Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month

The office of Asian Pacific Islander Desi Affairs celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month (APIDAHM) in the spring. This month was designated to commemorate the first Japanese immigration to the United States on May 7th, 1853. It also honors the Chinese immigrants who worked to complete the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. For the past two years, we have celebrated the occasion with an event at the Hippodrome, located in downtown Gainesville, to showcase the rich and diverse Asian American cultures within the greater Gainesville community through music, performance, and food from local businesses. Please check our calendar for a specific time and date for this event.

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month 2019

In efforts to promote visibility of current issues in the Asian Pacific Islander Desi community, the APIDAHM theme for 2020 is the Indonesian concept of Mudik, where people return to their hometown during or before major holidays, specifically for Lebaran. As a Gator Nation, no matter where you go, we hope and believe that you call the University of Florida home and will join us again in your life’s journey.

The Asian Pacific Islander Desi Affairs at the University of Florida observes APIDAHM in April, observed nationally in May. To begin the process of understanding and dismantling our collective struggles and challenges, we can showcase the power of building a community that embraces inexplicable connections.

We thank you for your patience as we move our efforts of community building onto an online template and ask your grace through this process. Give us feedback on your heritage month experience here.

2020 The Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month Calendar of Events:

Thursday, April 2, 2020
Netflix Party with APIDA
“Street Foods of Asia”
12:00PM EST
Join the fun with Asian Pacific Islander Desi Affairs Team as we watch and debrief Netflix’s “Street Food of Asia” series.

Link provided at 11:30AM day of event

LINK : https://www.netflix.com/watch/80988024?npSessionId=d44ddf6878057e17&npServerId=s147

Instructions for Netflix Party:
– Must use Google Chrome
– Download the Netflix Party extension
– Click the link above
– Enjoy!

Monday, April 6, 2020
Show Us How You Quarantine
Facebook @ufapia | Instagram @ufapida
Tag and share with us how creative you have been with your self-quarantine process on Instagram [@ufapida]! We can’t wait to see and hear how you all are doing.

Monday, April 6, 2020
Selfcare thru Skincare
12:00PM EST | Instagram @ufapida
Don’t let this time of quarantine dry out your skin! We are ready to share some helful skincare strategies through Instagram [@ufapida] live!

Wednesday, April 8, 2020
Brewing the Tea 101
12-1PM EST | Instagram @ufapida
Did you join us for our office’s 10th Anniversary Celebration or just curious on how to brew tea? Join us on Instagram [@ufapida] live for a crash course on brewing tea!

Thursday, April 9, 2020
How to Make Homemade Boba
12-1PM EST | Instagram @ufapida
After joining us on your journey to become a master tea brewer, the next step is to make bubble tea in the comfort of your living space! We’ll post a video on how to make tapioca balls and milk tea on Instagram [@ufapida]. Tag us your creations after!

Friday, April 10, 2018
Virtual Office Hours w/Jack
12-2PM | Zoom
Our Director of the Asian Pacific Islander American Affairs will be hosting a virtual office hour to check in with all Gators! Drop by to say hello!

Zoom Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/536256161


Tuesday, April 14, 2020

Journey to MedSchool
12-1PM | Zoom
Excited, concerned, or just plain nervous on the medical school process? Have no fear, Elaine is here! Our Graduate Assistant will share her experience and give feedback on her journey into medschool.

Zoom Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/536256161

Thursday, April 16, 2020
Virtual Lounge & Chill
Xenophobia: Addressing an Effect of COVID-19
Featuring The Brown Center for Leadership & Service
3-5PM | Zoom
Student Activities and Involvement is partnering with Multicultural and Diversity Affairs to host a workshop addressing xenophobia during COVID – 19. The event will provide a safe space for Asian-identified Gators to share their lived experiences of discrimination or racism through this global pandemic. Resources on how to take an active approach towards inclusive leadership for any UF student will be highlighted, in addition to important self-care measures to take during this time.

RSVP REQUIRED: https://ufl.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1Ugci4Zxm5hXZul

Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Dance Workshop with APIDA
12-2PM | Instagram @ufapida
If you are able to, join us on Instagram [@ufapida] live for a dance workshop to remember! We have a guest choreographer that is ready to show you a fun set.

Thursday, April 23, 2020
Virtual Lounge & Chill
12-2PM | Zoom
Join us in building community online as we host another Virtual Lounge & Chill session!

