Next week marks the start of the official Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The University of Chicago’s Asian American Heritage Celebration started mid-April and will continue through the month of May.
See below for one of the three Asian American Heritage Celebration calendars.
May was chosen as the national Asian Pacific American Heritage Month because May mark two important anniversaries: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7th (1843), and the completion of the transcontinental railroad, worked on by many Chinese laborers on May 10th (1969). Congress have recognized celebrations of Asian Pacific American Heritage since 1977!
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated in many different ways! The Library of Congress, National Gallery of Art, and Smithsonian Museum put on special exhibitions in honor of APAHM. Many people attend these exhibitions or other formal celebrations, and many others celebrate independently of official APAHM events. The Federal Asian Pacific American Council chooses a theme each year for APAHM. This year’s theme is “Lighting the Past, Present and Future.”
In the month of May, the OMSA blog will feature notable Asian Americans and will highlight events at the University of Chicago and the Chicagoland area.
This Thursday, April 29, at 8pm, Def Poetry Jam Artist Kelly Zen-Yie Tsai will be performing in 5710's Community Lounge!
This event is co-sponsored by SPIN and SASA and is part of our Asian American Heritage Celebration. Following Tsai's performance, SASA will be hosting a Bhangra Party! You will not want to miss this night of Words and Rhythms.
8:00pm, Thursday, April 29
Community Lounge, 5710 S. Woodlawn
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