APIDA Heritage Month
May is Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month which uplifts and honors the identities, experiences, histories and cultures of Asian Pacific Islander and Desi-identified individuals.
APIDA is a pan-ethnic classification that intentionally includes South Asians (Desi) as part of the community along with those in the community of East Asian, Southeast Asian, and Pacific Islander heritage. APIDA represents a diverse community of more than 50 ethnic groups and includes all people of Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander ancestry who trace their origins to the countries, states, jurisdictions and/or the diasporic communities of these geographic regions.
The APIDA Heritage Month Planning committee has coordinated a month of events that celebrates and honors APIDA communities, but also unpacks the label APIDA to allow for a deeper conversation and understanding of the many different cultures and ethnic groups included under the term APIDA. We hope that through your attendance at these events you engage with community and learn about how to support APIDA communities.
A special thank you to the APIDA Heritage Month Planning Committee for your hard work, organization, and commitment to providing important programming to the community.
APIDA Heritage Month Planning Committee Members:
- Tulea Enochs, Administrative Assistant
- Shrija Ghandi, ESC Advocacy Coordinator
- Chelsea Joefield, ESC Club Advisor & Program Manager
- Erin Magarro, ESC Cultural Program Coordinator
- Alexandra Rodgers, Resident Director
- Bryce Sasaki, Academic Support Coordinator
- Shalini Singh, Diversity Recruiter & Retention Specialist
- Jeremy Wang, Academic Support Coordinator
- Amy Salinas Westmoreland, Director of Multicultural Student Services
History of APIDA Heritage Month
The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. Most of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. Please visit the Asian Pacific Heritage website to learn more about this month.
APIDA history is an important part of the American experience, and we encourage our community to celebrate and learn about the achievements, hardships and sacrifices of APIDA people that deserve to be explored.
Join us for a screening of the Academy Award winning film “Everything Everywhere all at Once”. Doors open at 5:30pm, film starts at 6:00pm. (Open to the community)
Support our Student Clubs
Support our student clubs as they celebrate their culture and community during their heritage dinners. Information for how to purchase tickets can be found on the WIN website.
April 29, 2023 - Vietnamese Student Association
May 6, 2023 - Korean Student Association
May 13, 2023 - Filipino American Student Association
May 27, 2023 - Pacific Islander Student Association
Resources and Reading
- Bystander intervention trainings
- APIDA vs. APISAA
- Megan Asaka – Author: Seattle from the Margins - Exclusion, Erasure, and the Making of a Pacific Coast City
- History of APIDA Heritage Month
- Ignite Young Asian People Power: A Conversation on Mixed-Race Asian Identity
- US: Unscripted Stories - Navigating Mixed Identities
- Stop AAPI Hate
- Right to Be (Formerly known as Hollaback) Bystander Training
- The Sikh Coalition: Sikhism: An Educators Guide
- Decolonize Yoga
- Pew Research Center Documentary: Being Asian in America
- What it Means To Be Asian In America
- The inadequacy of the term “Asian American”
- AAPI representation isn’t just a Hollywood issue
- An Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Reading List
- Engaging with Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: A reading list
- Four U.S. Supreme Court Cases Where Asian Americans Fought For Civil Rights
- Undocumented guide and resources
The Real History of APIDA Experience
Art and Poetry
- Khoi the Poet - "Asian American History" @WANPOETRY (CUPSI 2016)
- 10 Things You Should Know About Being an Asian from the South - G. Yamazawa
- ‘Beef’ Turns A Road Rage Incident Into 1 Big Life Question
- Asian Pacfic American Heritage Month PSA - beau sia
- What it feels like watching Licorice Pizza
A Special Thank You to our Community Sponsors
Amy Westmoreland, Director of Multicultural Student Services, Western Washington University