First conceived and introduced into Congress in the late 1970s, what we know today as Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (APIHM) began as a week to be celebrated in the first 10 days as “Asian Pacific Heritage Week”. In 1991, the week was expanded upon, and May was officially designated as “Asian Pacific American Heritage Month”. Traditionally honored in May to commemorate the migration of the first immigrants from Japan, Elon celebrates APIHM in April.

To learn more about API Heritage Month 2024, view our event calendar below! Refer back to this page later as it updates with more event details and our annual API month zine.


Communi-Tea Time: Every Thursday in April

Join us every Thursday in the CREDE from 11am – 1pm to meet new students, faculty, and staff over Asian teas and snacks! We will be bringing different snacks and teas each week of April.

Asian Film Series: Various Movie Screenings

The Asian Studies department will be hosting two film screenings throughout the month of April. All film screenings will take place at 6:30pm in the Global Media Room. Please contact Director of the Asian Studies program Binnan Gao at for more information.

The films be screened are:

4.2.24: Aloners – A young woman who becomes increasingly isolated had a new perception of human connection after her unexpected interactions with her neighbors.

4.16.24: Small Enough to Jail – Abacus, a small family-owned bank in New York City’s Chinatown and the only bank that was brought criminal charges after the 2008 financial crisis, fought against accusations of mortgage fraud. The film explores themes of justice, community, and the immigrant experience in America.

4.3.24: API Heritage Month Kickoff

Join us on Medallion Plaza from 5:30 – 7:00pm as we kick off our celebration of API month! We will be featuring various foods from different regions of Asia. There will also be activities hosted by community organizations & campus departments, as well as local businesses visiting. In addition, there will be a chance to win prizes by participating in the kickoff’s activities!

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4.4.24: An Evening of Bharatanatyam featuring Malini Srinivasan

Time: 6pm – 7:30pm

Location: McKinnon Hall

As a critically-acclaimed soloist and choreographer, Malini Srinivasan has presented solo Bharatanatyam performances to audiences in the U.S., India, and Europe. She bridges the gap between traditional and modern worlds through her creative work, showcasing the rich heritage of Bharatanatyam while infusing it with contemporary elements.

4.5.24: Qingming Festival

Location: Moseley Kitchen

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Qingming is a traditional Chinese holiday that honors the dead and one’s ancestors. Join the Chinese Club in Moseley Kitchen for a food workshop making spring rolls!

4.5.24: Holi Celebration

Join the Truitt Center for its annual celebration of Holi. Holi, the Hindu Festival of Color, is observed in early March on the day following the full moon.  It is a celebration that glorifies abundant harvest and the fertility of the land. The Elon community gathers at Speaker’s Corner to throw colored powder on one another to celebrate the earth returning to color and life and good triumphing over evil. If you plan to throw color, please wear old clothing that can get dirtied by paint. There will also be crafts, food, and other ways to celebrate the holiday.

This year’s celebration of Holi will start at 4pm in the Speaker’s Corner and will feature performances from Surtal.

4.8.24: Food For Thought - India

Join us for a Food For Thought featuring Indian/South Asian Cultures and food from Taaza! Food For Thought is a monthly program hosted by the CREDE to bring together the API community at Elon. Each month, a different culture and community is featured, with students from said community sharing about their culture and experiences. This month’s Food For Thought will be hosted in collaboration with Elon’s chapter of Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc.

This event will take place in the CREDE from 5:30 – 7:00pm in the CREDE (Moseley 221).

4.11.24: Rainbow Boba

Time: 4pm – 6pm

Location: CREDE (Moseley 221)

Descrption: Hosted by APSA and GLC, Rainbow Boba was created to form a space for gathering and discussion on topics related to the intersections of the LGBTQIA+ and API communities. Also, of course, a rainbow of colorful drinks and boba will be provided!

4.15.24: Pacific Islanders & Environmental Justice

The CREDE will be hosting an event with the Office of Sustainability to open the conversation around actions of environmental justice within Pacific Islander communities. The event will begin at 5:30 on April 15th in the CREDE (Moseley 221). Food will be provided.

4.16.24: APSA's Ramen Across Asia

Celebrate the cultures within the API community by trying ramen from different countries across Asia! This event will take place from 5:45 – 7:00pm in Moseley Kitchen.

4.18.24: Kiai Arts Collection

Explore a breathtaking collection of priceless art at Elon University from diverse regions, each piece a masterpiece telling its own story. Join us in an unforgettable journey through time and culture, showcasing the beauty and diversity of our world’s artistic heritage.

The event will be taking place in Danieley Commons in room 117 from 5 – 7pm.

4.23.24: Paint Your Identity

Time: 5:30pm – 7:00pm

Location: CREDE (Moseley 221)

Description: Join us in expressing your identity through painting and arts. Chance to embrace your identity and meet others in this safe, welcoming space. Food and drink will be provided.

4.26.24: Chinese Club Game Night

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: CREDE

Description: Chinese Club’s game night is a chance to learn new games that you might have not played before or revisit your favorites. Games will include mahjong, go, and more. Free snacks will be provided.

4.27.24: PAVE AAPI Film Fest

Time: 12-2pm

Location: Greensboro History Museum, 130 Summit Ave., Greensboro

Description: A film festival featuring six local AAPI filmmakers, free of cost to attend! A panel discussion will follow after the film showing. This is an off-campus event hosted by a non-Elon affiliate (PAVE NC).

Howard Affandi was born and raised in Jakarta, Indonesia. He’s currently a sophomore undergraduate student at UNCSA School of Filmmaking, focusing in producing.

Paul Byun is a Korean American filmmaker and commercial video producer based in Greensboro, N.C. His portfolio includes video projects for commercial clients, nonprofit organizations and artists. Paul’s passion projects include his travels across the world.

Sachi Dely is an artist, filmmaker and actor based in Greensboro, North Carolina. Sachi came to the United States as a refugee from Vietnam in 2002. Her childhood experience and Montagnard Bunong culture are the foundation of her work.

Stefan Kei DiMuzio was born and raised in Tokyo, and traveled to N.C. every summer break with his family. He eventually moved to Greensboro to study film, which led to a career in project management, music, and photography.

Richie Iden is an editor and filmmaker currently attending UNCSA. Richie was adopted from Seoul, South Korea at 6-months-old and has lived in West Virginia ever since. Richie wishes to connect with other adoptees through films and shared experiences through culture.

Minh Ngo hails from Hanoi, Vietnam, where he was born and raised for 15 years before moving to Hawaii for high school, then England for his first year of college. He’s wanted to be a filmmaker since he was 5. Now a student at UNCSA, Minh feels infinitely grateful to be given an opportunity to realize his dream.

5.7.24: Chinese Club Study Session

Join the Chinese Club members and others for study time before finals. We will also have snacks! This will be a time for quiet and a relaxed space for work! This event will take place from 7pm – 9pm.

More details TBD.

API Month Archive

API Heritage Month 2023

The theme for 2023’s APIHM was “unity and community”.

With the Black Power & Civil Rights movements, the 1960s marked an inflection point for Asian communities in the US: the birth of the Asian American movement. Students from UC-Berkeley are said to be the first to utilize the term “Asian American” and did so to create a rallying point for Asian diaspora in the US.

Since then, the Asian American movement has continued to evolve, and the continued use of the term “Asian American” can be thought of as a legacy from previous Asian American activists who endured to create a better and more just society. This year’s APIHM will honor this part of Asian American history and identity.

To view past events, click here.