Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated each May to pay tribute to the achievements and contributions generations of Asian, Desi and Pacific Island Americans have made in the United States.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month was first designated as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week by Representatives Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California. It was celebrated the first ten days of May. In 1978, a bill was passed and signed by President Jimmy Carter to designate the annual celebration. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed a bill to extend the week-long celebration into the full month of May.
May was chosen to commemorate the date, May 7, 1843, which marked the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States. The month also marks the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, May 10,1869, in which the majority of the workers were Chinese immigrants.
The University of Oregon celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month each year with a wide variety of events that celebrate, honor and highlight the work and culture of Asian, Desi, & Pacific Islander communities.
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Awards Night 2017 “The Faces of Activism” Monday, May 22, 2017, 5:30 - 8 p.m., EMU Ballroom
Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month Awards Night first began in 2015. Former CMAE Academic Advisor and Asian and Pacific Islander Student Retention Specialist, David To, started development of the Awards Night when he first got to campus the summer of 2014. David felt that while student groups had previously done events for Asian and Pacific Heritage Month there was a lack of a specific signature event hosted by the university. David felt it was important to have the UO host an event that not only celebrated the achievements of the Asian and Pacific American community but also brought in unique perspectives on the Asian and Pacific American experience through education and social justice.
While spearheading the initial work David admits how vital it was for him to form partnerships with departments and individuals across the campus. This necessity for interdepartmental work also helped initiate the development of the Asian Desi Pacific American Strategic Initiatives Group which is currently overseeing the 2017 APAHM Awards Night.
With the partnerships developed – David successfully led the hosting of the first Awards Night, “One Community, 18 Million Voices.”. \Following the success of the first Awards Night – the 2016 APAHM Awards Night, “(Re)Defining Resistance” soon followed.
“It was really beautiful that people all over campus came together to do this…different levels of people came together – students, administration, staff, community members came together to make this event.” – David To
Serving as Asian Pacific and American Heritage Month’s signature event – Awards Night seeks to not only celebrate the efforts of those in our respective community but also educate and allow those who do not identify as Asian, Desi, Pacific Islander to learn about our communities. This year the theme, “The Faces of Activism” seeks to emphasize the immense diversity of the ADPI community and exhibit the numerous ways we incorporate activism in our work. We will be hosting performers, lecturers, and artists to discuss how they incorporate activism throughout their work. Furthermore, the ceremony will be highlighting and honoring the work done by ADPI leaders throughout the University of Oregon. Dinner will be hosted during the event.
- Srushti Kamat
- Coua Xiong
- Elirissa Hui
- Alex Tang
- Jasmine Alik
- Diana Nguyen
- Alexandra Lau
- Keisha Janney
- James Chang
- Krista Chronister
- Gordon Hall
Story Teller Award
- Kylie Juggert
- Melissa ‘Mimi’ Nolledo - Photographer/Documentarian, Immigrant Stories of America
- Ardyn Wolfe & David Tam (shared) - Co-Chairs, Asian Celebration
- April 29, 2017, 5:30 - 9PM, GSH Great room
Students of the Indian Subcontinent cordially invite you to UTSAV 2017. UTSAV means "celebration" and we will be showcasing the culture, music, dance, and food of India and the subcontinent.
- may 2, 2017, 5 - 8 pm, emu ballroom
Diversity Career Night brings together underrepresented students and alums (including persons of color, those who identify as LGBTQ, persons with disabilities and veterans) with employers for an evening of education and engagementis an example of a white timeline card.
- May 6, 2017, 12 - 3pm, gsh great room
APASU is proud to host Cassey Ho - an award-winning fitness instructor, entrepreneur, personality, and creator of Blogilates, the #1 female fitness channel on YouTube with over 300 million views and 3 million subscribers.
- may 12 - 13, 2017, 7pm - 11pm, 12pm - 11pm, emu lawn, macarthur court arena
Hosted annually by the Native American Student Union will hold the 49th Annual Mother's Day Powwow on the EMU Front Lawn (Mac Court if weather is bad). Raffles, vendors, dance competitions, performers, and more!
- may 14, 2017, 6 - 8 pm, emu ballroom
Hosted by the Vietnamese Student Association. The annual culture night: Tấm Cám, the Vietnamese Cinderella will contain cultural performances, raffles, and an authentic dinner.
- May 17, 2017, 7 - 8:30 pm, rec center, mat room 47
UO Wushu is hosting a free open workshop for the lovers of Chinese martial arts. Come to learn the essentials of contemporary Chinese Longfist style such as stances, punches, kicks, and jumps!
- May 18, 2017, 6:30 - 8pm, LLC south
Come listen to spoken poetry by actor, poet, writer, and producer Dante Basco.
- May 21, 2017, 5:30 - 8pm, emu ballroom
This year's theme is Nā Kumumea 'Ehā, meaning "The Four Elements." You wonʻt want to miss a night full of Hawaiian food, music, dance and much more!.
- may 22, 2017, 5:30 - 8pm, emu ballroom
ADPI SIG will be hosting performers, lecturers, and artists to discuss how they incorporate activism throughout their work. Furthermore, the ceremony will be highlighting and honoring the work done by ADPI leaders throughout the University of Oregon. Dinner will be hosted during the event. Free.
- June 1 - october 30. June 7, 7:30 - 9:30 pm, reception, Global scholars Hall
Muslims in the United States Photo Exhibit.
The purpose of the exhibit is to visually capture and illustrate the diversity of Muslims in the U.S. It was created in the spring 2017 from students from the Department of Anthropology and the Clark Honors College with portraits or images and interview excerpts.