Zoom Link: https://ufl.zoom.us/j/536256161

Friday, May 1, 2020
Asian Excellence Graduation Ceremony & Huy D. Huynh Hall of Fame
The Asian Excellence Graduation Ceremony will NOT be hosted in person this year due to safety concerns. We would like to honor the graduating class in reaching a major milestone here at UF. Once application closes, we will be acknowledging Class of 2020 and future classes through our virtual platforms by creating a separate webpage to honor each graduating student and on our social media.
To register as a graduating student deadline Monday, April 27, 2020 11:59 PM EST: bit.ly/AsianExcellence2020

The Huy D. Huynh Hall of Fame recognizes outstanding leaders who have devoted themselves to representing and advancing the APIDA (Asian Pacific Islander Desi American) community at the University of Florida and beyond. The hall of fame highlights the recipient’s legacies at the University from their contributions of positive change across our campus to their personal growth and development.
To nominate a recipient deadline Monday, April 27, 2020 11:59 PM EST: bit.ly/AsianExcellence2020

 

 

SPONSORED BY
UF Alumni Association; UF David and Wanda Brown Center for Leadership and Service, Asian American Student Union; Association of Asian Alumni; Hispanic-Latinx Affairs; Volunteers for International Student Affairs.

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month 2019

In efforts to promote visibility of current issues in the Asian Pacific Islander Desi community, the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month (APIDAHM) theme for 2019 is, Raabta, the Urdu word meaning connection to another soul, often one that is inexplicable in nature. Raabta is coming together through differences to reach mutual understandings.  It is a source of power to overcome shared struggles that confront us as a community, rather than letting collective challenges break our bonds.

The Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Affairs at the University of Florida observes APIDAHM in April, observed nationally in May. To begin the process of understanding and dismantling our collective struggles and challenges, we can showcase the power of building a community that embraces inexplicable connections.

2019 The Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month Calendar of Events:

THURSDAY, APRIL 4
NERD NITE
6 to 10 p.m.
Cypress & Grove Brewing Co.
*Hosted by Multicultural Association of Graduate Students

We’d like to invite you to join us for our first ever Nerd Nite on Thursday, April 4th from 6-10 PM. Nerd Nite is an evening where students give fun and/or silly, yet informative presentations and is open to all disciplines. Students can present any topic they’d like (it does not have to be their research). It’s an opportunity to practice presentation skills and learn in a relaxed environment. Since this will be our first Nerd Nite in Gainesville, we will be hosting a lightning edition. Talks will be 5-10 minutes long with a DJ playing between talks. Nerd Nite is open to everyone, but we ask that only graduate students apply to give talks (we need all the practice we can get).

You can register for the event here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nerd-nite-lightning-edition-tickets-52027342181

All the best,
Multicultural Association of Graduate Students

Please email sacnasfl@gmail.com if you have any questions.

MONDAY, APRIL 8
SAVING FACE
6:15 to 8 p.m.
Ustler Hall
Featuring SHIFT

This is an interactive dialogue-based presentation discussing the meaning and effect of “Saving Face” within APIDA communities. Through a introspective activity, participants will explore the intersectional identities an Asian woman holds in order to open up the conversation for personal storytelling and experience sharing.  Exploring the current landscape of what is known about sexual assault within APIDA communities, we will touch on how familial values, the model minority myth, and exoticism impact it. Deepening the discussion through a racial and gender power analysis, this critical lens analyze how sexual assault effects and has been affected by systemic oppressions. The conversation will close with a group brainstorm of tools that address sexual assault within our communities and on the college campus. 

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/630461437399257/

THURSDAY, APRIL 11
CHINO: ANTI-CHINESE RACISM IN MEXICO
5 to 7 p.m.
Reitz Union – APIA Affairs 2203
Featuring Dr. Jason Oliver Chang

Director of the Asian and Asian American Studies Institute at the University of Connecticut, Dr. Jason Oliver Chang combines Asian American Studies and Latin American Studies to push for a hemispheric conception of Asian America that attends to both the transnational features of Asian diasporas in the Americas and the importance of local, regional, and national frames of analysis. Dr. Chang will join us at the university to share his research and first book, ‘Chino: Anti-Chinese Racism in Mexico, 1880-1940’. 

Facebook link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2373045926263243/

FRIDAY, APRIL 12
SCREENING & FOUNDER: BLASIAN NARRATIVES
4 to 7 p.m.
Reitz Union 2201 – MCDA Fishbowl
Featuring Blasian Project

Blasian Narratives is a multi-media “Docu-Theatre” project that intimately explores the intersection and identities of mixed race Black & Asian individuals through live performances and film. The project began as a collaboration between Morehouse and Spelman College students documenting and exploring the identity formations of individuals with mixed Afro-Asian heritage, colloquially known as “Blasians.” The grassroots project aims to bring historically polarized communities together by illustrating the complexities and unity of identity awareness–how you see yourself vs how you are seen–in hopes of building solidarity along the way. The cast and crew now includes students and graduates from Stanford, NYU, and more. Joining us will be Alani Fujii, Development and Operations Intern for Blasian Project.

