Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

2019 Award Winners and Events 

Award Winners

Faculty/Staff – Joann Zhang 
Students – Frankie Cao; Madeline Do; Madilyne Nguyen-Acosta; Savannah Kan
Community – Ken and Irene Nagao

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Awards Banquet 2019

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Awards Banquet Event Collage of photos


Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Awards Banquet Event Collage of photos  with award winners

APAHM 2019

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. According to a Pew Research Center study, between 2000 and 2015, "The U.S. Asian popupulation had the fastest growth rate of any major racial or ethnic group." 

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.

Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month Awards Night first began at the UO 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.

“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.

2018 Asian Pacific Island Heritage Month Events and Activities

Asian Pacific Heritage Month Banquet and Awards 2018 photo collage

2018 Award Winners and Events 

Award Winners

Faculty/Staff – Kris Galago 
Students – Kezia Setyawan; Yasi Milani-Baladi; Kristy Lu; Polani Mo’okini; 
Community – Jason Mak


  • DISORIENT Film Festival
  • Hong Kong Night
  • Korea Night
  • Japan Night
  • International Week
  • Long Nineteenth Century Japanese Woodblock Prints
  • Reverence and Pleasure: Highlights of the Shōbundo Nōsatsu Collection
  • 2018 APAHM Awards Banquet “Representation & Resistance”
  • Lecture: "The Art of Directing" with Chloé Zhao
  • Film: Songs My Brothers Taught Me Q&A with Dir. Chloé Zhao
  • North Korea Behind the Headlines: Politics, Society, and Culture workshop 
  • Anna Akana
  • BE Change with Scot Nakagawa Lecture
  • Deepak Chopra
  • Film: The Rider Q&A with Dir. Chloé Zhao
  • Filipino Cultural Night
  • SUSAN CHOI: Asian American novelist
  • ADPI Night Market
  • Hui 'O Hawai'i 43rd Annual Lū'au
  • Racist Sandwich Podcast
  • ADPI Ice Cream Social
  • Holi 2018
  • ANN CURRY: television personality, journalist


2017 Award Winners and Events

Award Winners

Faculty/Staff – James Chang, Krista Chronister, Gordon Hall 

 Students – Undergraduates: Srushti Kamat, Coua Xiong, Elirissa Hui, Alex Tang, Jasmine Alik, Diana Nguyen
Graduates: Alexandra Lau, Keisha Janney

Community – Melissa ‘Mimi’ Nolledo - Photographer/Documentarian, Immigrant Stories of America, Ardyn Wolfe & David Tam (shared) - Co-Chairs, Asian Celebration

Story Teller Award – Kylie Juggert