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APIDA Heritage Month 2022 at Salem State University

Honoring Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American Students, Faculty, and Staff

Asian, Pacific Island, Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month takes place every May in the United States. Salem State University celebrates in April every year to accommodate the academic year and recognize our communities within the country’s 22.2 million Asians, over 4.2 millions Desis, and 1.6 million Native Hawaiin and other Pacific Islander communities. APIDA encompasses people from all of the Asian continent, India, and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

About AAPI Heritage Month

APIDA Heritage Month, formerly Asian Pacific American Heritage Month until 2009 and Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) until recently, originated in 1992 when then New York Congressmen Frank Hortin introduced the bill that called for the month of May to receive that designation, which came from the idea of former Capitol Hill staffer Jeanie Jew in the mid-1970s – more than 15 years earlier.

Jeanie Jew witnessed the U.S. Bicentennial celebrations of 1976 and was concerned about the lack of recognition given to Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. At the time, celebrations of Black History Month and Hispanic Heritage were already in place. While Black History Month was decreed by President Gerald Ford in 1976 to become a national observance, Hispanic Heritage Week was designated as a national celebration by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1968.

The month of May was selected for two reasons: First, to commemorate the arrival of the first known Japanese immigrant to the U.S. on May 7, 1843; secondly, to honor the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, which upwards of 20,000 Chinese workers helped to construct. The month pays tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched the United State’s history and are instrumental in its future success. 

Read more about APIDA Heritage Month and the addition of Desi to the acronym.

Let's Talk: Asian Representation in Literature 

Come and join the Asian Student Association and Center for Justice and Liberation in a discussion with Loan Le, Vietnamese-American author of "A Pho Love Story". Find out more about "A Pho Love Story" and Loan Le's upbringing, and thoughts on the importance of Asian Representation in Literature. 

Date: Friday, April 1, 2022 at 5 pm
Location: Zoom

APIDA Heritage Month: Representing Authors and Culture with TeachingBooks

Hosted by Jill Coste, PhD., TeachingBooks, and Book Connections, this hands-on webinar will introduce you to the resources on TeachingBooks that complement Salem State Library's collection of AAPI books for children and young adults. You'll learn how you can use multimedia materials such as author interviews, discussion guides, book trailers, and more to enrich critical engagement with these texts. This session will cover the following: Book and Author Resources, Customized Reading Lists, and AAPI-specific Awards.

Date: Monday, April 4, at 11 am
Location: Zoom Webinar

"Did You Eat Yet?"

Is saying "I love you" too taboo? Join the Asian Student Association and PEAR as we discuss healthy and unhealthy relationships commonly seen throughout Asian-American households. 

Date: Monday, April 4, 2022 at 5 pm
Location: Zoom 

Cooking Mama: Boba Edition 

Join the Asian Student Association and Center for Justice and Liberation as we delve into the history of boba and its impact in America - with none other than our very own ASA board member, Erika Pen! All participants will receive a Boba DIY kit so they can follow along with Erika right in the comfort of their own homes. Be sure to sign up and join Erika as she goes step by step in showing us how to prepare the perfect bubble tea.

Date: Friday, April 8, 2022 at 5 pm
Location: Zoom

Asians in the Majors

Join the Asian Student Association, Asian Employee Resource Group, and Salem State Faculty as we delve into the lives of the Asian American faculty and staff from our very own campus and find out more about their majors of choice

Date: Friday, April 15, 2022 at 4 pm
Location: Zoom

K-Pop Dance Workshop

Back by popular demand, join the Asian Student Association for another K-Pop Dance Workshop, taught by our very own ASA board member - Jacqueline (Jackie) Chan and a special guest choreographer! Space is limited, please be sure to RSVP. 

Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2022 at 5 pm
Location: Ellison Campus Center, Veterans Hall B

APIDA Movie and Pajama Night 

Join the Center for Justice and Liberation and Asian Student Association for a screening of Marvel’s Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings! Bring a blanket and wear your favorite PJs as we socialize, build community, and enjoy popular Asian snacks. 

Date: Thursday, April 21, 2022 at 7 pm
Location: Ellison Campus Center, MLK Room

Asian Dynasty Dinner

Join the Asian Student Association and Center for Justice and Liberation for their final event of APIDAHM. Enjoy a formal dinner in celebration of all Asians nationwide, internationally, and most importantly - here in our campus community. The event will conclude with the annual APIDAHM award ceremony. Space is limited, please be sure to RSVP. 

Date: Monday, April 25, 2022 at 5:00 pm
Location: Ellison Campus Center Veterans Hall


Coordinated by 2022 APIDA Heritage Month Collaborative, which includes representatives of and/or co-sponsorship by the Academic Affairs Division, The Alliance, Alumni Association, Asian Employee Resource Group (AERG), Asian Student Association (ASA), Center for Civic Engagement, Center for Justice and Liberation, Dean of Students Office, HESA Program, Inclusive Excellence Office, Prevention, Education, Advocacy, and Response (PEAR) Program, Salem Human Rights Coalition, School of Education, and Student Life.

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