Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI), celebrated in May, recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. 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. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Event List

Date | Time Event Name Event Registration
May 3 | 3 PM

Language of a Nation:Hawaii

Language of a Nation: Native Hawaiian filmmaker Conrad Lihilihi presents a four part historical Docu-series examining the 1896 Hawaiia Language Ban from public education. This series approaches the subject culminating a rich and diverse panel of academics in language, history, and politics.

Zoom ID:981 9721 4298

May 13 | 4 PM

Breaking Down: The Bamboo Ceiling

The term Bamboo Ceiling was coined by Jane Hyun, an Executive Coach and Global Leadership Strategist. Her book "Breaking the Bamboo Ceiling" provides career strategies for Asian Americans.

Zoom ID: 951 9037 7828

May 17 | 4 PM

Breaking Down: Southeast Asian American Experience in the United States

Soukprida Phetmisy and Levi Lovang discuss their experiences growing up as Asian Americans and the influence their culture had on their beliefs and decision making.

Zoom ID: 926 5495 8072

May 18 | 10 - 11:30 AM

Go Back to China! A Look into the Chinese Exclusion Act and the Perpetual Foreigner Stereotype

This program takes a small look into a part of American history that is not well known: The Chinese Exclusion Act. Attendants will learn about the history of this law and the stererotype of the Perpetual Foreigner.

Zoom ID: 916 1447 0867

May 19 | 4:30 - 6 PM

Unwrapping My Hyphen(s): East Meets West as a Mother Discusses Culture with Her Sons

Mother and son discussion on perceptions of ethnicity and race growing up in a Southeast Asian-Italian-American family.

Zoom ID: 979 1566 4624

May 20 | 7 PM

Lantern Release & Drive In Movie

 Event Details

May 21 | 1:30 PM

Asian American Literature Today: Monique Truong & Rick Barot

Join novelist Monique Truong and poet Rick Barot as they read from their latest books – The Sweetest Fruits and The Galleons – and discuss their writing with moderator and historian Jason Oliver Chang

Zoom ID: 912 1735 0376
May 26 | 2 PM

New Songs For Ourselves: Exploring Identity

This program explores music as an expression of cultural heritage, identities, and community histories. The artists will also share new collaborative recordings produced for this program.

Zoom ID: 950 5010 1927
May 26 | 6:30 - 8 PM

Gods of Many Faces: An Introductory Discussion on the Religions of India

The ways in which Hindu myths and beliefs can be used for critical thinking. We hope to encourage student to consider all systems of belief as relevant. This should introduce how to use a belief system for everyday life.

Zoom ID: 920 2513 4849
May 27 | 10 - 11:30 AM

Social Justice Panel: Where Are You REALLY From? Stereotypes, Discrimination, and the Anti-Hate Movement

BC student, faculty, and staff share their experiences Asian Americans- looking into their past and present experiences with racism and discrimination; with a focus on the recent rise in Anti-Asian sentiment.The discussion will end with a guide as to how those in the BC community can help out.


Zoom ID: 991 7578 9121