AAPI Heritage Month

*The AAPI Heritage Month event page is currently under maintenance. Stay tuned for AAPI Heritage Month events!
2021 May 04

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Harvard Business School

Date: 

Tuesday, May 4, 2021 (All day)

Location: 

Non-Event

May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. In a year characterized by growing levels of anti-AAPI hate across the country, we wanted to stand in solidarity and celebrate the diversity, character, and strength of the AAPI community here at HBS.

The Asian-American Business Association (AABA), in collaboration with students and organizations across campus, is proud to share and honor the stories of our community members. We hope these stories showcase the history, richness, and diversity of the AAPI experience and inspire hope for a world of empathy, compassion, and courage.

Learn more here.

2021 May 05

Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian Harassment

Date: 

Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 4:30pm

Location: 

Virtual

In response to the rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment, the Anti-Racism Committee (ARC) of the Harvard Club of Southern California is welcoming as a guest speaker Emily May, Executive Director of Hollaback!. Emily will talk to us about proven strategies for bystander intervention when witnessing in person and physical harassment using Hollaback!’s 5D’s methodology (distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct) and then answer our questions.

Cost: No charge but registration is required to receive Zoom details

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2021 May 05

Culinasia: The Future of Asian Food in America

Date: 

Repeats every week every Wednesday until Wed Jun 23 2021 except Wed May 12 2021, Wed May 26 2021, Wed Jun 02 2021, Wed Jun 16 2021.
Wednesday, May 5, 2021, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Culinasia event flyer featuring black outline drawings of various Asian foods in front of a reddish-orange background.

May 5, May 19, Jun 9, Jun 23: 6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT 

CULINASIA is a dynamic, free series of virtual conversations that explore food legacies and the ways in which Asian Diaspora cuisine continues to change and enrich our lives. Join chefs, food writers, food entrepreneurs, home cooks, cookbook authors, and other participants whose heritage and experiences span the complex spectrum of Asian Diaspora identities in the United States as they discuss the successes, challenges, and the future of Asian food in America. 

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2021 May 06

Boston Asian American Film Festival

Date: 

Thursday, May 6, 2021 (All day) to Monday, May 10, 2021 (All day)

Location: 

Virtual

Boston Asian American Film Festival Flyer featuring the ArtsEmerson logo in white and an aqua blue square on the left with the event title in white inside it.

ArtsEmerson presents Projecting Connections: Chinese American Experiences. Using film as a lens to reflect on the vast lived experiences of the Chinese in the Greater Boston Area, this special series will feature monthly films and post-show curated discussions designed to build and foster meaningful community conversation. 

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2021 May 06

From Disinformation to Radicalization: A Detailed Look at the Impact on AAPI and Latinx Communities

Date: 

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 4:00pm to 5:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Join us for a panel focusing on how members of the Latinx and AAPI communities have accessed, reacted to, and forged new identities because of disinformation campaigns, as well as the impacts on radicalization and what is being done about it.

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2021 May 06

Jim Lee and Asian American Superheroes

Date: 

Thursday, May 6, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Jim Lee and Asian American Superheroes flyer featuring black-white photo speaker.

For Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, an event that celebrates the life work of DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee. He will appear in conversation with illustrator Bernard Chang (“Generations Forged”) and writers Sarah Kuhn (“Shadow of the Batgirl”) and Minh Lê (“Green Lantern: Legacy”). Moderated by former National Ambassador for Young People's Literature Gene Luen Yang (“Superman Smashes the Klan”).

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2021 May 13

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Event

Date: 

Thursday, May 13, 2021, 6:00pm to 7:15pm

Location: 

Virtual

GHB AAPI Heritage Month Poster in black with white and orange text, featuring gold colored waves on the left and right borders.

GBH’s community event is a forum focused on the rising violence against Asian Americans. Over the past year, incidents of hate crimes against Asian Americans have been rising at an alarming rate. Our panel of experts will participate in a roundtable discussion exploring the history of racism faced by Asian Americans, sharing current statistics on anti-Asian hate crimes and defining what constitutes a hate crime. Experts will provide resources for local communities including how to report anti-Asian hate crimes and how to obtain emotional support. During the event, we will explore steps that individuals can take to become allies and advocates in support of local Asian American populations to combat racism. 

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2021 May 14

The Undertold Stories of the Asian American Movement for Liberation

Date: 

Friday, May 14, 2021, 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Four square panels featuring people read as "Asian" participating in activism related activities.

