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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 “InspirAsian.” What inspires you? How do you inspire others? This month is full of events that are sure to spark something new in your hearts and minds. Engage in your creative side; learn about the work that current students, alumni, community members, and others are doing in order to make this world a better place; reflect on what this means to you.

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

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


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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 Inspires You?" Photoshoot: January 8

The Asian American Association's advocacy team is putting together a digital storybook of pictures, and everyone is invited to be apart of it! Subjects are asked to share what inspires them, regardless of race, religion or language. Come get your picture taken and just for participating in this event, you will receive a soft vintage APAHM tshirt!

Asian American Community Oral History Project Celebration: January 8

Please join us for a celebration and the inaugural launch of the Asian American community oral history project. Interviews conducted by OSU students with Central Ohio student and community leaders will be shown. Refreshments will be provided.  

InspirAsian Gala: January 10

Come in your snappy casual and celebrate the start of the semester at the InspirAsian Gala. It's a great opportunity to get involved, meet new people, network, and connect. There will be sushi, spring rolls, dessert, refreshments, and performances. Prizes will be raffled off throughout the night. Open to all, so come by and bring your friends!

What's Your Story? Faculty Lecture Series - Dr. Pranav Jani: January 13

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 Pranav Jani from the English department.

Vietnamese Interacting as One (VIA-1) Conference Informational: January 13

This VIA-1 informational meeting at Lazenby 0002 from 7:00pm-9:00pm. Learn about the VIA-1 Conference and what it is about! 

Kappa Phi Lambda's Family Feud: January 14

The event is located in the Round Meeting Room at the Union and only $3 to play! Doors open at 5:15pm! All proceeds will go to Healthy Asian Youth (HAY), an afterschool and summer program that provides tutoring, mentoring, leadership training, and other educational services to students in grades K-12.

Asian Art/Calligraphy Night: January 14

We are collaborating with the Drawing & Painting Club for a night of Chinese and Japanese calligraphy! Learn about Asian art and come enjoy an interactive experience with bamboo brushes and black ink. This is event is free for all to attend, and materials are provided.

Vietnamese Student Association Kick-off Event: January 14

Come and join VSA from 6-9pm in Enarson 258 as we start off the new year with yummy Asian snacks and an information session on our future events! 

"Becoming Miss America" A Talk by Dr. Mani: January 15

What does it mean to be Miss America? In this talk, I examine the central role that beauty pageants hold for first- and second-generation South Asian Americans.  I discuss the iconic figure of the beauty queen in relation to the annual Miss India U.S.A. pageants in New York and California, as well as in relation to the Miss India pageants in India.

A Night with The Jubilee Project #DoingGoodisContagious: January 16

Jubilee Project is a 501c3 that exists to tell stories that inspire change. Our vision is to produce entertaining content that will empower, enable, and inspire others to do good as well. Come and hear their story, view unreleased footage, engage in Q&A and stay after for a meet and greet!

Multicultural Talent Show: January 17

The Pilipino Student Association and Organization of Arab Students invites you to our annual talent show. Contests have a chance to win fantastic prizes and the best performance is invited to Buckeye Showcase in April! Expect a night of great performances, free food, and fun!

Buckeyes for a Better World Badminton Fundraiser: January 18 and 25

This year, BSA at OSU (Bangladesh Student Association At The Ohio State University), in collaboration with the Badminton Club at OSU, will be holding a Badminton Tournament to raise money for UNICEF as a part of our annual fund raiser Buckeyes For A Better World.

Learn Henna: January 21

Join us for an artistic afternoon of learning how to henna! There will be a short demonstration in the beginning. Students from Sankalpa and Bangladesh Student Association will be ready to help you release your creative energy through henna. Beverages provided. There will be a contest for the “best henna design”, best 3 designs get a special prize!

Artist Opening Reception: January 21

Join us on January 21, 7-8pm, in the East Art Lounge in the Ohio Union! This month we are showcasing the artwork of 13 Asian American students. During this opening reception, attendees can view their work and personally speak to them about their unique design perspectives. Enjoy the special fruit and cheese pairings for a night of conversation centered around art! 

Exploring Intersections: Asian and LGBT Identities: January 22

Gregory Cendana is the first openly gay Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance, AFL-CIO (APALA). Come and dialogue with him and other attendees about the intersections of Asian and LGBT identities.

Shared Struggles: Towards Social and Economic Justice - Gregory Cendana: January 22

Gregory is excited to be pursuing his life’s passion serving others & making this world a better place for all. He is the first openly gay and youngest ever-Executive Director of the Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance. Angry Asian Man named him one of the 30 Most Influential Asian Americans Under 30 and the DC Spotlight called him the “Future of DC Politics.”

