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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. 

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

Monday, April 2,  5pm
Helga Varden on "Sexual Violence"
AAS Unit for Criticism Faculty Lecture Series
Lincoln Hall 1002

Chai Time: Reflections, 6pm
Asian Pacific American Coalition
Asian American Cultural Center

Korean Night Market, 7pm
International Student and Scholar Services
North Quad

Tuesday, April 3 at 7PM
Chinese Carnival
CSSA
Main Quad

Food for Thought: "Holi: Festival of Colors", 12pm
Indian Graduate Student Association & ASHA for Education
AACC Lounge

Digital Humanities in the Middle East, 12pm
Center for South Asian and Middle Eastern Studies
Lucy Ellis Lounge FLB

Thursday, April 5

Film and Discussion with Anthony Brown, 12pm
Improvisers Exchange and Sousa Archives
Sousa Archives and Center for American Music

Water Walk, 1pm-5pm 
Global Studies Leaders
Main Quad

Korean Movie Night: Train to Busan, 6pm
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
66 Main Library

Friday, April 6
AAS Asia Unbound 20th Annivesary Celebration
Department of Asian American Studies
1:45pm-5:30pm, 180 Bevier Hall

Homeless, Abandoned: K-Week Speaker
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
12pm, Lucy Ellis Lounge FLB


Saturday, April 7
AAS Asia Unbound 20th Anniversary Celebration
Department of Asian American Studies
9:30am-12pm, 18- Bevier Hall

Global Transfer Afterglow: Asian American Jazz Trio
9:30pm-11pm at Krannert Center

Makan Fest  2018
Singaporean Students Association
6pm-9pm at YMCA

Malaysian Cultural Night
Malaysian Student Association 
7pm, 112 Gregory Hall

Sunday, April 8
Taste of Asia
Asian American Association
5:30pm-7:30pm at ARC MPR 6

Talent Show
Korean Student Association
6pm at Foellinger Auditorium

Calligraphy with Professor Shozo Sato
12pm-2pm at Japan House

Tuesday, April 10

AsiaLENS: Drawing the Tiger
CEAPS, CSAME
3pm at Spurlock Museum Knight Auditorium

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

Thursday, April 12
Japanese Architecture Around the World
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies 
12pm at Lucy Ellis Lounge FLB

Fighting for Visibility Art Exhibit Reception
5pm-7pm at AACC

Friday, April 13
Race, Settler, Colonialism, and the Value Form
Department of Asian American Studies 
11am, AACC Lounge

Langar 2018
Sikh Student Association
11:30am-4:30pm, South Quad

Cultural Variety Showcase: Visibility
Asian Pacific American Coalition
7pm-9pm, Illini Union Ballroom

Saturday, April 14
Holi 2018
ASHA For Education
12pm-5pm, Florida and Lincoln Playing Field

UkeWithNix
Asian Pacific American Coalition
7pm-8pm, Latzer Hall YMCA

Thursday, April 19
Filipina American Authors Symposium
Department of AAS
3pm-5pm, AACC Lounge

Friday, April 20
The Age of Nitrogen: Agricultural Modernization and Japan
Center for East Asian and Pacific Studies
12pm, Lucy Ellis Lounge FLB

Saturday April 21
Succeeding in Western Work Cultures
Asian American Association and Asian Student Achievement
12pm-4pm at Illini Union Room C

Monday, April 23
Asian American Leadership Awards 
Asian American Cultural Center
6:30pm-9pm, Alice Cambell Alumni Center Ballroom

Tuesday,  April 24

Food for Thought: "Striving for Student Leadership: A Journey through Government and Politics"
12pm, Asian American Cultural Center

Wednesday, April 26
Japanese Tea Ceremony
3pm, Japan House

Saturday, April 28
India Night
Indian Student Association
7pm-10pm, Foellinger Auditorium

Sunday, April 29

AsiaFEST! 2018
1pm-4pm, Asian American Cultural Center