Due to the negative connotation related to the word “Desi,” we will now use “Asian Pacific Islander South Asian American Heritage Month” 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.
Asian Pacific Islander South Asian American Heritage Month celebrates the rich history, culture, and contributions of the APISAA community. Here at NC State, APISAA Heritage Month is held from March 15th – April 15th in order to ensure celebration with our community before the end of the academic school year. This year’s celebration is themed “Unity Within Diversity” in tandem with EKTAA’s motto.
You can check out some of the already scheduled events on the calendar below.
If your organization is hosting events for Asian Pacific Islander South Asian American Heritage Month and would like to be included in our 2023 calendar, please fill out the form here.
Thank you to the APISAA Student organizations for lending their time and voices in the planning and framing of this year’s celebration.
Take Part in Asian Pacific Islander South Asian American Heritage Month – University Communications
“If you have come here to help me, you are wasting your time. But if you have come because your liberation is bound up with mine, then let us work together.”- Lilla Watson
In celebration of the campus-wide celebration of Asian Pacific Islander South Asian American (APISAA) Heritage Month, the Libraries presents the Immersive Asian & Asian American Historical Timeline, developed by Victor Betts, Student Success Librarian for Special Collections at NC State University Libraries. This exhibit highlights the history, stories, and accomplishments of Asian and Asian Americans on campus, as well as, their contributions to NC State University that are often unknown or invisible to the greater campus community. You can view the historical state timeline online along with timelines of other university related topics.
The exhibit will be open to the public every Monday and Thursday, 12-5pm. The last exhibit date will be Thursday, April 13, 2023.