APIDA Heritage Month

A dancing performance during JubilAsian

During Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (May), the Northwestern community acknowledges this nationally recognized month throughout the spring quarter. Programming for Heritage Month, which actually spans from April through early June, includes cultural shows, films, speakers, presentations, discussions and social gatherings. For the Asian/Asian American community at Northwestern, this part of the year is a time to celebrate culture, tradition, and talent.

2017 Calendar of Events

Sunday, April 30th I JubilAsian

Norris Louis Room
5 -7 PM

MSA's kick-off event for May's APIDA Heritage Month. Featuring dinner, student performances, and keynote speaker Tuyet Le, Executive Director of Asian Americans Advancing Justice - Chicago.

Sponsored by MSA, OIDI, and the VP of Student Affairs

Sunday, April 30th | TASC & Pi Alpha Phi Spring Speaker - Arden Cho

TASC & Pi Alpha Phi Spring Speaker - Arden Cho

Harris 107
7 - 8 PM

Arden Cho has gained prominence in the Asian American community following her role in shows like Teen Wolf, her collaborations with YouTubers like Wong Fu Productions, and the release of her EP, My True Happy. Come to this free event to hear her speak about her experiences!

Sponsored by TASC & Pi Alpha Phi

Thursday, May 4th I Sounds of Resistance: Asian American Artists in Action

Sounds of Resistance: Asian American Artists in Action

Great Room, 600 Haven Street
6:30 - 8 PM

Performance and panel discussion featuring Tatsu Aoki's Reduction Quartet and Elephant Rebellion.

Sponsored by MSA

Saturday, May 6th I Memories of War Conference

Segal Visitor's Center
10 AM - 4 PM

Panels with Scholars, community leaders, and oral history narrators.

Sunday, May 7th I APAC Spring Speaker: Rad Asian Girls

APAC Spring Speaker: Rad Asian Girls

Block Museum
1 PM Workshop
2 PM Panel

Join Asian Pacific American Coalition for a workshop with Olivia Park of Sad Asian Girls followed by a panel discussion about using art and media as an outlet for political and social activism featuring Park, Jessica Nguyen of Project Voice, and artist and writer Larissa Pham.

Sponsored by APAC

Wednesday, May 10th I CSA Spring Speaker: Calvin Sun

2122 Performance Hall

The Chinese Students Association at Northwestern University presents Calvin D. Sun, MD to discuss the various challenges and differences within the Asian American college experience. Drawing from his personal experience, Calvin D. Sun will explain how his ethnic identity created traumas, gifts, and habits, how he discovered the importance of intersectionality and activism, and finally, how he learned to accept his journey and love himself. Through this discussion, we hope to start a broader narrative at Northwestern about what it means to be Asian American and how one can come to embrace and understand their ethnic identity. The event will include an hour and a half speaking time and a half hour Q&A session.

Sponsored by CSA

Friday, May 12th I KASA Show

7:30 PM - 10 PM
Ryan Auditorium

Mark your calendars for May 12, 7:30 p.m. at Ryan Auditorium for a night of performances from Northwestern students — including KASA Singers, KASA Presents, Taekwondo — as well as acts from external cultural groups and this year's headliners, which include dancer SORAH YANG!

TICKETS ARE NOW LIVE AT: http://nbo.universitytickets.com/

Sponsored by KASA

Saturday, May 13th I Pinoy Show 2017: Kai School Musical

Pinoy Show 2017: Kai School Musical

Ryan Auditorium
7 PM

Kaibigan, NU's Filipino student association, invites you to its annual showcase — Pinoy Show 2017: Kai School Musical. It's just $5 for cultural dance performances, songs, skits, and delicious Filipino food after the show. See you then!

Sponsored by Kaibigan

Saturday, May 13 I Thai Night 2017: Full Moon Party

6 PM - 9 PM
Parkes Hall

Every year, ThaiSA seeks to recreate an aspect of Thailand's culture and bring you a taste of what it is like to be ~Thai~. The theme this year is Thailand's famous Full Moon Party, which is a main tourist attraction, and which draws thousands of foreigners to Thailand. That said, you can be sure that Thai Night will be a night full of fun and laughter.

