Asian-American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month

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Published April 13, 2024

Throughout April and May, the IDC is celebrating 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 Islanders Heritage Month

Asian-Americans and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, normally held in May, will be celebrated at UB in April and early May.  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.

April/May Tough Topics

Tough Topics discussions take place every Tuesday, online ( and in 240 Student Union from 2-3 p.m.

April 23: Tough Topics: The Model Minority Myth 

3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Student Union 240

The ‘model minority’ myth enforces harmful stereotypes and expectations of Asian American individuals. Join us as we work to dismantle this concept and discuss other struggles of the Asian community that are seldom talked about.

April 30: Tough Topics: Diversity in the Asian Diaspora  

3:30 – 4:30 p.m., Student Union 240 & ZOOM

Join us in the IDC as we define and deconstruct the various Asian identities and cultures and how they are viewed in American Society.

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