Dear Friends of the ACC:
We hope you and your loved-ones are safe and comfortable. While COVID-19 pandemic has caused a massive disruption in our daily lives, we are going to do our best to prevent the virus from interrupting our mission – to inform, educate, and advocate for you and the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. As part of IU’s tradition of honoring the history, culture, and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) as well as recognizing the issues affecting the AAPI community and in the diaspora, we would like to invite you to join us virtually by participating in our 2020 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month programs.
Thank you and we look forward to connecting with you.
Please consider supporting AAPI Heritage Month by hosting an educational program that promotes a dialogue about the theme and the rich cultural traditions of Asian Americans and immigrants in the United States. Potential activities could include a panel and/or group discussion, photo or art exhibit, film screening, storytelling, lectures, and/or cultural performances from your organization or from student groups you work with. We will be advertising all our events through website, social media, and a printed events calendar. You may submit your event anytime, however, if you would like your activity to be included in the printed calendar and press release, please submit your event by March 4, 2020. Events received after this date will still be included in our AAPIHM 2020 website.
This year’s theme is “Remembering our Beginnings: Stories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders” where we hope to highlight and reflect on AAPI history and experiences.
We look forward to including your event in the 2020 Asian and Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM) is a month-long celebration which recognizes the contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islanders. In 1977, congressional lawmakers proposed bills for the creation of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. After passing a law for a 7-day commemoration in 1978, Congress passed Public Law 102-450 in 1992 which annually designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. While celebrated in May in our nation, AAPIHM is celebrated in April at Indiana University to allow the entire campus and community to take part in the activities before the semester ends.
“The Asian Culture Center is the heartbeat of the Asian/Asian American/Pacific Islander Community here at IUB. Partnering with the ACC on various events and activities has energized Asian American Studies by drawing new audiences and extending our impact throughout the campus into Bloomington and beyond. We are so grateful for the synergy and dynamism of the ACC!”
Ellen Wu: Associate Professor, Department of History Director