Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month (APIDA)


Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians, Southeast Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) 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.











Get connected with Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Organizationson the Tampa campus:

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


Greek Organizations:
alpha Kappa Delta Phi
Kappa Phi Lambda
Delta Phi Omega
Pi Delta Psi
Sigma Beta Rho

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.