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Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration (APIAHC) Calendar

Join us in celebrating the 15th anniversary of UC San Diego's Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Celebration (APIAHC). Below is a list of the events that highlight this year's theme “Empowering Community Through Reflection and Recognition".

April 23 - May 2 | Pac-Arts SDAFF

Queer APIMEDAs in History (Part of Out and Proud Week also) 1pm 

May 1 | Pacific Islander Program film w/ PISA & SPACES


May 5 | KP CORE GBM: Filipinx Mental Health in Higher Education


KP CORE's Week 6 GBM will be focusing on mental health in higher education in honor of May being Mental Health Awareness Month. We will be having Alexis Aguilan David to present on Filipinx Mental Wellness and we will also be raffling off self-care packages!



6:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. 

This event is sponsored by SPACES. 

Contact: Lauren Saclauso

May 6 | APIAHC Kick-off

APIAHC Kick-off 12-1:30p PST 

May 7 | "140 LBS: How Beauty Killed My Mother" Performance by Susan Lieu


"140 LBS " is a solo theatre work written and performed by Susan Lieu, a first-generation American born to Vietnamese refugees. The performance weaves together several through-lens: intergenerational trauma; parent-child relationship; body insecurity and shame; repression and healing from personal loss; lack of accountability in the medical system.



4:00 P.M. - 7:00 P.M.

This event is sponsored by Critical Refugee Studies Collective, Ethnic Studies.

Contact: Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez

May 7 | APIMEDA Community Time: Zines and Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration



Learn how to make your own mini-zine & come celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander American heritage with us in an afternoon of creating and community with APIMEDA Programs and Services and Asian and Pacific Islanders for the Arts and Humanities! We recommend having a pair of scissors, one sheet of 8.5x11 paper with at least one blank side, writing utensils, and coloring tools.



1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

This event is sponsored by APIMEDA Programs and Services, Asian and Pacific Islanders for the Arts and Humanities. 

Contact: Dephny Duan

May 7 | Breaking Down Imposter Syndrome in Asian American Communities: A Mental Health Panel

UC San Diego APIMEDA Programs and Services and CAPS present our annual mental health panel in May, which is both Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month and Mental Health Awareness Month.

This year, join us for a conversation about imposter syndrome within Asian American communities, its repercussions on mental health, and strategies to combat imposter syndrome in various spaces (e.g. workplace, education, personal life, etc.). Please register for this panel at




11:30 A.M. -1:00 P.M.
This event is sponsored by APIMEDA Programs & Services and CAPS.
Contact: Kayla Yasuda


May 7 | Movement to Empowerment: Healing API Communities Through Yoga


Join us in this self-care event as guest speaker, Mindy Tran teaches us about race-based trauma and leads us in some trauma-informed yoga and mindfulness practices. All those who attend will also be mailed a self-care care package and be entered in an opportunity drawing with a chance to win a yoga mat. We hope to see you there!



5:30 P.M. - 7:00 P.M. 

This event is sponsored by SPACES and APSA/

Contact: Alyssa Castillo

May 8 | Far East Deep South Documentary Discussion

Join us as we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month through a discussion with filmmaker and producer, Baldwin Chiu of Far East Deep South. Far East Deep South is a documentary that explores the seldom-told history of Chinese immigrants living in the American South during the late 1800s to mid-1900s through the eyes of Charles Chiu and his family as they travel from California to Mississippi to find answers about his father, K.C. Lou. Participants are encouraged to watch the documentary prior to the event on Kanopy, please RSVP by April 30th to receive instructions on how to watch it.
5:00 P.M. - 6:00 P.M. 
This event is sponsored by UCSD HDH Connect. 
Contact: Ada Tong

May 10 | Understanding the Context for Asian Americans in Higher Education


Learn about who we are talking about when we say "Asian American" and hear an introduction to the context for Asian American people in higher education spaces.



11:30 A.M. - 1:00 P.M. 

This event is sponsored by APIMEDA Programs and Services.