TASA Crafts Night: January 23

To celebrate APAHM, TASA wants to bring back a bit of Taiwan to OSU with a CRAFT NIGHT! Thursday, January 23 from 6:30-8pm in Lazenby Hall Room 001. Learn how to make shrimp and seahorses out of a single bendy straw, and also various other paper crafts!

InspirAsian with Steven Lim: January 23

Steven Lim is a YouTuber who creates online videos to tell stories of Asian Americans that are often overlooked in the media. He graduated from OSU in 2012 with a Chemical Engineering degree but gave up a steady job at Procter & Gamble to pursue a career in YouTube full time. Come to hear more about his story, watch some videos, and learn what inspired him to chase an “unrealistic” dream! Check out his YouTube channel here!

The Room Nobody Knows: January 23-26

Presented by The Wexner Center, in Niwa Gekidan Penino’s strange-yet-compelling production, a student half-heartedly studying for his exams becomes readily distracted by the appearance of two “elves”—hybrid creatures called Pig and Sheep, who enter into his interior world—as well as unnerving events involving his brother in a queasy subterranean lab. 

Learning from Your Community - Health Asian Youth: January 24

Learning From Your Community is an opportunity for students to interact with Columbus community members during a monthly dialogue series hosted by the Student Life Multicultural Center. Today, hear from Danny Nam of Healthy Asian Youth, and the ways in which they serve the Columbus community.

Faith and Chai: January 24 

Faith & Chai is back again, January 24 from 7-9pm in the Hale Center, MLK Lounge! Faith and culture are deeply intertwined with rich diversity in students of South Asian descent. Faith and Chai is a one-of-a-kind event where South Asian students at OSU can engage in friendship and dialogue concerning their faith and culture. Come join us for free Chai, Pani Puri, Samosas, and other Desi treats as we discuss South Asian culture, religion, and spirituality in an interfaith roundtable setting. Expect a safe, friendly environment with intriguing conversations as we gather to learn about each others' views and personal experiences with faith.

Chinese New Year Multicultural Talent Show: January 24

With the new year hoofing its way in, the Chinese American Student Association [CASA], Undergraduate Chinese Student Organization [UCSO], and The Brothers of Osu Pdpsi invite you to celebrate The Year of the Horse!
This completely FREE and open event consists of a FREE show with FREE food during intermission! Performances include dance, music, singing, demonstrations, and talents mostly related to Chinese culture. 

Korean Culture Show: January 25

ISO and KSA are proud to present to youins our annual Korean Culture Show! The Korean Culture show will be showcasing both traditional and modern aspects of Korea.

International Coffee Hour: January 27 

Open to all students, we are welcoming international and domestic students to join in a dialogue around the identities, traditions, and experiences of students across campus. The Student Life Multicultural Center will offer refreshments and an ethnic coffee or tea selection to those in attendance.

Somewhere Between - Documentary Screening and Discussion: January 27 (please note the new time and location!) 

Come view Somewhere Between, a deeply moving documentary that profiles Chinese adoptees in contemporary America. Following, Kimberly McKee will lead discussion on the film's themes. Kimberly McKee received her Ph.D. in Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from The Ohio State University. 

Modern Miss America - Nina Davuluri: January 27 

OUAB and the Asian American Association have teamed up to bring you a night filled with captivating dialogue, cultural celebration, and the company of American royalty. Nina Davuluri, Miss America 2014, travels to The Ohio State University to advocate her platform, “Celebrating Diversity through Cultural Competency.” Nina Davuluri had the honor of becoming the first Miss America of Indian decent. Miss America 2014 is not only wearing the crown, but also breaking cultural barriers while doing so.

What's Going on in Asian America? An Interdisciplinary Showcase: January 29

During this event we will showcase works across all disciplines from students and faculty. Featured guest Dr. Shelley Lee will be discussing her new book A New History of Asian America and a featured panel will discuss topics such as refugee populations and media portrayals of Indian Americans. Dinner will be provided and prizes will be given out!

One Asian Nation Semi-Formal: January 31

The theme for One Asian Nation Semi-Formal is Under The Sea! 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. Experience a night to remember!

Buckeyes for a Better World Variety Show: February 1

This year, BSA at OSU (Bangladesh Student Association At The Ohio State University), in collaboration with UNICEF-OSU, will be holding a variety show to raise money for UNICEF. This will be a competition of various performances by student organizations at OSU such as, BAAM, OSU NASHAA, Beauty and Beats, Dance Soul from China and more!

"If These Halls Could Talk" Screening - Diversity Leadership Symposium: February 6

Screening of Lee Mun Wah's newest film: "If These Halls Could Talk" followed by discussion led by Lee Mun Wah. Refreshments will be provided!

Thank you to the many organizations who are partnering with us for a wonderful month of programming!