Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

Horizontal AA&PI HM Calendar of Events

About Asian American & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AA&PI Heritage Month) is a university-wide celebration of the Asian American & Pacific Islander communities. While the month is federally recognized in May, the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs (MESA) and the United Asian American Student Organizations (UAAO) celebrate the month from mid-March to mid-April, with a diverse range of events that honor AA&PI history, heritage, community, and identity. 

Throughout the month, events will be added to the list of events below that may not necessarily be represented on the graphic calendar! Please check back often for updates. All are invited to join us! 

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2022 Events

Opening Ceremony

This year's AA&PI Heritage Month theme is: "Are You Listening? Oral Histories and Storytelling from the AA&PI Communities." To kick off our month-long series of events, we will be joined by keynote speaker Dr. Sy Stokes, a scholar whose work is focused on addressing campus racial climate, equity, and student activism. He was a 2020 NCID Postdoctoral Fellow and serves as a lecturer at the University of Michigan. The Opening Ceremony will consist of a keynote speech from Dr. Stokes followed by an audience Q & A session.

Register for the Opening Ceremony

     

    Intro to Degrowth

    March 23, 2022 / 7:00-8:00 p.m. 

    Virtual

    Register on Sessions: Link coming soon

    Attend a teach-in with Erica Jung from DegrowNYC on March 23rd. Degrowth is a climate justice and economic movement that critiques the idea of infinite economic growth and instead provides alternative solutions to overconsumption and production. Erica Jung will be talking about how the theory and origins of degrowth, and also how global Asian communities are affected by the pressure of economic growth in conjunction with imperialism. There will also be time for questions and discussion on the origins and applications of degrowth.

    Coordinated by the AA&PI HM Planning Committee

     

    Burmese Americans: Weaving a Liberated Life Through Coups, Narratives, & Organizing 

    March 24, 2022 / 6:00-7:00 p.m. 

    Virtual

    Zoom link: https://umich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrfuusqTosHdQNM7GOx0fH7bL0vO378Tfp

    “Burmese Americans: Weaving a liberated life through coups, narratives, & organizing” is a panel and conversation with Michigan-based organizers Dim Mang and Tha Par. This event will discuss the history of Burmese-Americans in Michigan, and related political organizing such as the founding of the Burma Center in Battle Creek, MI. This conversation will also center ethnic and religious minorities in Burma, and how these identities play into Burmese American organizing. We will end by asking how community members and activists can integrate the identities and histories of Burmese ethnic minorities in our efforts for collective liberation.

    Coordinated by AA&PI HM Planning Committee
     

    Printmaking in Organizing: Political Poster Art in Palestinian and Asian American Movements

    March 28, 2022 / 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

    In-person: North Quad Space 2435

    Register on Google Forms: TinyURL.com/SAFExUAAO22

    Join UAAO and SAFE for a collaborative teach-in and workshop on printmaking in Asian American and Palestinian organizing. This event is part of SAFE's Palestine Awareness week. There will be an opportunity to design & make your own prints!

    Coordinated by UAAO and SAFE
     

    Michigan Mehndi 

    March 24, 2022 / 7:30 p.m. 

    In-person: Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom

    Register on Sessions: Link coming soon

    Cost: 

    For UM Affiliates:

    $17 from Michigan Union Ticket Office on the Michigan Union Ground Floor (Basement)

    $19 from MUTO website

    For non-UM community members:

    $24.50 from MUTO website available starting 3/18

    Michigan Mehndi is a celebration of Pakistani attire, dance, music, and cuisine for anyone interested in exploring Pakistani culture!

    Coordinated by Pakistani Student Association

     

    Mehndi and Henna Magic 

    March 30, 2022 / 7:00-8:30 p.m. 

    In-person: Michigan League, Koessler

    Register on Sessions: Link coming soon

    A fun, relaxed event to learn a bit more about the cultural significance of mehndi/henna in South Asian and Arab Cultures. The main portion of the event will allow students to practice and do mehndi.

    Coordinated by AA&PI HM Planning Committee, Arab HM Planning Committee, and the Center for South Asian Studies

     

    You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids: A Discussion with Author Frances Kai-Hwa Wang

    March 31, 2022 / 6:00-7:00 p.m. 

    Virtual

    Register on Zoom: https://umich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJAqdu-gqzwuGdOz4Lp0l80WzkCluhXMTMWd​

    Join us with author, speaker, and activist Frances Kai-Hwa Wang to discuss her new collection of essays, You Cannot Resist Me When My Hair Is in Braids. The book is a great gathering of the many contradictions, the multifaceted multitudes, of Frances Kai-Hwa Wang. Across its pages of aphorism, prose poem, micro-fiction, and lyric essay, we encounter Patsy Cline heartache and AOC outrage delivered in a humor that is solely Wang’s own.

    Coordinated by AA&PI HM Planning Committee

     

    UAAO Zine Release Party

    April 1, 2022 / 8:00-9:00 p.m. 

    In-person: Argus Farm Stop, Liberty

    Join UAAO in a celebration of the first-ever printed Zine release at Argus Farm stop! Focusing on UAAO’s ongoing efforts to collect, digitize, and archive AA and PI activism, advocacy, and organizing on the University of Michigan - Ann Arbor campus, The Liberation Archive draws on oral history to pose questions relating to self-determination, identity, and agency within the AA and PI communities. Pick up your copy of Zine ED. 4: The Liberation Archive at the release party.

    Coordinated by UAAO
     

    Western Fads and East Asian Influence: Giving Credit Where Credit is Due

    April 1, 2022 / 7:00 p.m. 