Contact: Windi Sasaki

May 10 | Cripping Asian American Mental Health: A Conversation with Dr. Mimi Khúc



A discussion with Queer scholar/teacher/writer Dr. Mimi Khúc on the intersections of race, queerness, and dis/ability in relation to mental health and un/wellness. Participants are eligible to win a copy of the Asian American Literary Review’s Open in Emergency Box.



12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M. 

This event is sponsored by SPACES. 

Contact: Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez

May 11 | Project Yellow Dress #ChildofRefugees Workshop



What does it mean to be children of refugees, and to be Southeast Asian American? In this workshop with Project Yellow Dress co-founder Julia Ha, we will reckon with our shared histories through creative artmaking, centering the themes of identity, empowerment, and healing. 


Zoom code: 953 9599 9525

7:00 - 8:30 P.M. PST 

Contact: AAPI

May 11 | The Future of Japan after COVID: Vision of the Committee “Choosing the Future 2.0”



2014, Prime Minister Abe convened a committee to lay out future visions of Japan in light of a fast ageing and shrinking society. In 2020, this committee was hastily reconvened to incorporate into its vision the various aspects in which COVID-19 is rapidly reshaping peoples’ attitudes about all aspects of life, including work and family, workstyles, productivity and industrial sector change. The purpose was to make sure that Japan will not miss this critical opportunity to realize real reform. The report, version 2.0, is now out, and the chair of the committee will share with us what it entails, and what the government, business, and society can do to realize it.



4:30 P.M. 

This event is sponsored by the School of Global Policy and Strategy. 

May 13 | Equity Talks for Staff by Staff Rise Up: Justice for Asian Pacific Islander Communities

Equity Talks for Staff by Staff Rise Up: Justice for Asian Pacific Islander (API) Communities discusses the surge of API-targeted xenophobia and actions for equity and justice.
12:00 P.M. - 1:00 P.M.
This event is sponsored by Cross-Cultural Center.
Contact: Nancy Magpusao

May 13 | AAPI Student-Faculty/Staff Mixer


AAPI Studies, APIMEDA, and APSA invite you to an informal mixer where AAPI students and faculty can be in community and get to know each other outside the classroom. Contact with questions.



4:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

This event is sponsored by AAPI Studies, APIMEDA, APSA. 

Contact: AAPI

May 14 | Combating Imposter Syndrome: A student-centered Mental Health Workshop

Join the APIMEDA community in a student-centered workshop about Imposter Syndrome and its relation to mental health. This is a safe space for students to share their own experiences in battling imposter syndrome and to listen to other students’ unique perspectives. Together, we will discuss how to recognize imposter syndrome within our everyday lives as students, and we will develop concrete strategies to reduce feelings of anxiety and low self-worth associated with this phenomenon. Both undergraduate and graduate students are welcome!


Event Link:

1:00 P.M. - 3:00 P.M.

This event is sponsored by APIMEDA Programs & Services.

Contact: Kayla Yasuda


May 14 | API Heritage Arts and Crafts Night


Join APSA as we explore different Asian-Pacific Islander cultures through arts and crafts! We will send you a craft kit of your choice, as provided in the Google Form below then gather together over Zoom to make our crafts together! Craft Kit Link:



5:30 P.M. - 6:30 P.M. 

This event is sponsored by SPACES and APSA.

Contact: Alyssa Castillo

May 19 | Memory & Refuge(eness): On Southeast Asian Identities & War


A conversation between Long Bui's Returns of War: South Vietname and the Price of Refugee Memory (New York University Press, 2018) and Ma Vang's History on the Run: Secrecy, Fugitivity, and Hmong Refugee Espistemologies (Duke University Press, 2021).

Dr. Long Bui is an Associate Professor in Global & International Studies at UC Irvine and graduated with his PhD in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego in 2011.

Dr. Ma Vang is an Assistant Professor in Critical Race and Ethnic Studies at UC Merced and graduated with her PhD in Ethnic Studies from UC San Diego in 2012.



11:00 A.M. - 12:30 P.M. 

