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APIDA Heritage Month Celebration

URBANA, IL –Cultural festivities in observance of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the University of Illinois both amuse and educate with travel, workshops and art exhibits.

For nearly four decades today, May has commemorated APIDA Heritage Month nationwide, and the University of Illinois is not one to skimp on formal celebrations in the APIDA Champaign-Urbana community. 

If you're organization's events for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month would like to be included in our 2021 calendar, please fill out the form here:

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April 5- Social Media Explainer: Lucky Cats & Lucky Bamboo, follow us on IG: @aaccillinois

April 6- Social Media-Small Business Tuesday, follow on IG @aaccillinois

Food for Thought:  "Bridges- Strengthening Communities to Address Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence featuring Shirley Luo, Resource Center Coordinator for Asian Pacific Institue on Gender Based Violence, 12pm cst Register: 

April 7- Social Media Explainer: Larry Itilong & Philip Vera Cruz, follow on IG @aaccillinois

April 8- VSA: Discussion on Asian Hate Crimes, 7 pm cst

April 9- AACC Bystander Intervention Training 2pm-3pm cst (Registration closed)

Japan House Virtual Spring Open House Tea Ceremonies, 10am, 2pm, and Guest Artist, 1pm

April 10- IGSA: Virtual Discover India, 6pm cst

April 11- Japan House Shares Sakura, 4pm cst

April 12: Social Media Explainer- Asian American Celebrity Chefs, follow on IG @aaccillinois

Hindu Yuva: Hindu New Year Activity Kit Distribution:

April 13: Social Media-Small Business Tuesday, follow on IG @aaccillinois

April 14: Social Media Explainer-  Gujarati-owned motels; follow on IG @aaccillinois

April 15Social Media Explainer- LGBTQ Rights in Asia, follow on IG @aaccillinois

April 16: Social Media Explainer- Illinois APIDA Politicians, follow on IG @aaccillinois

AACC Bystander Intervention Training 2pm-3pm: Register here:

April 17:  KPL: Mr. Asian UIUC

April 19: Asian American Leadership Awards, 7pm cst

April 20Social Media-Small Business Tuesday, follow on IG @aaccillinois

FFT: Asian American Artist Discussion Panel, 12pm cst 
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April 21: CEAPS- : Chi Lung Kang Endowed Lecture Series "China and the Conditions of Spatial Revolution: The Birth of the Twentieth Century," 7:30 pm cst
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April 22:  Social Media- Artist Highlight Thursday, follow on IG @aaccillinois

April 23: PSA- Filipino Culture Night Showcase Live on Youtube, 6-9pm cst

April 24:  AAA: Fashion Show Video Reveal 

PSA- Filipino Culture Night Showcase Live on Youtube, 6-9pm cst

April 25Japan House Shares Kuroshio, 4pm

April 27Social Media-Small Business Tuesday, follow on IG @aaccillinois

April 28: Cooking with AACC Office Manager, Maria on IG Live at 4pm cst, follow on IG @aaccillinois

April 29: Cooking with AACC Assistant Director, Christina on IG Live at 4pm cst. follow on IG @aaccillinois

April 30: Soboku-e “Innocent Paintings,” the Art of Artlessness, and Mindful Art Journaling, 3pm-4:30pm cst


What is Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month? 

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month celebrates the collective accomplishments of the heterogeneous communities that make up the APIDA population. Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869. It was later expanded from a week long to a month long celebration in 1990. Since then, May has been designated as national AAPI Heritage Month, much like Black History and Women’s History Month celebrations. However, because of Illinois’s academic calendar, we have not been able to celebrate May as APA Heritage month on campus, nor has there been any organized effort to acknowledge the month in the C-U Community.