEN POON
Technology and Organizing for Racial Justice with the Executive Director of the
National Domestic Workers Alliance (NDWA) and the Co-Director of Caring Across Generations

Center for Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity

May 9
4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Asian American Activities Center

FACIAL MASK EVENT/ MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS
Learn about mental health awareness and recieve facial masks.

Stanford Asian Pacific American Medical Student Associations (APAMSA)

May 9
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Paul Brest Hall at Munger

20TH ANNIVERSARY - STANFORD ASIAN AMERICAN AWARDS
Community celebration to recognize the contributions of students, faculty, alumni, and staff.

Asian American Activities Center

May 9-11

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Nitery Theater

GUARDS AT THE TAJ
AATP's production of Guards at the Taj, by Rajiv Joseph

Asian American Theater Project

May 11

6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Avanti Dining Society

API HEALTH MONTH CHARITY BANQUET

Celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Health Awareness Month by enjoying an authentic 8-course Chinese banquet cooked by student Jiang Peicun! 
Reach out to Daniel Classon for info about tickets!

Lambda Phi Epsilon

May 11

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., White Plaza

GOLDEN WEEK FESTIVAL
Celebrate the Japanese holiday with food, performances, and fun activities!

Japanese Student Union

May 12

12:00 p.m. - 2:00 pm., White Plaza

MELA
A festival celebrating spring and South Asia!

Sanskriti

May 14
12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., Tresidder Oak Lounge

API HERITAGE MONTH LUNCH 
Celebrate API Heritage Month with the Asian Staff Forum.

Asian Staff Forum

May 14
5:30 p.m. - 6:30p.m., A3C Couchroom

HEPATITIS B: CLINICAL PERSPECTIVES AND MANAGEMENT 
Learn from physicians about Hepatitis B clinical management

Team HBV

May 17
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m., Ng Lounge

ESCAPE OVER THE HIMALAYAS
A short film screening and workshop on how tibetan migration stories reflect the concept of home and education in young tibetan refugees.

The Tibetan Student Union

May 19
6:00 p.m - 8:00p.m., Pigott Theater

NOOPUR SPRING SHOW 
Annual Indian Classical Dance Show

Stanford Noopur

May 22
6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., CEMEX Auditorium

"MAYOR ED LEE" DOCUMENTARY, FILMMAKERS RECEPTION, & Q/A 
Featuring the late Ed Lee, the first Asian American mayor of a major US city. Paid Tickets required.

Asian Alumni Chapter, Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB)

May 23
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., Old Union 215

A NIGHT WITH CHANGEMAKERS IN THE BEAUTY INDUSTRY
A moderated panel featuring the founder of Memebox, Hyungseok Dino Ha, and the founder of lilah b., Cheryl Yannotti Foland on their unique perspectives on the future of the beauty industry as well as their personal journeys navigating the cosmetics space. Food and refreshments served! RSVP required. 

Stanford ASES

May 24
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m., A3C Ballroom

ROOTS
O-Tone's Annual Spring A cappella Show

O-Tone East Asian A Cappella

May 25
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., A3C Ballroom

ASIAN IMAGES
API Arts Festival

Asian American Students Association (AASA)

May 25
7:00 p.m. - 9 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium

NORTH AMERICAN TAIKO ARTISTS' SHOWCASE
A concert featuring leading taiko artists around North America.

Stanford Taiko

May 26
4:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., Dinkelspiel Auditorium

COLLEGIATE TAIKO SHOWCASE
A concert featuring West Coast collegiate taiko groups, including Stanford Taiko.

Stanford Taiko

May 29
4:00 p.m., Room 280B

"PRESUMED COMPETENT: ASIAN AMERICANS AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION" PRESENTATION
A lecture by Professor Jennifer Lee from the Columbia University Sociology Department about alleged bias against Asian Americans, 
and Asian Americans' attitudes toward affirmative action in higher education and the workplace. 
FREE refreshments provided. 

Stanford Law School

May 30

1:00 p.m., Room 280A

DISCUSSION LUNCH FOR "PRESUMED COMPETENT: ASIAN AMERICANS AND AFFIRMATIVE ACTION" PRESENTATION
Optional lunch discussion for the final lecture in the law school's Social Science of Identity and Prejudice course series: 
"Presumed Competent: Asian Americans and Affirmative Action". 
FREE lunch provided. 

Stanford Law School

May 29-30
Doors open 7:30 p.m., Show starts at 8:00 p.m., Pigott Theater

LIGHTEN UP! COMEDY ON COLORISM
Enjoy a night of Stanford students performing stand-up comedy on colorism topics.

Stanford Theater & Performance Studies (TAPS)

May 31
6:00 p.m., A3C Couchroom

API HEALTH GAME NIGHT
A fun game night with questions about API Health facts around topics such as hepatitis B, bone marrow, and gastric cancer with food prizes!

Stanford Pre-Med APAMSA

June 1
7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., A3C Couchroom

HEPATITIS B COOKIE DECORATING WORKSHOP
Learn cookie decorating tips from the creator of Kawaii Sweet World

Team HBV

TBA

Contact Terence Zhao (zhaoy@stanford.edu) for infomration regarding time and place of event.

MENTAL HEALTH IN ASIAN AMERICAN YOUTH
Come listen to Dr. Rona Hu speak about Project CHIPAO.

SAAAC