APIDA Heritage Month

APIDA | Asian Pacific Islander Desi Amercian Heritage Month

Upcoming Events

Cherry Blossoms

Counterstories of Asian Americans in Higher Education

Thursday, May 5 at 12:00pm to 1:00pm, Virtual Event

Join us as we celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month with our Asian and Asian-American Faculty & Staff Association and other APIDA student organizations at Miami University. This will be an informal event to be in community and chat with fellow students, faculty and staff to celebrate this heritage month with boba drinks.

Sponsored By

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Asian American Association, Indian Student Association, and Diversity Affairs Council

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Red Chinese Lantern

Boba and Chat

Tuesday, May 10 at 12:30pm to 1:30pm, Shriver Center, John Dolibois Room B

Join us as we celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month with our faculty, staff, students, and student organizations at Miami University. This will be an informal event to be in community and chat with fellow students, faculty and staff to celebrate this heritage month with boba drinks.

Sponsored by

The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion, Asian American Association, Indian Student Association, and Diversity Affairs Council

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Resources

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center brings history, art and culture to you through innovative museum experiences and digital initiatives.

Standing Together for AAPI Heritage Month

As we mark another commemoration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we have to acknowledge how this time feels different

Care Package

Poems, meditations, films, and other cultural nutrients for times like this.

Literature + Museum

Literature Meets the Museum is a Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center initiative that honors the central role literature has played in Asian American cultural history.

Book Dragon

Various books connected to diversity.

Queer Check-ins

For this set of video poems, curated by Franny Choi, 12 queer Asian and Pacific Islander diasporic poets check in and give us glimpses of queer life--okay, not okay, and in between. Video footage, shot by the poets themselves, maps out queer space across the U.S. and beyond.


Asian/Asian American Faculty Staff Association

Established in 2007, the Asian/Asian American Faculty Staff Association (AAA-FSA) consists of employees of Miami University at the Hamilton, Middletown, and Oxford campuses. Its mission includes the following actions:

  • Advocate for Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander faculty and staff at Miami. We will support and defend the rights and privileges accorded to faculty and staff. We will make efforts to increase opportunities for current faculty and staff in order to raise our profile on campus. We will function as a liaison to the university regarding matters of concern to our community.
  • Promote the intellectual and personal development of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander students at Miami. We will work with students for the purpose of guiding their academic and cultural interests.
  • Collaborate with other Miami organizations and the community at large to foster a greater understanding of Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander issues and concerns. We will build networks and foster partnerships among academic affairs, student affairs, and community organizations to advance diversity, equity, and social justice.
  • Celebrate the cultures and contributions of Asian, Asian Americans, and Pacific Islanders in the United States and in the Diaspora. We will support university and community activities that fall within the scope of our organization's mission.

For more information, visit the Facebook page or email at aaafsa@MiamiOH.edu.

 

Past Events

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Standing in Solidarity: Candlelight Vigil

Saturday, April 3, 6:30pm

Asian American Association will be gathering at the SEAL on April 3rd from 6:30-7:30pm to mourn and honor the lives of the shooting victims. Bring candles, poems/speeches, and pictures of the victims (if you wish). Observe social distancing and mask regulations.

Crucial Conversations #educate2liberate

Stop the Hate: Mobilizing against Anti-Asian Racism and Violence

Wednesday, April 7, 6:00 pm

What is behind the dramatic rise in anti-Asian hate crimes? What are some of the historical roots of anti-Asian racism and violence in the US? How is the AAPI struggle against racism and violence connected to other struggles for racial justice? How might we collectively mobilize against racist violence?

Panelists

  • Dr. Katherine S. Cho
  • Ms. Hannah Stohry, doctoral student
  • Dr. Denise Taliaferro Baszile
Candlelight Vigil

Miami University Sikh Student Association Candlelight Vigil

Thursday, April 22, 7:30 pm

Location: The Seal outside of Roudebush Hall

We mourn the lives lost in Indianapolis.
We carry their families, and the Sikh, Sikh-American, and
South Asian community in our Ardaas.

On April 15, 2021, a mass shooting occurred at a FedEx Ground facility in Indianapolis, Indiana, during which eight people were killed and several others injured. About 90% of workers at the facility are members of the local Indianapolis Sikh-American community. Although the motive is not confirmed at this time, Sikh American civil rights organizations and the Indianapolis Sikh community are imploring elected officials to ensure that this shooting is not simply dismissed by the media or law enforcement and acknowledge what it is -- a deliberate act intended to inflict the most harm against diverse Americans to investigate anti-Asian/South Asian/Sikh bias. This tragic event occurred during the week of Vaisakhi, one of the most important Sikh holidays. This past weekend was one where many members of our very own AAA-FSA and MU Sikh Student Association in the Miami University community marked an otherwise joyous Holiday weekend, navigating the pain of this tragedy. MU SSA is holding space for all in our Miami Community to show solidarity and support this vigil honoring the memory of the victims this Thursday at 7:30 PM at the seal (by Roudebush Hall): Amarjeet Johal (66), Jaswinder Singh (70), Amarjeet Sekhon (49), Jaswinder Kaur (50), Samaria Blackwell (19), John Weisert (74), Karli Smith (19), Matthew Alexander (32).

