12 Campus Events Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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May marks Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. To commemorate the month while students and faculty are still on campus at Syracuse University, the Office of Multicultural Affairs and the AAPI Heritage Month Committee will host a series of events April 1-30.

According to the website describing the events, this year’s theme is “Regrounding: Celebrating our Identity” which focuses on sharing pride for the AAPI community, especially in light of rising anti-Asian hatred.

April 1: AAPI Heritage Month: launch

The first event of the month will be split into two parts. From 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., AAPI student organizations and communities will be showcased at the Schine Student Center. After the first half of kick-off, there will be a program that includes student performances, a vigil, and discussion of the annual anti-Asian hate crime exhibit that is housed at the Bird Library.

April 2: Holi

Known as the festival of colors, Holi is widely celebrated across India to mark the arrival of spring. At SU, the Hindu holiday filled with dancing and throwing powders of different colors will be commemorated at Women’s Building Field from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

April 5: AAPI Heritage Month: Book Club Discussion: “Crying in H Mart: A Memoir” by Michelle Zauner

From 7 to 8:30 p.m., a discussion on the book “Crying in H Mart: A Memoir” will be moderated by Amy Messersmith from Student Support Services and Pa-Zong Bina Lee, Masters student. The discussion will take place in room 132 at Schine.


April 6: Dumplings around the world

The Lambda Phi Epsilon fraternity will showcase the cultural significance of dumplings from various Asian countries, including Tibet, China and Japan. Then there will be a session where participants can learn how to wrap the dumplings themselves.

April 7: AAPI Heritage Month Memorial Lecture with Michelle Zauner

Michelle Zauner, Grammy-nominated singer and guitarist who fronts Japanese Breakfast, will give a talk on April 7. The conference will take place at the Gifford Auditorium at Huntington Beard Crouse Hall.

April 8: Mr ASIA 2022

Mr. ASIA is a contest featuring male competitors that focuses on issues relevant to AAPI students at SU and SUNY-ESF. The event will feature performances from student organizations as well as special guest artists.

April 8: OAD: Grocery Bingo (AAPI Heritage Month Edition)

As part of an Orange After Dark event, the Student Activities Office will be hosting a bingo night. Winners will receive bags containing items from Asia Food Market.

April 15: K-Night

Singers, dance groups and comedies will perform in Kittredge Auditorium at HBC from 7-9 p.m.

April 19: Community Voices: Overcoming Anti-Asian Bias

The event, taking place at Dineen Hall, will address anti-Asian bias in Syracuse and mourn members of the Asian community who have been victims of hate crimes. Presenters will include SU Bias Education Coordinator Jessica Goddard, as well as Asian American and Law School students.

April 20: Queer & Asian

From 4-5 p.m., an educational discussion on queer and Asian people will take place in the Schine 132 lounge.

April 22: AAPI Heritage Month: Paving the Way for Alumni Roundtables

In Room 500 of the Hall of Languages, a panel of AAPI alumni will recount their academic and professional experiences while offering advice to current students. Issac Ryu, a senior, will host the event.

April 30: AAPI Heritage Month: Badminton Tournament

Whether you play at a competitive level or for fun, students from different backgrounds are welcome to register for the badminton tournament. Registration will be open from April 1 to 22.

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