The Undertold Stories of the Asian American Movement for Liberation. Please join this panel of experts as we discuss anti-Asian racism across US History, share undertold stories of Asian American activism, and consider the next steps that we need to take in order to create a more equitable and just future. 

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2021 May 19

Culinasia: The Future of Asian Food in America

Date: 

Wednesday, May 19, 2021, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Culinasia event flyer featuring black outline drawings of various Asian foods in front of a reddish-orange background.

May 5, May 19, Jun 9, Jun 23: 6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT 

CULINASIA is a dynamic, free series of virtual conversations that explore food legacies and the ways in which Asian Diaspora cuisine continues to change and enrich our lives. Join chefs, food writers, food entrepreneurs, home cooks, cookbook authors, and other participants whose heritage and experiences span the complex spectrum of Asian Diaspora identities in the United States as they discuss the successes, challenges, and the future of Asian food in America. 

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2021 May 20

Buddhism and Race Speaker Series: Chenxing Han

Date: 

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: 

Virtual

Buddhism and Race Speaker Series flyer featuring an image of Chenxing Han surrounded by small red flowers on a light pink-red backdrop.

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, "Reimagine: A New Generation of Asian American Buddhists" will feature author Chenxing Han in conversation with anthropologist Nalika Gajaweera. They will discuss Chenxing's recently published Be the Refuge: Raising the Voices of Asian American Buddhists (North Atlantic Books, 2021), the first book to center Asian American Buddhists as a pan-ethnic, pan-sectarian group. Be the Refuge counters the erasure of this complex and diverse group by resisting essentialized tropes (Oriental monk, superstitious immigrant, banana Buddhist) and reimagining Asian American Buddhists as trailblazers, bridge-builders, integrators, and refuge-makers. What can we learn from American Buddhism’s invisible majority? How can we grapple with the intersections and contradictions within the category of “Asian American Buddhist”? In what ways does centering karma, rebirth, and ritual reorient our understandings of American Buddhism? Where can we find belonging and connection in the midst of all these perplexities? Join us for this exploration of identity, language, lineage, generosity, affinity, and more. We look forward to your questions and insights during the audience Q&A portion of the program!

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2021 May 20

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Reflections from the Bench

Date: 

Thursday, May 20, 2021, 8:00pm to 9:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May, the Harvard Law School APALSA Alumni are hosting a virtual event: Reflections from the Bench, featuring three distinguished HLS alums:  US District Judge (Maryland) Theodore Chuang JD ’94, US District Judge (California) Judge Lucy Koh JD ’93, and Superior Court Judge (Los Angeles) Elaine Lu JD ’94.  The conversation will be moderated by Ashok Ramani ’98, currently a partner at Davis Polk & Wardwell and the head of its IP Litigation Practice. Please join us on Thursday, May 20 (5 pm PT; 8pm ET).  Feel free to submit questions ahead of time when registering.  Current HLS students and alumni are welcome.

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2021 May 21

Community Space Coffee Chat - Asian/Asian American

Date: 

Friday, May 21, 2021, 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Zoom

Back by popular demand, the community spaces for affinity groups will be open weekly and offered through May. These coffee chat sessions will feature open agendas and create space for flexible conversation and community. This space is for all members of the Harvard community, including students, staff, faculty, postdocs, research fellows, and academic personnel, who identify as a part of the Asian/Asian American community. To learn more about the Coffee Chat series, please visit this page.

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2021 May 22

Chinese Brush Painting for Adults: White Wisteria

Date: 

Saturday, May 22, 2021, 2:00pm to 3:30pm

Location: 

Virtual

Asian art piece featuring a branch with white flowers hanging down, some flowers falling towards the ground.

Take a Saturday afternoon to relax, create, and meditate with Chinese brush painting. The White Wisteria or 银腾花 are beautiful white blooms that cascade from vining stems and emit a sweet scent reminiscent of lavender and honey. Develop your brush skills by outlining wisteria in this workshop. 

Classes taught in Mandarin, English-friendly

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2021 May 24

Combatting Anti-Asian Racism and Misogyny: What is our Local Community Doing?

Date: 

Monday, May 24, 2021, 9:30am to 10:30am

Location: 

Virtual

This public discussion will highlight key challenges of racism, misogyny and other discrimination faced by our Asian and Asian-American community, the responses of local organizations who have long sought to address such challenges, and what more needs to be done in our own communities. Speakers represent perspectives from the Harvard Kennedy School’s staff, faculty, and student groups, as well as leading local non-profits.

