Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month (or A/PIA Heritage Month) is a university-wide celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander American Heritage. While the month is recognized officially in May, the United Asian American Student Organizations and the Office of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs celebrate it from mid-March to mid- April, with a month filled with a diverse range of of events, lectures, workshops, and activities that honor A/PIA history.
Throughout the month, events will be added to the calendar below that may not necessarily be represented on the graphic calendar! Check back often for updates.
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List of Events
A/PIA Heritage Month Social
March 8th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
South Quad, Yuri Kochiyama Lounge
Open to students, staff, and faculty, this social is meant to serve as an opportunity to relax and to meet other members of the A/PIA community on campus. There will be snacks, board games, and a photo booth as well!
Open in Emergency: A Special Issue on Asian American Mental Health
Keynote by Prof. Mimi Khúc & Community Convening
March 10th, 3:00 - 6:00 PM
North Quad, Space 2435
Come celebrate and learn more aboutthe Asian American Literary Review's special issue on mental health called 'Open in Emergency.' AALR editor, Mimi Khúc, will give a keynote titled 'Mental Health in the Age of Trump' with opening readings from contributors Tarfia Faizullah and Peggy Lee. A community discussion will follow. Please click here for more details.
Tested Film Screening WSG Curtis Chin
March 15th, 4:00 - 6:00 PM
Angell Hall, Auditorium D
This documentary follows a diverse group of students hoping to ace a single admissions test, and explores important issues such as equal access, stereotypes, affirmative action and the model minority myth. Q&A session will follow with writer and director, Curtis Chin.
Chroma: The Power and Strength of Color
March 17th, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
North Quad, Space 2435
Chroma is an annual art exhibit aimed at showcasing the art, creative expression, and narratives of people of color. The exhibit is an opportunity for artists in our communities to showcase their talent, and this event serves as a space to not only celebrate our empowerment and healing, but to share and uphold our experiences.
March 21st, 3:00 - 7:00 PM
Michigan Union, Pendleton Room
Join students, faculty and staff in an afternoon of community-building, knowledge-sharing, and dialogue around campus Diversity, Equity & Inclusion plans and Asian American invisibility in U-M Bicentennial programming.
Refreshments and a light dinner will be served.
Yoni Ki Baat Monologue Show
March 23rd, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Rackham Graduate School Auditorium
Stigmas are powerful tools used to prevent us from having important conversations. Yoni Ki Baat presents: HUSH, its 10th annual spring monologue show. The show is entirely written, acted, produced, and directed by women of color at the UM, consisting of both undergraduate and graduate students! The significance of the name HUSH has a double meaning: 1) Women of Color are often “hushed” and not allowed to take up space (physically, emotionally). 2) We are telling the audience to “hush” and listen to us as we tell our stories, which are often vulnerable, brutally honest, and deeply personal. With this double meaning, we hope that HUSH will signify resilience, empowerment, and confidence, while also acknowledging the lack of space and representation women of color have in society. All proceeds from the show go to Mai Family Services which specializes in addressing the needs of South Asian survivors.
Classical Javanese Dance Introduction and Demonstration
March 24th, 7:30 - 9:00 PM
East Quad, Keene Theatre
Guest artists Wahyu Santoso Prabowo and Maharani Luthvinda Dewi will provide an introduction to the classical Javanese dance that originated in the palaces of Central Java, Indonesia. They will then present and explain scenes from the upcoming dance drama about Sunan Kali Jaga, an Islamic saint who helped bring Islam to Java.
Taiwanese Student Conference
March 31st - April 1st
This conference aims to reconcile the ideas of Taiwanese American identity and civic complacency through the alignment towards other minority communities and the oppression they face. By understanding Taiwanese history and the current Taiwanese American status, we strive to critically examine our involvement and support of other marginalized communities.
More information here.
Film Screening: American Revolutionary: Evolution of Grace Lee Boggs
April 5th, 7:00 PM
Video Viewing Room, Language Resource Center (North Quad)
April 7th, 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Michigan League, Mendelssohn Theatre
In light of recent events, we must remember that the A/PIA #commUNITY is not to be ignored or taken advantage of. We are the caretakers of our #commUNITY and diversity is not something to be feared but celebrated. Our responsibility lies in identifying and engaging our differences and similarities. To uphold our strengths and come together in solidarity. Through our show we hope to inspire, and provide a reminder: We are strong, we are equal, and #UnitedWeStand.
Islamic Dance Drama with Gamelan
April 10th, 7:30 - 9:30 PM
Two distinguished dancers from Java, Indonesia will be leading student dancers and musicians in a performance of a Javanese dance drama based on Indonesian Islam. Islam is a positive force espousing peace, education, and democracy. The drama will feature the spiritual development of a Javanese Islamic saint. The elegant and refined dance movements will be accompanied by the traditional musical sounds of the gamelan ensemble.
UAAO's A/PIA Heritage Month Closing Ceremony
April 10th, 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Michigan Union, Rogel Ballroom
- Celebrate the accomplishments and great things that have happened this past year in our community
- Honor and celebrate the seniors and their contributions to our A/PIA community and organizations
- Eat a free and delicious dinner
- Hang out with friends and take fun photo booth pictures
Nominate members, friends, orgs, events, and more for the Closing Ceremony Awards!
Nominations for awards will close on Friday, March 31st and we'll open voting on Saturday, April 1st, until Saturday, April 8th.
Rackham Visual Culture Workshop
April 13th - April 14th
Rackham Graduate School
That Brown Show
April 15th, 7:00 PM
603 E Liberty St, Ann Arbor, MI 48104
That Brown Show unites some of the premier South Asian music and dance groups on campus including Michigan Manzil, Maize Mirchi, Michigan Bhangra Team, Michigan Raas Team, Taal, Michigan Izzat, and Michigan Sahana on one stage as a part of our goal to spread awareness and appreciation of the Indian performing arts. Come experience the rich diversity of performance forms within the Indian community in one, high-energy evening!