    In-person: South Quad, Yuri Kochiyama Lounge 

    Black culture has played an incredible role in the development of fashion and trends in the West—from the Y2K style to the renowned Telfar bag–but credit is still rarely given to Black folks.  Unfortunately, a lot of East Asian influences on fashion are overlooked as well. The goal of this event is to dissect them. This event discusses the rapid production of trend cycles that have emerged as a result of platforms like TikTok that rely largely on unacknowledged Chinese/Japanese influence alongside the Western commodification of East Asian art and fashion styles.

    Coordinated by UAAO
     

    GenAPA Culture Show 

    April 2, 2022 / 7:00 p.m. 

    In-person: Mendelssohn Theatre 

    Register on Sessions: Link coming soon

    Ticketed event.

    GenAPA 2022: "REIGNITE: Uniting our fires, sparking our futures”

    Generation Asian/Pacific American (GenAPA) Cultural Show is pleased to present our 2022 show! This year, we are showcasing the resilience and strength of our community- one that is able to rise up bigger and better than ever even in the face of great adversity. While the A/PIA umbrella contains a lot of diversity, by uniting each of our individual unique fires, we can give way for a brighter collective future.Check out our Instagram page (@genapa.umich) and Facebook page (Generation APA Cultural Show) to see how each of our performance groups define what our theme means to them!

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    GenAPA was founded in 1995, dedicating a show every winter semester to a variety of performance groups in the A/PIA community. It is the largest Pan-Asian cultural show in the Midwest, where we focus on social justice and education for the community.

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    GenAPA will be on Saturday, April 2nd- doors will likely open at 6:30PM and the show will begin at around 7PM. The show will be at the Lydia Mendelssohn Theatre. Ticket prices have not yet been set but in the past they have ranged from 8$-12$.

    Sponsors of our event include A/PIA Studies, CSP, MESA, the Nam Center for Korean Studies, and the International Center. (These may be subject to change, as we are still applying to funding.)

    Coordinated by GenAPA

     

    The ABCs of H-1Bs and more: A Conversation about Visas and Citizenship Status

    April 5, 2022 / 6:00-7:00 p.m. 

    Virtual 

    Register on Sessions: https://umich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEqcu6srDsjHdy2bJtgNQUHMfrE4HaRzsov

    An educational event on topics and stories related to immigration, visas, and H1-B status in the Asian American community. In specific, we will discuss the Immigration Act of 1990, what it means to be on H-1B, and the uncertainty that comes along with the status. Our conversations will be grounded in works of AAPI artists that explore these experiences, and we will also touch on the pandemic's impact in visas, as well as the various struggles of trying to gain citizenship.

    Coordinated by AA&PI HM Planning Committee

     

    A Conversation on Caste Protectionism with Dr. Dinesh Pal and Swarnim Khare

    April 6, 2022 / 6:00-X:00 p.m.

    Virtual 

    Register on Sessions: https://umich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIodOqhqj4vE9Y65ceP22rYTYgOsgBaDZhh

    Join us for a conversation on caste protectionism. Dr. Pal is a Professor of Anesthesiology at U-M and a member of Ambedkar Association of North America. Khare is a PhD candidate with research interests in language politics in North India, Translation Studies, and Print Cultures and Public Spheres in South Asia. 

    Coordinated by the AA&PI HM Planning Committee

     

    Over a Cup of Tea

    April 11, 2022 / 6:00- 7:00 p.m. 

    Register here: https://iu.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_C5RnMtCCRUCzTTb-qylB7A

    Join the Oceanic Student Associations’ at U-M and Indiana University for a discussion of Pacific Islander experiences within higher education. The perspectives of undergraduate students, graduate students, student athletes, and educators will be shared at this event. 

    Coordinated by the AA&PI HM Planning Committee, OSA U-M, and OSA IU

     

    Western Fads and Their East Asian Influences 

    April 12, 2022 / 6-7PM 

    In-person: YK Lounge at South Quad

    No registration required!

    Black culture has played an incredible role in the development of fashion and trends in the West—from the Y2K style to the renowned Telfar bag–but credit is still rarely given to Black folks.  Unfortunately, a lot of East Asian influences on fashion are overlooked as well. The goal of this event is to dissect them. This event discusses the rapid production of trend cycles that have emerged as a result of platforms like TikTok that rely largely on unacknowledged Chinese/Japanese influence alongside the Western commodification of East Asian art and fashion styles. Free dinner from Palm Palace will be provided!

     

    AA&PI Closing Ceremony

    April 13, 2022 / TBD

    In-person: UMMA Apse

    Register on Sessions: Link coming soon

    To close off this year's AA&PI Heritage Month, we will be hosting a celebratory gala! The night will consist of festivities, student performers, community awards, and essay contest honorariums. The gala will be a black-tie event and dinner will be served. Join us to commemorate the end of AA&PI Heritage Month with fun, food, and friends. We can't wait to see you there!

    Coordinated by the AA&PI HM Planning Committee

     

    OSAxMixed@Michigan Event 

    April 14, 2022 / 6:00 p.m.

    Zoom registeration here: https://umich.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJEtcOyurTwsGtfpsz63_bhgaX5f9ECnvl9d

     

    OSA Mixer

    April 15, 2022 / TBD

    In-person

    Register on Sessions: Link coming soon

    Get to know others in the Pacific Islander community on campus  over casual conversations, food, and refreshments with the Oceanic Student Association. 

    Coordinated by MESA and OSA

     

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