This event is sponsored by SPACES, Critical Refugee Studies Collective, Ethnic Studies.

Contact: Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez

May 19 | Ethnic Studies: "Race & Indigeneity in Oceania"


This webinar brings together four noted Pacific Islander Studies scholars and community organizers for a discussion around the intersections between race and indigeneity across Oceania. Our conversation will explore the connected and overlapping histories of racial formations, empire, settler colonialism, and militarism within the intimacies of oceans and islands. The panel will be moderated by UCSD Ethnic Studies PhD alum Dr. Olivia Quintanilla. ASL will be provided.


Event Link:

3:00 P.M. - 5:00 P.M.

This event is sponsored by Ethnic Studies, AAPI Studies Minor Program.

Contact: Andrew Jolivette

May 20 | Dinner with Kevin Nguyen: Queer Southeast Asian American Storytelling


APIMEDA Programs and Services invites you to an evening with Kevin J. Nguyễn. Don't forget to bring your dinner and questions! Kevin J. Nguyễn is a queer Vietnamese son of immigrants with a big dream - to cultivate spaces that empower people to live a life true to themselves and be a part of a movement of change-makers. His love for storytelling led him to a career in digital media and TV/film where he has worked for companies like Jubilee Media, BuzzFeed, and most recently, Snap Inc. as their Content Lead. He has directed, produced, and edited hundreds of content amassing billions of views worldwide on platforms like Amazon Prime, Hulu, YouTube, Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat. In 2020, his ambition led him to write and direct his first independent short film, BLUE SUIT, which has been an official selection of fifteen film festivals across the United States. On his time off, you can find him at a restaurant taking pictures of his food or belting his favorite songs at karaoke with the people he loves.



5:30-7 pm. 

Contact: Fran Bautista

May 21 | Messy Activisms with Dr. Martin Manalansan w/ AAPI Minor


May 21 | Schools, Prisons, Abolition: Youth of Color Organizing in Southern California



Description: Learn about the entanglements of schools, prisons, and policing, how carcerality shapes school environments, the deeper violence of the “school-to-prison-pipeline,” and how Southeast Asian, Pacific Islander, and other BIPOC youth are leading the movement for abolition in educational institutions and beyond.


Register: Here

3:00 P.M. - 4:30 P.M. 

This event is sponsored by AAPI Studies.

Contact: AAPI Studies

May 24 | Refugee Asian Americans & Media: Conversations w/ Bee Vang


May 24 | Screening of the First Asian American Studies Course at UCSD (1986): Regents' Lecturer Minoru Yasui



In March 1986, Japanese American activist, attorney, and Presidential Medal of Freedom awardee Minoru Yasui was announced to be a University of California Regents' Lecturer. On April 9th at 8pm in Peterson Hall Room 108, Yasui was a guest speaker in the first Asian American Studies class at UCSD with talk "Liberty and Justice for All." Yasui’s speech was the first speech given at UCSD that persuaded administrators to consider AAS as a legitimate field of study. Students, faculty, staff, administrators, and other community members packed the room this day. Yasui's lecture marked a pivotal moment in the movement to establish AAS at UCSD during the 1980s.

This is the last known video footage of Yasui.

Join us for an afternoon screening of the lecture with introductory remarks made by Emeritus Professor Jim Lin and Asian and Pacific Islander Student Alliance. Register at

A conversation between Emeritus Professor Jim Lin and Associate Professor of History and Director of the AAPI Studies Program Dr. Simeon Man about the movements for Asian American Studies at UC San Diego will continue on Friday, May 28th at 1pm PT.


3:00 PM 4:00 PM PDT

This event is sponsored by APIMEDA. 

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May 23 | "TAIKOVISION" Asayake Taiko' Virtual Showcase


Confused over a series of dreams involving strangers playing on drums, a girl finds a mysterious device which helps show her what taiko is.



4:00-5:00 P.M.

