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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 AAPI Champaign-Urbana community. 

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. 

APIDA Heritage Month Calendar Events

Saturday, April 1st  at 3PM
Filipino Culture Night
Philippine Student Association
Gregory & Newman Hall

Saturday, April 1st at 4PM
Chinese Carnival
Main Quad

Saturday, April 1st at 4PM
Singapore Students Association
University YMCA

Sunday, April 2nd - 5:30-8:30pm
Taste of Asia
Asian American Association

Tuesday, April 4- 12pm
FFT: Holi: The Festival of Colors
AACC & ASHA for Education
Asian American Cultural Center

Wednesday, April 5- 6pm-7:30pm
Interconnect: Racial Micro-agressions
Asian American Cultural Center

Wednesday, April 5- 5:30pm
Tea Ceremony
Japan House

Thursday, April 6- 5pm
AAPI Strong: Standing United Art Exhibit Reception
Asian American Cultural Center

Friday, April 7- 5:30pm
I Am Asian Week Cooking Competition
Asian Pacific American Coalition

Sunday, April 9- 6pm
Talent Show
Korean Student Association
Foellinger Auditorium

Tuesday, April 11- 12pm
A Brief History of Tibet: A Tibetan-American Narrative
Passang Gonrong, Students for Free Tibet
Asian American Cultural Center

Tuesday, April 11- 7pm
AsiaLens Film Screening Series: Don't think I've forgotten: Cambodia's Lost Rock and Roll
Spurlock Museum

Thursday, April 13- 5:30pm
Tea Ceremony
Japan House

Friday, April 14- 10:30am-3:30pm
UIUC Langar 2017
Sikh Student Association
Asian American Cultural Center

Saturday, April 15- 12pm-5pm
Holi 2017
ASHA For Education
Florida and Lincoln Playing Field

Saturday, April 15-1pm-3pm
Vietnamese Cultural Night
Vietnamese Student Association
Lincoln Hall

Saturday April 15-7pm
India Night
Indian Student Association
Foellinger Auditorium

Saturday April 15- 8am-5pm
ICASP Spring Workshop day
Asian American Cultural Center

Tuesday, April 18-12pm
FFT: A Conversation with CA Supreme Court Justice Goodwin Liu
Law School

Wednesday, April 19-6pm
South Korean Millenials-You Call it Passion
CEAPS, Spurlock, AEMS, Korean Language Program
School of Information Sciences 126

Wendesday, April 19 - 5:30pm
Tea Ceremony
Japan house

Saturday, April 22- 11am-5pm
Spring Open House
Japan House

Monday, April 24-7pm
Leadership Awards
Asian American Cultural Center

Alice Campbell Alumni Center

Tuesday, April 25- 12pm
FFT: Some Life Lessons from Lin Manual Miranda's Hamilton
AACC/Dennis Mondero, Executive Director-Chinese Mutual Aid Association
Asian American Cultural Center

Thursday April 27- 3pm
Tea Ceremony
Japan House

Friday, April 28-7:30pm-9:30pm
Let Me C-U Run
Main Quad

Saturday, April 29- 1pm-4pm
AsiaFEST! 2017
Asian American Cultural Center

Sunday, April 30- 1pm
Public Calligraphy with Shozo Sato
Japan House





Co-sponsored by Counseling Center, International Student and Scholar Services, Asian American Cultural Center, Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations-International Education and Family and Graduate Housing