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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Home

About Our Curators

This guide, and the accompanying physical display in Bird Library, was curated by undergraduate student Leah Kim '26 (B.S. Candidate in Public Relations & International Relations) and Michelle Mitchell (Reference and Instruction Librarian). Michelle works in the Department of Learning and Academic Engagement in Bird Library and Leah is a student in the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs and the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications.

Special thanks to adjunct instructor R. J. Santander Malabanan in the Asian American Studies department for consulting on this guide and assisting in the development of the guide's themes.

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About the Display


Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is an annual celebration held in May. Syracuse University is celebrating AAPI Heritage Month throughout April. AAPI Heritage Month centers and acknowledges the rich contributions that the AAPI community has made to America’s history and culture. Originally begun in 1977 by Congress as “the first ten days in May,” AAPI Heritage Month has now expanded to the entirety of May in order commemorate the first Japanese arrival in the U.S. on May 7th, 1843, as well as the transcontinental railroad which was completed on May 10, 1869 and built mostly by Chinese immigrants. More information can be found on

This curation highlights the heritage and history of Asian American and Pacific Islanders, including Asian American experiences, mental health advocacy, feelings of invisibility, immigration, and identity.

Related Syracuse University Events

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Celebration Events

When: March 31 - April 30, 2023

AAPI Heritage Month Kickoff

When: March 31, 2023 at 4:00-6:30PM
Where: Schine Student Center, First Floor Atrium

Orange After Dark: AAPIHM Open Mic Night

When: April 1, 2023 at 9:00PM-Midnight
Where: Schine Student Center, Underground

International Festival

When: April 2, 2023 at 2:00-6:00PM
Where: Schine Student Center, Goldstein Auditorium

Lunchtime Lecture: Mithila Art at the SU Art Museum

When: April 5, 2023 at 12:15-1:00PM
Where: Syracuse University Art Museum

MGC Night Market

When: April 7, 2023 at 5:00-7:00PM
Where: Hall of Languages, 202

Holi 2023

When: April 8, 2023 at 1:00-5:00PM
Where: Women's Building

Orange After Dark: AAPIHM Grocery Bingo

When: April 13, 2023 at 8:00-10:00PM
Where: Huntington Beard Crouse Hall (HBC), Gifford Auditorium

Night at the Museum with Sigma Psi Zeta

When: April 14, 2023 at 5:00-7:30PM
Where: Shaffer Art Building, Art Museum

Orange After Dark: International Game Night

When: April 15, 2023 at 9:00-11:00PM
Where: Schine Student Center, 304ABC

ASIA Night

When: April 21, 2023 at 7:00-10:00PM
Where: The Underground

AAPI Heritage Month Ping-Pong Tournament

When: April 22, 2023 at 1:00-5:00PM
Where: Barnes Center at The Arch, Second Floor

aKDPhi AAPI Trivia Night

When: April 26, 2023 at 8:00-9:30PM
Where: Schine Student Center, 204AB