AAPI Heritage Month is typically celebrated in May to commemorate the achievements and contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. In 1978, Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution to celebrate Asian American Heritage Week during the first 10 days of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries fall during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in the United States on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad by many Chinese laborers on May 10, 1869. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush and Congress voted to expand the celebration, and since 1992, May has been designated as AAPI Heritage Month. Because students and faculty are preparing for final exams and commencement activities the CREDE is following a common practice of celebrating AAPI Heritage Month during the month of April.

This years list of events consists of:

April 1-30th Signature Drinks at Irazu: Join Irazu as they celebrate AAPI Heritage month with special drinks all month long. The Green Tea London Fog and Iced Chai

April 1: AAPI Heritage Month Kick-Off, 2:30-5:30 pm,  Iconic Plaza with EMPRESS & the CREDE:  Join EMPRESS and the CREDE for a Kick-Off event for the Month. There will be garland making from 2:30-5. From 5-5:30, there will be a K-Pop dance class.

April 1: Food For Thought, 6-7 pm, Lakeside Tent (CREDE rain Location): Food for Thought is the CREDE’s monthly townhall that focuses on the experiences of AAPI students at Elon. Join us as we continue the conversation from last week’s #stopAAPIhate event.

April 6: AAPI College Coffee: Join us for an Elon tradition of College Coffee with a special menu to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month.

April 14: Kites!Kites!Kites!, 3-5 pm, Iconic Plaza: Join us as we make and decorate our own Kakudako and Rokkaku Kites. Kites were invented way back in 2600 B.C. in China, long before the start of written history. Over the years they’ve been used in different ways, including communication and measuring tools. These Kaku Dako, hail historically from Tokyo. This name loosely translates from Japanese to English as “Angled Kite”, referring to the rectangular sides of the body. Join us in making and flying your very own.

April 15: “QUIET! A conversation with Silk ClubA Zine for Asian and Asian American Community”, 6:30 pm-8 pm, Zoom: https://elon.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrcOGspzwrG9Sc8_rvPl2kPCkZaWlIBC9Q

Join us, for this amazing event as we talk with several members from Silk Club about their work, advocating for AAPI communities, representation, and what making a Zine like QUIET! means to them. Registrants will also make their own Zine pages.

Silk Club is an organization for Austin-based self-identified Asian American women, non-binary, and genderqueer folks to collaborate on projects that celebrate our experience. It is a space committed to validating and empowering intersectional identities, building creative opportunities, and fostering connections between different Asian communities. Since its inception in January 2018, Silk Club has hosted and participated in a number of community events and programs in addition to creating and developing the QUIET! zine.

QUIET! is a bi-annual zine that features photography, writing, art, design, and other creative works about Asian and Asian American experience. As Asian women, non-binary, and genderqueer folks, our stereotypically introverted demeanor has been used a means of belittlement and ridicule. In an attempt to both unlearn and embrace this given identity, our collaborators reflect on many aspects of Asian and Asian American life. Within a social justice and feminist framework, our goal for the QUIET! zine is to highlight and empower Asian creatives, create a space for marginalized voices, and provide a creative outlet for members of the community.

Sponsored by the CREDE & Belk Library

April 15: Khmer New Year with APSA, 4:30-6:30pm, Iconic Plaza: In Cambodia, Khmer New Year is the greatest traditional festival, and also the greatest national holiday.  It is three days of festival and sometimes can be four days. Khmer New Year begins on April 13th or can begin on April 14th, depending on the “MohaSangkran,” which is the ancient horoscope. Join APSA as they celebrate!

April 15: “Chai Chat” QTPOC Meet up 4-5pm, Irazu: Join us for a QTPOC Meet up in Irazu!

April 20: “Asian America: Four Key Ideas” with Professor Raj Goshal, 5:30-7 pm, Zoom: https://elon.zoom.us/j/4993732467 : Asian Americans have played significant roles in the US and its systems of race since the 1800s. This presentation addresses our histories and demographics; the construction of Asian American identity; our multiple roles in America’s race systems; the presenter’s experiences as a multiracial Brown Asian-and-white man; and prospects for change and activism. It is designed for all levels of knowledge on these topics. The presentation is followed by a Q&A.

April 27: “The Farewell” film Screening with Global Neighborhood and World Languages, 7 pm, Global Media Room: Join The Global Neighborhood and World Languages as we watch “The Farewell”. In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad. As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken. With The Farewell, writer/director Lulu Wang has created a heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, masterfully interweaving a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a richly moving story of how family can unite and strengthen us, often in spite of ourselves.

April 30: AAPI End of the Year Celebration, 6:30-7:30 pm, McBride: Join us for our annual AAPI End of Year Celebration.RSVP here. RSVP required.

April 30: APSA will also be featured at the Cultural Festival 5-8 pm