Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month (held from Mar. 15 – Apr. 15 at NC State) celebrates the collective accomplishments, stories and experiences of those from Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi heritage. Additionally, we pay tribute to the generations of folks who have had an impact on American society, history and culture.
“Asian Pacific Islander Desi American” is an inclusive term to describe the Asian American community that’s comprised of individuals of East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Central Asian and Pacific Island backgrounds who represent over forty countries and hundreds of languages.
Although National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated in May, our APIDA heritage celebration is between the months of March and April because the academic semester does not extend through all of May, and we want to give our community four full weeks of events. The importance of May is that it commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843 and marks the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.