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/2164540410527013/

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17
WELLNESS MATTERS SERIES
3 to 4:30 pm.
Reitz Union – APIA Affairs 2203

Join the Counseling and Wellness Center and Asian Pacific Islander Affairs for a series of workshops aimed at reframing the current perception of mental health!

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17
SCREENING: SIGNATURE MOVES
6 to 8:30 pm.
Reitz Union – APIA Affairs 2203
Diversity Week
Sponsored by UF Student Government and the SG LGBTQ Cabinet

‘Signature Move’ is a film about Zaynab, a thirty-something Pakistani, Muslim, lesbian in Chicago takes care of her sweet and TV-obsessed mother. As Zaynab falls for Alma, a bold and very bright Mexican woman, she searches for her identity in life, love and wrestling.

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/1047816365410534/

THURSDAY, APRIL 18
7th APIA AFFAIRS ANTHOLOGY RELEASE
5 to 8 p.m.
Reitz Union – APIA Affairs 2203

The 7th Annual APIA Affairs Anthology theme is “BE A VOICE, NOT AN ECHO“. Often times when we express ourselves, it is from the perspective of others. Now is our time to be ourselves and express who we are. Be a voice for others. Be passionate about what you do and what you believe in. Express yourself. Stand out and be unique. You do not have to follow the status quo.

Facebook Link: https://www.facebook.com/events/827444190944663/

FRIDAY, APRIL 19
UF ASIAN ALUMNI SOCIAL NETWORK
5 to 8 p.m.
Swamp Head Brewery
*RSVP bit.ly/UFAAASocial

In partnership with the UF Alumni Association and the UF Association of Asian Alumni, we are hosting the first UF Asian Alumni Social Network for our alumni who self-identify as Asian/Asian American and live in the Gainesville, Alachua County, or North/Central Florida! 

FRIDAY, APRIL 19
POLYNESIAN FIRE @ GATOR NIGHTS
9 to 11 p.m.
Reitz Union

As part of Gator Night’s EARTH DAY celebration, we are hosting the Polynesian Fire to perform and to share the connection we all have with the Earth. 

TUESDAY, APRIL 23
WHO GETS TO BE APIA AFFAIRS?
5 to 7 p.m.
Reitz Union – APIA Affairs 2203
Renaming and logo for APIA Affairs

As we move towards positive growth and change, the name and purpose of the APIA Affairs must reflect that of our community that we serve. Join us as we reimagine what APIA Affairs name could be and develop a new logo. 

SATURDAY, MAY 4
ASIAN EXCELLENCE GRADUATION CEREMONY
& HUY D. HUYNH HALL OF FAME
RSVP for Graduating Students Only
Contact Jack at jnguyen@ufsa.ufl.edu

SPONSORED BY
Center for Latin American Studies; Center for Gender, Sexualities, and Women’s Studies Research; UF Alumni Association; UF Student Government – LGBTQ Affairs Cabinet; Asian American Studies; Asian American Student Union; Association of Asian Alumni; Black Student Union; Bangladeshi Students’ Association; Hispanic-Latinx Affairs; Gators Against Human Trafficking; Reitz Programming Board; Vietnamese Student Association; Volunteers for International Student Affairs; Women’s Student Association.

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month 2018

In efforts to promote visibility of current issues in the Asian Pacific Islander Desi community, the APIDAHM theme for 2018 is the Japanese concept of Ikigai, meaning “a reason for being” or “a reason to live”. We want to highlight and share the personal narratives of students, staff, and faculty by reflecting on Ikigai. We ask you to reflect, what is your ikigai? – what is your reason for being?

2018 The Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month Calendar of Events:

THURSDAY, APRIL 5
ARE YOU MAN ENOUGH?
3 to 4:30 p.m.
Reitz Union 2201 – MCDA Fishbowl
Featuring Dr. Chong Chon-Smith & Dr. Vincent Adejumo

“Are you MAN enough?” is a partnership between Black Affairs and APIA Affairs that will explore the concept of masculinity among the Asian American and Black communities. Joining us are Dr. Chong Chon-Smith from The City University of New York University Hunter College who wrote the book East Meets Black: Asian and Black Masculinities in the Post-Civil Rights Era and Dr. Vincent Adjumo from the African American Studies Program at UF whose research focus area includes Black masculinities.

MONDAY, APRIL 9
MOSAIC DISCUSSION GROUP
5 to 6 p.m.
Reitz Union 2203 – APIA Affairs
Suite 2203
Interracial & International Adoptee Experience

Far too often do we leave out the narratives of interracial and international adoptee voices in various communities. The lived experiences and navigation of interracial and international adoptees requires attention as we move into an era of policy changes that affect the livelihood and the success of folks who identify as such. Join us as we create space for interracial and international adoptees.