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2021 May 24

Being Asian in America: Perennial Other

Date: 

Monday, May 24, 2021, 11:30am to 1:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Event speaker images shaped in three connected circles.

Join us, the Association of Harvard Asian and Asian American Faculty and Staff in a discussion on the examination of the roots of anti-Asian racism in America and ongoing efforts towards a pan-Asian and intersectional approach to social justice for all. 

Our special guests are Josephine Kim, Lecturer on Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and Andrew Leong, JD, Associate Professor of Philosophy, College of Liberal Arts, University of Massachusetts Boston. Jesal Patel, '21 Harvard Graduate School of Education, Higher Education Program will moderate. 

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2021 May 26

Tea and Conversation - Yamanaka & Company: An Asian American Story

Date: 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 12:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Two old-style photographs stacked one on top of the other; the top photo depicts an Asian family dressed nicely and sitting down on the grass, the bottom photo highlights a storefront that reads "Yamanaka & CO. INC."

Join researcher Najiba Choudhury and filmmaker Mika Yatsuhashi as they discuss the legacy of Yamanaka & Company, founded by Japanese American art dealers who endured discrimination and forced sales of their property during World War II. Yamanaka & Company was one of the most well-known art dealers selling Asian art to Western buyers in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. 

This conversation features a screening of Yatsuhashi’s short film An Uninterrupted View of the Sea, which includes material from the Freer and Sackler and from the director’s own family archives. The film also streams from May 26–31. 

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2021 May 26

Jeremy Lin Named Class Day Speaker

Date: 

Wednesday, May 26, 2021, 2:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Jeremy Lin wearing a blue-black suit, crossing his arms and smiling.

Hoop-la, Jeremy Lin named Class Day speaker. A globally known, pioneering athlete whose explosive rise to fame and inspirational achievement on the basketball court brought greater visibility to Asian Americans in professional sports, Jeremy Lin’10 is also a philanthropist and activist. He has stepped up to help those affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, and become a dynamic advocate in the fight for inclusion and against anti-Asian racism. And on May 26, he will address Harvard’s graduating seniors as part of the annual Class Day celebration. 

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2021 Jun 01

Art of Confrontation Workshop

Date: 

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 (All day)

Location: 

Virtual

LEAP organization logo half in yellow letters and half in white and light green. Below the logo reads, "Upcap Talent".

The Association of Harvard Asian and Asian American Faculty and Staff is excited to partner with Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics (LEAP) for a second time, to host a professional development opportunity in June!  

Art of Confrontation. Have you ever had to confront others for bad behavior, or missed expectations? These conversations can become emotionally charged and end up damaging a relationship, with no guarantee of actually solving the problem. In this workshop, learn how to deal with these scenarios in a way that gets results, strengthens your relationships, and establishes you as a leader.  

*Note: This event will be happening sometime in June 2021

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2021 Jun 09

Culinasia: The Future of Asian Food in America

Date: 

Wednesday, June 9, 2021, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Culinasia event flyer featuring black outline drawings of various Asian foods in front of a reddish-orange background.

May 5, May 19, Jun 9, Jun 23: 6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT 

CULINASIA is a dynamic, free series of virtual conversations that explore food legacies and the ways in which Asian Diaspora cuisine continues to change and enrich our lives. Join chefs, food writers, food entrepreneurs, home cooks, cookbook authors, and other participants whose heritage and experiences span the complex spectrum of Asian Diaspora identities in the United States as they discuss the successes, challenges, and the future of Asian food in America. 

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2021 Jun 23

Culinasia: The Future of Asian Food in America

Date: 

Wednesday, June 23, 2021, 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Location: 

Virtual

Culinasia event flyer featuring black outline drawings of various Asian foods in front of a reddish-orange background.

May 5, May 19, Jun 9, Jun 23: 6:30pm - 8:00pm EDT 

CULINASIA is a dynamic, free series of virtual conversations that explore food legacies and the ways in which Asian Diaspora cuisine continues to change and enrich our lives. Join chefs, food writers, food entrepreneurs, home cooks, cookbook authors, and other participants whose heritage and experiences span the complex spectrum of Asian Diaspora identities in the United States as they discuss the successes, challenges, and the future of Asian food in America. 

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