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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), Kevin Jiang '24 (M.F.A. candidate in Fiction), Yike Tang '24 (M.A. candidate in Marriage and Family Therapy; Chinese international student; she/her), and Duyen Pham '26 (M.F.A. candidate in Illustration; Vietnamese international student).

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

AAPI Heritage Month Information Fair
When: April 4, 2024 at 2:00-4:00pm
Where: Schine Student Center, Atrium

AAPI Heritage Month Kickoff
When: April 4, 2024 at 4:00-6:00pm
Where: Schine Student Center, Atrium

When: April 6, 2024 at 12:00-4:00pm
Where: Women's Building, Field (weather permitting)

When: April 7, 2024 at 7:00-11:00pm
Where: Schine Student Center, The Underground

AAPI Heritage Month Keynote Address
When: April 9, 2024 at 8:30-9:30pm
Where: Schine Student Center, Goldstein Auditorium

AAPI Banquet
When: April 12, 2024 at 7:00-9:30pm
Where: Skybarn

AAPI Pre-Law Day
When: April 16, 2024 at 6:00-7:30pm
Where: Dineen Hall, 362

AAPI Heritage Month: Paving the Way Alumni Speaker - Sandhya Bathija '03
When: April 17, 2024 at 12:00-2:00pm
Where: Schine Student Center, Schine 304AB

aKDPhi AAPI Trivia Night
When: April 17, 2024 at 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Hall of Languages, 500

When: April 19, 2024 at 7:00-10:00pm
Where: Schine Student Center, Goldstein Auditorium

AAPI Badminton Tournament
When: April 20, 2024 at 12:00-4:00pm
Where: Barnes Center at The Arch, Flanagan Gym

Orange After Dark: AAPI Heritage Month Grocery Bingo
When: April 20, 2024 at 9:00-11:00pm
Where: Schine Student Center, The Underground

AAPI x SAAM Jeopardy
When: April 22, 2024 at 7:00-9:00pm
Where: Hall of Languages, 114