Sponsored by: Miami University Sikh Student Association

Princess Ku'ulei Silva Johnson, Kuma Hula

Hawaiian Culture Presentation

Thursday, April 22, 7-8:30 pm

Launch Meeting

Presenter

Presented by: Princess Ku'ulei Silva Johnson, Kuma Hula (Hula Master)

Free online talk on the History and Traditions of Hawai'i with Hands-On Hula instruction. Special Introduction by King Edmund K. Paki-Silva, Jr.

Sponsored by: Regional Campuses Global Programs

Fusion TV

FUSION

Saturday, April 24, 3:00-5:00 pm

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Fusion is AAA's annual performance-based event held in the spring semester! Members of AAA perform dances and emcee through skits. This year Fusion will take place online and will be available for streaming.

All Are Welcome to Attend

Presented by: Asian American Association

Exploring Gender Justice and Human Rights in Punjab

Sunday, April 25, 6:00 pm

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Presenter

Mallika Kaur, JD

Mallika will speak about the inspirations and aspirations of doing gender justice work within and for the Sikh community. She will also discuss her book focused on human rights defenders of Punjab who persisted during the armed conflict years.

Sponsored by: The Interfaith Center at Miami University

APIDA Special Menu at Western Dining

Dinner at Western Dining Commons

Wednesday, April 28, 4:30-8pm

In honor of Asian Pacific Islander and Desi American Heritage Month, a special menu planned by the Miami University Indian Student Association, Sikh Student Association, and Asian American Association will be served at the International Station at Western Dining Commons for Dinner on April 28, 2021. All meals will be served to-go.

Presented by: Miami University Indian Student Association, Sikh Student Association, and Asian American Association in partnership with Campus Services

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Perceptions and Attitudes toward Accents among International Faculty, Staff, and Students

Friday, April 30, noon-1 pm

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This panel discussion aims to explore the socio-cultural circumstances relevant to accentedness of speech, and attitudes towards accented speech and linguistic variation in the university setting. The discussion will begin by uncovering some common linguistic myths and misconceptions about accents from the perspective of faculty and staff at Miami University. The panelists will then share their stories and experiences with accent perceptions and attitudes. The examples of accents will include foreign accents by speakers of English as an Additional Language and varieties of English. The discussion will involve on-the-spot interaction through an exchange of viewpoints or in response to questions from the audience. By the end of the panel, the participants will have a clear understanding of linguistic and social meaning of an accent and its significance in the university setting.

Panelists

  • Zeynep Aydogdu
  • Ebru Duffield
  • Meng Qu
  • Yuenan Jin Rodriguez
  • Galina Shleykina

Facilitator: Eun Chong Yang

Sponsored by: International Faculty and Staff Association at Miami University

Discussing the Intersection of Career and Heritage

Simran Kaur and April Robles hosting event

Friday, May 5, 2 pm

Instagram Live | join us @MiamiOHCareers

Join the conversation featuring April Robles, Director of Operations & Communication and Simran Kaur-Colbert, Special Assistant to the VP of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion on Instagram Live May 5, 2021 at 2pm EST by following @MiamiOHCareers.

Meet Simran & April

Asian International Student and Asian American Students’ Experiences at Miami

Thursday, May 20, 1-2 pm

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What is it like to be part of the Asian community during a rising wave of anti-Asian rhetoric? Global Initiatives and International Student and Scholar Services invite you to a special panel discussion, "Asian International Student and Asian American Students’ Experiences at Miami University." This panel discussion features Asian international students from China and Vietnam, as well as Asian American students. Participants will discuss how their experiences differ from each other and what we can do to better support them.

Student Panelists

  • Angel Luo
  • Michelle Miao
  • Isabella Corder
  • Lam Ha

Moderator: Dr. Katherine S. Cho

Sponsored by: Global Initiatives ISSS

 

How to Pronounce Chinese Names

Friday, May 21, 1-2 pm

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Did you know the "q" in a Chinese name is actually pronounced like "ch"? Making an effort to pronounce Chinese names correctly shows respect for their culture and creates a more inclusive and welcoming environment at Miami. At this workshop, attendees will learn a few simple tips and try out some practical tools as they gain more confidence when pronouncing Chinese names.

 

Presenter

Yuenan Jin Rodriguez

Sponsored by: Global Initiatives ISSS