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. Nationally celebrated in May, 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.
AAPI Heritage Month
This year’s theme is Belonging. According to Sanjay Joshi, “the notion of ‘belonging’ lies at the heart of all communities, real and imagined – whether they be those of birth, blood, proximity, or of choice.” What does belonging mean to you? How does your concept of belonging impact other communities? We invite you to reflect on these questions and join us in celebrating AAPI heritage month.