Events Commemorating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

ASU observes Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM) during the month of April by celebrating the histories, cultures, and contributions of the Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. 

The observance, nationally recognized during the month of May, can be traced back to 1976 when Jeanie Jew, president of the Organization of Chinese American Women, contacted government officials in response to the lack of Asian Pacific representation in the U.S. bicentennial celebrations. The month of May was selected to honor two historical events: the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 (Golden Spike Day). 

ASU will feature programs and events to engage the ASU community in the cultures, traditions, music, crafts, and dance represented in our student experiences. Click here for a full list of university events. 

Folding Fridays
Fridays in April

Throughout the month of April, follow @asupolytech on Instagram for lessons on the ancient art form of Origami. Follow our step-by-step instructions and share yours by tagging us! Hosted by ASU Polytechnic.

Statewide Student Social: AAPIHM in Arizona
Friday, April 2, 2021 
4:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Come socialize and meet other Asian/Pacific Islander students from ASU, U of A and NAU to kick off Asian/ American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month! We'll be promoting the other cultural clubs at the other universities, playing online games and more!

Student Panel: Discussing the Recent Rise of Violence against Asian/Pacific Islanders in the U.S.
Friday, April 9, 2021
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Are you an Asian/Pacific Islander American student who is looking to talk with other AAPI students about the recent surge in anti-AAPI violence in the U.S.? Tune in on Zoom and feel free to participate as our student panelists discuss the unique experiences of being Asian/Pacific Islander-American young adults who are navigating through the current events of today. Our panelists will be students representing their own cultural clubs from ASU, U of A, and NAU.

Veteran Voices: The AAPI Experience in the Military and in Higher Education
Tuesday, April 13, 2021 
6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

To celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, ASU’s Pat Tillman Veterans Center will be hosting a panel of faculty, staff and students who will share their experience of serving in the military and continuing their service at ASU. Topics include personal stories, recent hate crimes against AAPI, systemic racism, awareness and a call for action.

Phoenix by Night: Blossoming in the Desert
Friday, April 16, 2021 
7:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Come join us at our annual gala to help raise funds for our Collective Philanthropy Project to increase educational resources for children in Vietnam. Come celebrate Vietnamese culture through activities, music, and more! Hosted by the Vietnamese Student Association.