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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.

In addition to celebrating API Heritage Month, several API/Health student groups have partnered up to launch a series of workshops in honor of API Health Awareness Month this May. These events aim to spread awareness on important, unspoken-of health issues and to create a space for students to participate in discussions on prevalent helath issues in the API community. 

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:

April 7 & 8 

11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m., Sandhill Fields

ASHA HOLI
Color festival fundraiser benefitting education of underprivileged children in India

Asha for Education

April 14
5:00 p.m - 7:30 p.m., White Plaza

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

Taiwanese Cultural Society

April 15
7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Subberly Auditorium

SVSA CULTURE NIGHT
Showcasing Vietnamese/Vietnamese American culture through traditional dance, musical performances, and story

STANFORD VIETNAMESE STUDENT ASSOCIATION (SVSA)

April 18

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., 380-380C

THROUGH THE GOLDEN GATE: CANTONESE-AMERICAN VOICES
Panel dedicated to the history and contemporary challenges of Cantonese-American communities

Hong Kong Student Association

April 21 & 22
2 p.m., Stanford University Campus

YOUTH ACADEMIC COLLEGE CONFERENCE
First-gen/Low-income High school outreach to expose college experience

SVSA

April 28

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

PILIPINX CULTURAL NIGHT
Pilipinx dance and vignette culture showcase

Kayumanggi

April 30

7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., A3C Couchroom 

BLACK APRIL REMEMBRANCE
Exploring our history and future as Vietnamese Americans. Food provided!

SVSA

May 1 & 2 *

10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m., White Plaza

AADP BONE MARROW DRIVE
Get your bone marrow typed and registered to help others find a match!

Lambda Phi Epsilon

May 1
6:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m., Roble Theater

FIRST THEY KILLED MY FATHER FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION W/ PROFESSOR YVONNE KWAN
FTKMF screening & Professor Kwan (SJSU) speaks on Cambodian trauma and memory

Stanford Khmer Association

May 3

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

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

Asian American Activities Center

May 5
2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m., White Plaza

GOLDEN WEEK FESTIVAL
A display of Japanese Culture with food, performances, and crafts

Japanese Student Union

May 5
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., Bing Concert Hall

SPRING CONCERT: WAVEBREAK
Stanford Taiko's annual concert, presenting new compositions and old favorites

Stanford Taiko

May 8
7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., CEMEX Auditorium

DISCUSSION WITH LOUNG UNG: RESILIENCE AND STORYTELLING FROM BOOK TO FILM
Author of First They Killed My Father, RSVP online

Stanford Khmer Association

May 8
8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Kairos

API SPOKEN WORD SHOWCASE + OPEN MIC
A night of poetry and music for the API community

Stanford Spoken Word Collective

May 9
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Clubhouse Ballroom

SCORCHED EARTH: THE ROHINGYA CRISIS EXPLAINED
Come join a discussion on the current situation of the Rohingya in Myanmar and aborad

The Markaz & Asian American Activities Center

May 9 
7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Geology Corner

ASIAN IMAGES
Join AASA, Franny Choi, Paul Tran in discussing API representation in the arts

AASA

May 10 *
6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m., Old Union 200

API MENTAL HEALTH PANEL
API student panelists share experiences and discuss API mental health

Asian Pacific American Medical Student Association (APAMSA)

May 10-12
8:00 p.m. - 9:30 p.m., Nitery Theater

CENTRIFUGE: STORIES OF REFUGEES & DISPLACEMENT

Play about refugees from Syria, Palestine, Central America, Mexico, and Vietnam.

JUST ART: Stanford Artist/Activist Collective

May 12

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., White Plaza

MELA

A celebration of Spring with South Asian performances

Stanford Sanskriti

May 13

8:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., A3C Couchroom

MASS INCARCERATION AND DEPORTATION IN THE API COMMUNITY: PART 1: DOCUMENTARY
Screening Life AFter Life, a documentary about incarceration and transformation

Stanford Asian American Activism Committee (SAAAC)

May 14

7:30 p.m., Law Lounge

KEYNOTE PRESENTATION AND DINNER FEATURING JUDGE ED CHEN
A keynote presentation and dinner feauting Judge Ed Chen, of the Northern District of California. Open to undergrads

Asian Pacific Islander Students Association at the Stanford Law School

May 15
6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., A3C Couchroom

MASS INCARCERATION AND DEPORTATION IN THE API COMMUNITY: PART 2: TEACH-IN AND COMMUNITY DINNER
Community dinner and teach-in about building resistance and transformative justice

SAAAC, APSC, United Playaz

May 16 *
7:00 p.m. - 8:30p.m., A3C Couchroom

API HEALTH TRIVIA NIGHT
API health trivia night with lots of food and prizes

APAMSA

May 17

6:00 p.m - 7:30p.m., A3C Couchroom

SOSAS: QUEER API MENTAL HEALTH
SOSAS panel on mental health in the queer API community

Queer & Asian (Q&A)

May 17

6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Roble Theater

WHO GETS THE INSANITY PLEA?: ANOTHER TRIAL ON RACE
Interactive workshop on how the judicial system has shaped Hmong activism

Hmong Student Union

May 17 *

8:00 p.m. - 10:30 p.m., Clubhouse Ballroom

AADP COMEDY NIGHT
Comedy show to support bone marrow donor program. Get typed!

Lambda Phi Epsilon

May 19 *

7:30 p.m., A3C Couchroom

B ABOUT IT: DOCUMENTARY SCREENING AND DISCUSSION

Documentary and panel discussion about life with chronic hepatitis B

Stanford Team HBV

May 20

Time 2 p.m., Okada Lounge

COMMUNITY ART REVEAL
Community event to reveal the new art pieces for the Okada space from Bayani Art and Nisha Sembi

Okada

May 21
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m., Tresidder Oak Lounge

API HERITAGE MONTH LUNCH
Professor Marci Kwon, Art & Art History

Asian Staff Forum

May 24-26

8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m., Pigott Hall Theater

THE WORLD OF EXTREME HAPPINESS
Theater production about urbanization in China

Asian American Theater Project (AATP) & Theater and Performance Studies Dept (TAPS)

May 26

3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., A3C Couchroom

YURI KOCHIYAMA: PASSION FOR JUSTICE (A SCREENING)

Screening of Yuri documentary and guided discussion on API solidarity

AASA

May 30

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., A3C Couchroom

API WELLNESS POETRY WORKSHOP AND OPEN MIC
Poetry workshop on API wellness and health and then sharing through open mic

Sigma Psi Zeta