Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian/Pacific Islander encompasses people from all of the Asian continent, India, and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.
Ways to Get Involved:
Asian Students in America (ASiA) Student Organization will be showcasing student spotlights and organizations where you can learn more about the culture of those that identify as Asian and/or Pacific Islander. Check it out!
Get connected with Asian/Pacific Islander Organizations:
• Vietnamese Student Association
• Thai Student Association
• Students of India
• Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers
• Chinese Students and Scholars Association
• The Association of Filipino Students
• Asian Students in America
• Chinese Culture Club
• Japanese Club
• Project Pengyou
• Korean American Student Association
• Korean Language Club
View Sparks Magazine at USF, a nonprofit organization that supports a student-run publication and provides a mixed-media platform for the Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) community. The magazine highlights stories and narratives about Asian and Asian-American experiences. They want to bring a voice to an otherwise unheard demographic, and expand the conversation from within the Asian/Pacific Islander community, to outside of traditional spaces.
Visit the East Coast Asian American Student Union and learn how you can get connected to students with this identity, network, develop professionally.
Visit the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center that brings Asian Pacific American history, art and culture to you through innovative museum experiences online and throughout the United States.
Interested in getting involved or becoming a sponsor for Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2019? Please contact Nyasha Bailey for more information.