Sponsored by Thai Club

Saturday, May 13 I Huaka'i: A Hawaiian Journey - NU Hawai'i Club's 31st Annual Luau

Parkes 122
6 - 8 PM

Come celebrate Polynesian culture with NU Hawai'i Club and NU Ukulele Club! There will be dance and music performances as well as a buffet of homecooked Hawaiian food (vegetarian and gluten-free options available).

Sponsored by NU Hawai'i Club

Sunday, May 14th I Holi

Deering Meadow
12 - 2 PM

"Holi or the ""Festival of Colors"" is the celebration of the defeat of the demon, Holika. All around the world, people celebrate Holi by throwing colored powder on one another to represent protection from evil. Come celebrate the festival of color with Northwestern SASA, IBC, IGSSA, and NUPF on Sunday May 14th at Deering Meadow!

Enjoy music, colors, and samosas. The best part? It's free!

Please wear white shirts and/or clothes that you do not mind getting dirty, even though the powder should wash out of your clothes!"

Sponsored by SASA

Sunday, May 14th IBunkasaiBlack House, 1st Floor Conference Room

Parkes 122
4- 7 PM

Bunkasai is an annual cultural festival in Japan where people come together to celebrate and learn. There wil be musical and dance performances from Awa Odori, Taiko, and JClub Band, a performance from NU Karate, and activites booths ranging from folding origami to making shaved ice.

Sponsored by Japan Club

Monday, May 15th I Solidari-Tea

Black House, 1st Floor Conference Room
2 - 3 PM

Sponsored by MSA

Tuesday, May 16th I Being Asian in Trump's America

Fisk 217
6 - 7:30 PM

A panel discussion on APIDA identity, community, and activism in the current political climate, featuring Northwestern faculty, staff, and students. Click here for more information.

Sponsored by MSA and AASP

Thursday, May 18th I Solidari-Tea

Black House, 1st Floor Conference Room
2 - 3 PM

Sponsored by MSA

Thursday, May 18th I Role Models and Gender Roles

Parkes 223
5 - 7 PM

A discussion on gender identity in the APIDA community and its portrayal in the media. Click here for more information.

Sponsored by MSA

Friday May 19th I HIV Testing

Black House, 1st Floor Conference Room
11 AM - 3 PM

Asian Human Services of Chicago will be offering FREE HIV testing and counseling.

Sponsored by MSA

Friday May 19th I Deeva Dance Troupe Spring Show

McCormick Auditorium
8 - 9:30 PM

Deeva Dance Troupe invites you to its annual Spring Show! Come watch a showcase of dances ranging from Bollywood to ballet and hip hop, featuring guest performers. We will also perform our piece "Cyberbu//y" from this year's Bollywood fusion competition season one last time. We hope to see you there!

Deeva Dance Troupe

Friday May 19th I Typhoon Spring Show

Ryan Auditorium

Sponsored by Typhoon

Thursday, May 25th I Relationship Violence and Stalking in Pan-Asian Communities

Kresge 2425
6:30 - 8:30 PM

What is relationship violence and stalking? What does it look like? How do cultural and gender norms impact our relationships? What can I do to help? Join CARE and MSA for a discussion about relationship violence and stalking, your boundaries and expectations in relationships, and how gender and cultural dynamics impact our relationships. Dinner provided!

Sponsored by MSA & CARE

Thursday, May 25th and Friday, May 26th I Brown Sugar: Spring Show


Sponsored by Brown Sugar

Thursday, May 25th to Saturday, May 27th I Tears at the Margins

2122 Performance Hall
8 PM Thursday, Friday & Saturday

Tears at the Margins is an original theatre piece based on the lived experiences of the people who work, live, and play in Oakland’s Chinatown. Historically, the San Francisco Bay Area has been a site of Asian American “resistance” (such as the Third World Liberation Front at SF State, the Black Panthers, etc) – however, since the dot-com bubble and the establishment of Silicon Valley, the face of resistance is arguably shifting to the face of a “model minority”. Tears at the Margins reflects the realities of Asian American identities, communities, and spaces that are multi-faceted, dynamic, complicated, and at times, contradictory.

Tuesday, May 30 I Hidden Histories

Harris Hall 107
6:30 - 8:30 PM

Four short films on Executive Order 9066 and the Japanese American incarceration.

Sponsored by MSA, AASP, & JACL Chicago