Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

What is APAHM?

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) is a celebration of the culture and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Although APAHM is officially celebrated in the month of May, we celebrate APAHM here on Vanderbilt’s campus in the fall semester from October to early November.

This year's theme: Snapshot

This year's theme was Snapshot. When recollecting experiences, we oftentimes look back on our photos, the snapshots of who we were and what we were doing in the past. Extending this idea to our theme for APAHM, we wanted AASA members to reflect on who they are and think about their identities and values in the now, not merely as things of the past.


Events Calendar

Take a look at some of our events!

Welcome to AASA’s Night Market, this year's inaugural GBM to kick off Vanderbilt's Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! This year, we are featuring over fifteen cultural organizations as they show off their local delicacies, games, dances, and more! We'll be revealing APAHM's theme this year as well as all other programming happening this APAHM!
Join AASA in kicking off APAHM 2018 with our first event: Proud to Be! We're all different people from different places, and at this time in our lives, we all have something we're proud of about ourselves. Stop by Rand Wall from 11am-2pm from September 26-28 to share the story of what you're proud to be.
The Color Yellow is a discussion-based event covering the political atmosphere as it relates to race, especially concerning Asian and Asian Americans. We will be discussing political efficacy as well as the importance of both representation and voting. We are excited to collaborate with the Asian Pacific American Law Student Association (APALSA), where we will trace our steps in history to examine how Asians and Asian Americans have been cast in American history. With this understanding, we will transition to modern day issues, such as political representation, voting efficacy, and other important issues (e.g. dispelling the model minority myth and affirmative action). We will also cover voting registration and absentee voting!
Mimi Khúc, PhD, is a writer, scholar, and teacher of things unwell. Her research interests include race and mental health, queer of color feminist critique, religion and magic, and Asian American motherhood. She is an adjunct professor of Asian American studies, American studies, religious studies, and women+gender studies, and the managing editor of The Asian American Literary Review, a DC-based arts nonprofit. On October 7th, AASA and the Center for Student Wellbeing will be hosting 2 mental health workshops
Join AASA and SACE for our annual homecoming tailgate! We will be serving breakfast foods, including sausage biscuits, bagels, fruit, and more! Come celebrate the SAASA love! Vegetarian options will be available.
Join AASA and Hidden Stages in Love Through The Lens: A panel on interracial dating amongst Asian American Pacific Islanders in the media and in real life. We will be asking the panel questions on not only their own experiences with dating and interracial relationships, but also about their opinions on how interracial dating has been depicted in recent blockbuster hits such as Crazy Rich Asians and To All The Boys I've Loved Before. There will also be time for a discussion afterwards!
They say the way to the heart is through the stomach, so let AASA work its way to your heart through Taste of Asia, our annual celebration of food. Bond with the AASA family and meet new people while learning about and eating a buffet of traditional Asian dishes from over a dozen countries.