Contact: Eric Igarashi

May 24 | Stories & Hauntings of Queer Southeast Asian Activist


Working with this quote from "The Poetics of Haunting in Asian American Poetry" Project (based on "Going Toward the Ghost: The Poetics of Haunting in Contemporary Asian American Poetry" (Jane Wong, 2016)), this panel seeks to address the queer intersections and interventions of story-telling and story-making of four queer-identified Southeast Asian activists, artists, and scholars. In what ways do our complex identities haunt the community we work with and work for, but also how do these identities haunt our own relationship with ourselves?

This conversation will be between Bee Vang (he; Hmong), June Kouch (she/ they, Khmer), Quyên Nguyễn Lê (she/they, Vietnamese), & J.A. Ruanto-Ramirez (he/they; Katutubo - Aeta, Igorot, Lipi, Moro).



6:00 P.M. - 7:30 P.M. 

This event is sponsored by SPACES. 

Contact: Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez

May 25 | Environmental Advocacy in East Asia



East Asia is a region dominated by pro-business governments that are generally hostile to political advocacy, and yet those same governments have become global leaders in environmental policymaking. East Asia’s environmental advocates must be doing something right—What can we learn from them? This talk will drawn on some of the highlights from Haddad’s new book, Effective Advocacy: Lessons from East Asia’s Environmentalists (MIT, 2021), which introduces a new model for understanding policymaking and illustrates five of the most effective strategies for environmental advocates.



4:30 P.M. 

This event is sponsored by the School of Global Policy and Strategy.

May 26| South Asian American Auntyness & Intimacy


May 26 | Taiko Workshop with Naruwan/Diana Wu

Taiko Workshop Flyer


Please join us and experience the joy of Japanese drumming by developing basic taiko techniques, discovering taiko culture, and best of all, meeting new folks! No prior taiko or music background necessary! 



3:30 - 4:30 PST

This event is sponsored by Pan-Asian Staff Association. 

Contact: Maddy Agamata

May 26 | Boba Happy Hour API Alumni Council


May 27 | Aloha Rodeo: In Conversation with David Wolman

Aloha Rodeo flyer

Now in development with Disney films, Aloha Rodeo unspools the fascinating and little-known true story of the Hawaiian cowboys whose 1908 adventure upended the conventional history of the American West. An unforgettable human drama set against the rough-knuckled frontier, Aloha Rodeo has received widespread acclaim from the New York Journal of Books, NPR, and more.

Join I-House Global Forum as we take a deeper look into the journey of these three Hawaiian cowboys as they compete in the world's greatest rodeo and uncover a hidden history of the American West alongside author David Wolman. 



5:00 pm - 6:00 pm PDT

This event is sponsored by I-House Global Forum

May 27 | Chai Talks: Chai, Auntyness, & Intimacies


What does South Asian Critical Aunty Studies mean, look like, and performed? How does one queer intimacies and relationships through food and performance? This conversation brings Dr. Kareem Khubchandani (Tufts University) and Dr. Anita Mannur (Miami University) to talk about South Asian Auntyness and contemporary issues with South Asian and Asian American Studies.



12:00 P.M. - 1:30 P.M. 

This event is sponsored by SPACES.

Contact: Joseph Ruanto-Ramirez

May 28 | Wellness Yoga


May 28 | A Conversation about the Movements for Asian American Studies at UC San Diego



The movement that led to the establishment of the Asian American and Pacific Studies Program in Fall 2020 is a result of nearly forty years of advocacy. Come hear a conversation with our guests, Dr. Jim Lin (Professor Emeritus, Math) and Dr. Simeon Man (Associate Professor, History and Director of the AAPI Studies Program). We will discuss their involvement in the efforts over the past forty years, what is currently happening, and what the hopes are for the first forty years of the Program. We will also discuss the Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies Community Archive Project. 



3:00 PM PDT - 4:00 PM PDT

This event is sponsored by APIMEDA. 

May 28 | iCafe Philippines



12:00 - 1:00 P.M. PDT

This event is sponsored by APIAHC. 


May 29 | Come Undone film w/ Critical Refugee Studies & LAOSD


June 14 | Cambodian Student Association 15th Annual Culture Show