Published March 31, 2021
Throughout April, the IDC will celebrate Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) Heritage Month to recognize the contributions and influence of AAPI Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
Asian-Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, normally held in May, will be celebrated at UB in April. May was specifically 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.
Ongoing: AAPI First Accomplishments
Stop by the IDC office in Student Union 240 to view a slideshow celebrating the accomplishments of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders who were the first in their respective fields. The individuals in the slideshow broke barriers for future Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders. Come celebrate AAPI Heritage Month by recognizing them! You can also view the slideshow by clicking the online location link.
April 9: Asian, American, and Male: Identity at the Intersection
3 – 4:30 p.m. Online (http://bit.ly/IDCProgram)
A presentation led by Dr. Kevin Ahuna about his research on Asian American college students and the intersectionality of their identities as men and experiences in relation to their families, schooling, and stereotypes of them as Asian Americans.
April 14: The History of Hawaii
4:30 – 6 p.m., Online (http://bit.ly/IDCProgram)
Join us as we go through the history of the Islands of Hawai'i and discover how the once sovereign nation came to be the 50th State of the United States.
April 16: A Place in the Middle
5 – 7:30 p.m., Online (http://bit.ly/IDCProgram)
A screening of the short documentary "A Place In The Middle" which explores gender diversity with an emphasis on cultural identity in Hawaiʻi followed by a discussion.
May 5: AAPI Student Mixer
4 – 5 p.m., Online (http://bit.ly/IDCProgram)
Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month by chatting with AAPI students and staff on campus! Learn about resources for AAPI students!
Tough Topics discussions take place every Tuesday, online (http://bit.ly/IDCProgram) and in 240 Student Union from 3-4 p.m.
April 6: Anti-Asian Scare Tactics in American Society
Come join us at the IDC & on Zoom for a discussion about strategies used to promote Asian hate and the motives behind Anti-Asian sentiments in America.
April 13: The Model Minority Myth
In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage month, join us in a discussion of the model minority myth. What is the model minority myth and how is it present in society? From where can we identify its roots?
April 20: LGBTQ+ Identities Within Society
This program will be a discussion surrounding the many identities that exist within the LBGTQIA2B+ community, and how those titles are perceived individually and within society.