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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)

The Student Life Multicultural Center sponsors this major Asian Pacific American identity programmatic undertaking each year, bringing together student and community groups across a wide diversity of Asian cultures and traditions. 

This year’s theme is “Having Passion, Taking Action.” What are you passionate about? How are you taking action? This month is full of speakers and dialogues for you to see the passions of others and the ways in which they have acted on them across a range of interests.

APAHM is co-sponsored by the Asian American Association, Asian American Studies, and the Graduate Pan-Asian Caucus.

Check back here for regular updates! Contact Annabelle Estera ( to get involved or if you have any questions.


APAHM Instagram and Essay Contest

Instagram Contest: Follow the Student Life Multicultural Center (@mcc_osu) on Instagram; take a picture related to the APAHM theme or at an APAHM event and post it with the hashtag #APAHM15! You will be automatically entered into the raffle to win a $50 gift card to Amazon. Post as many pictures as you want - we'll count up to 2 entries per day per person! 

Essay Contest: Talk to us! What is your passion, and how are you taking action? How are you working to make a difference in your community through your thoughts and actions? Enter in your essay of 500-750 words reflecting on this year's APAHM theme. Entries will be judged by the APAHM planning committee with the winner receiving a $100 gift card to Amazon. Submit your entries toAnnabelle at by Monday, February 23. *NOTE: DATE CHANGE!!*


Calendar of Events - Click the event titles for more info! 

We know...there are a lot of great events happening this month! To thank all of you loyal event attendees, those who come to at least 5 events (and make sure to sign-in) will receive an APAHM mason jar! You will automatically be entered into a raffle to win a $50 gift card to Amazon and more.

HIV/STI Testing: Every Tuesday night

Similar to all other History Awareness Months, the Student Life Multicultural Center encourages everyone to get tested and know the facts!

What's Your Story? Student Lecture Series - Jonathon Sun: January 14

For the What's Your Story? series, Ohio State faculty and students share personal experiences and perspectives related to social justice, identity and culture. Join us for as OSU student Jonathon Sun shares his research at the intersection of ethnicity and religion. 

APAHM Dialogue #1: "Let's Talk About it - Privilege": January 15

Join us in our first student-led dialogue for APAHM 2015! Seung Jun will lead a discussion on privilege and its implications.

APAHM Kick-Off ft. Julie Zhan: January 16

We invite you to the official APAHM 2015 Kick-Off! Come in your snappy casual, celebrate the start of the semester, and learn about what we have in store for this year's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. It's a great opportunity to get involved, meet new people, make friends, network, and connect with other students, staff, and faculty. There will be food as well as performances. Open to all, so come by and bring your friends!

Dance Workshop with Julie Zhan: January 17

Dancer and actress Julie Zhan will be here to lead a dance workshop. People at any dance level are welcome to attend! Check out her work here.

Slam Poetry Workshop with Kit Yan: January 20

Have you ever wanted to try your hand at performing slam poetry? Come join this unique opportunity to learn from spoken word artist Kit Yan. 

An Evening of Spoken Word with Kit Yan: January 20

Enjoy spoken word performance by Kit Yan, a queer, transgender, and Asian American Brooklyn based slam poet from Hawaii.

Putting Your Passions on Paper - A Resume Workshop: January 21

Come to this resume workshop for both graduate students and undergrad! Learn how to set up a CV/Resume, how to frame yourself using specific words and phrases, and talk to people about their graduate school experiences!

Pursuing Your Passions, Entrepreneurial Style, with Don Le: January 22

Don Le, a Vietnamese American filmmaker, photographer, and entrepreneur, is coming to Ohio State to share his story. Come and learn about how he turned his passions to actions and how you can follow your dreams!

Understanding the "PI" in AAPI with Kehaulani Vaughn: January 23

You may have heard the term AAPI, APIA, APA, and certainly APAHM, but do you know what is meant by "PI" or "PA"? You might also know that they stand for Pacific Islander and Pacific American. However, how much do you know about Pacific Islanders and the issues impacting these populations? Join us as Kehaulani Vaughn talks about this through an interactive discussion. 

What's Your Story? Faculty Lecture Series - Dr. Namiko Kunimoto: January 26

At What's Your Story? Ohio State faculty share personal experiences and perspectives related to social justice, identity or culture. This month, hear from Professor Namiko Kunimoto from the History of Art department.

An Evening with Hari Kondabolu: January 26 *CANCELLED - Looking to reschedule*

The Asian American Association at Ohio State, with support from the Student Life Multicultural Center, is proud to bring Hari Kondabolu to campus! Hari Kondabolu is a Brooklyn-based, Queens-raised comic who the NY Times has called “one of the most exciting political comics in stand-up today.”

Korra, Aang, and You: January 27

Explore the exciting world of the Avatar! In this workshop,  we’ll discuss Avatar’s pop culture success and its influences. Of particular interest will be Asian representation in American animation. 

APAHM Dialogue #2: January 28

Join our second dialogue for the month on contemporary Asian Pacific American issues.

Asian American Association Community Meeting: January 28

Every month, the Asian American Association holds a Community Meeting in order to spread awareness about what we are doing on campus. Students will have a chance to connect and learn about our short term and long term goals and how we have managed to achieve them.

One Asian Nation Semi-Formal and Pageant: January 30

Join the Asian American Association at One Asian Nation Semi-Formal! Pleasure your palate with Asian cuisine. Enjoy a night of pageantry as a group of contestants competes for the title of Mr. and Ms. Asia 2014. 

Connecting Research and Identity with Yuri Doolan: February 2 *CANCELLED - TO BE RESCHEDULED*

In this engaging talk, OSU alum Yuri Doolan will talk about his current research and connect it notions of identity. Specifically, what does it mean to be Asian American studying Asian American history?

Reflections on Panethnicity, Intersectionality and the Collegiate South Asian American Dance Community: February 2 *CANCELLED - TO BE RESCHEDULED*

We welcome back OSU alumni Yuri Doolan for an engaging talk about Asian American pan-ethnicity and his experiences within the South Asian American dance community.

Race Matters: February 4

We want to promote a better understanding of other race’s cultures through dialogue. By creating a safe environment, people can expect deep, personal conversations without feeling judged. It also aids in starting dialogue that otherwise might not come up in the community. We really hope to create a more culturally informed community here on campus!

This event has been developed by a group of 10 students who attended the Asian Americans Advancing Justice conference last September.

Asian Art Night: DATE CHANGE* February 9

Come learn about various Asian forms of art!

Documentary and Discussion - Pass or Fail in Cambodia Town: February 9

Due to the model minority myth, the unique histories and needs of Asian Americans, are often ignored. During this session, we will talk about some of these groups, including Southeast Asian Americans and more. A recently released short documentary will be shown to prompt discussion.

We are proud to welcome Varaxy Yi Borromeo,  University of Denver PhD student, and Danny Nam, Program Manager for Healthy Asian Youth, to be a part of these discussions. 

APAHM Dialogue #3: February 11

Join us for our final APAHM dialogue on contemporary Asian Pacific American issues.

Dear White People Film Screening and Actor Panel: February 16

Come watch the film Dear White People from 7:00-9:00pm in the Gateway Film Center, followed immediately with a facilitated panel discussion featuring two of the film's actors - Naomi Ko (Sungmi) and Marque Richardson (Reggie) - in which they will share their experiences with the film, and their thoughts on issues such as cross-racial solidarity, allyship, and activism. 

You are encouraged to reserve your ticket here!

**NEW event** State of the Field: Asian Pacific American StudiesFebruary 24

Come to this event to learn about research and current movements in the field of Asian Pacific American Studies with the greater OSU community!