TUESDAY, APRIL 10
VENUS RISING
7 to 8:30 p.m.
Reitz Union 2201 – MCDA Fishbowl

Director, producer, educator, advocate, business woman, trans, adult film star; Venus Lux has shattered barriers and made strides for many communities. As a Chinese, Mongolian American, Venus Lux defies stereotypes and pushes boundaries. Join us in dialogue and discussion as Venus Lux shares her various experiences in analyzing the racialization of the adult film industry and how the industry shapes the perception of APIDA identified people.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11
INTERWOVEN CULTURES
5 to 6:30 p.m.
Reitz Union 2203 – HLA Suite
The thread between the Latinx & APIDA Communities

The histories of colonization, immigration, customs and traditions, language, and cuisine of various Latinx and Asian Pacific Islander Desi communities often parallel one another. From the Spanish and Portuguese colonization to the spread of Catholicism, join us as we explore the thread between the Latinx and APIDA communities.

FRIDAY, APRIL 13
THE LATINOS OF ASIA: HOW
FILIPINOS BREAK THE RULES OF RACE
3 to 5 p.m.
Reitz Union 2201 – MCDA Fishbowl
Featuring Dr Anthony Ocampo

Dr. Anthony Ocampo is a scholar and writer who focuses on race, immigration, and LGBTQ issues. He is Assistant Professor of Sociology at Cal Poly Pomona and a Ford Foundation Fellow. He is the author of The Latinos of Asia: How Filipino Americans Break the Rules of Race, addresses this puzzle: Are Filipinos in the United States becoming Asian American or Latino? The Latinos of Asia highlights how Filipino American identities can change depending on the communities they grow up in, the schools they attend, and the people they befriend.

MONDAY, APRIL 16
6TH ANNUAL ANTHOLOGY RELEASE
5 to 7 p.m.
Reitz Union 2203 – APIA Suite

Established in 2013, APIA Affairs collects and produces an annual anthology in the Spring semester containing creative works made by APIDA-identified students, faculty, staff, alumni of the University of Florida, or community members of the local Gainesville area. The APIA Affairs Anthology provides a record of the APIA experience and showcases our community’s unheard voices and stories through an unfiltered and authentic artistic medium.

TUESDAY, APRIL 17
APIA AFFAIRS DIALOGUE SERIES PRESENTS: SAVING FACE
6 to 7:30 p.m.
Reitz Union – G320
Featuring Cathy Linh Che

‘Saving Face’ is an idiom widely used in the APIDA community as a way of maintaining dignity or preservation of reputations. The goal of this initiative is to provide an opportunity to create awareness and educate the campus community about Rape Culture. We hope that ‘Saving Face’ will be a space and place for survivors of sexual assault to take the first step in healing and educating all Gators on how to become better allies. Cathy Linh Che is the author of the poetry collection “Split”, winner of the Kundiman Poetry Prize, the Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America, and the Best Poetry Book Award from the Association of Asian American Studies. “Split” recounts personal account of sexual violence against the backdrop of cultural conflict deftly illustrated through her parents’ experiences of the Vietnam War, immigration, and its aftermath.

WEDNESDAY, APRIL 18
QAPID (Queer Asian Pacific Islander Desi) DISCUSSION GROUP
6 to 7 p.m.
Reitz Union – APIA Suite 2203

LGBTQ Affairs and APIA Affairs is featuring a discussion based group, QAPID – Queer Asian Pacific Islander and Desi. Through guided discussions and interactive socials, QAPID’s goal is to educate, empower, and create an inclusive community among members. This is a closed group for people who identify as APIDA and Queer or questioning. Everything that is shared in QAPID is behind closed doors – we want to make sure to offer confidentiality and a space to find community.

THURSDAY, APRIL 19
SLAAM! BOOK CLUB
3 to 4 p.m.
Reitz Union – APIA Suite 2203
Featuring Sejal Badani

slAAm! (sampling literature by Asian Americans!) Book Club features fictional works by Asian American writers and artists. slAAm! Is open for all UF affiliated current students, faculty, and staff. This year, we will be reading Sejal Badani’s “Trail of Broken Wings”. The novel deals with child abuse and how it affects everyone in the family. The book begins years later when Sonya returns home and learns that her father is in a coma and is not expected to survive. Her sisters and mother now deal with their horrific past and try to look forward to a better future. (Sign up here: https://apia.multicultural.ufl.edu/programs/slaam-book-club/)

MONDAY, APRIL 23
TOWN HALL: APIA AFFAIRS
Reitz Union – 5 to 7 p.m.

Established as a resource room in 2011, the Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Affairs at the University of Florida has continued to transform while relocating to the J. Wayne Reitz Union in 2016. With new leadership and an updated vision to mirror the larger mission and values of the Multicultural and Diversity Affairs, we invite the campus community to join us in this open dialogue on the current state and future of APIA Affairs.

SPONSORED BY
Center for Latin American Studies, Asian American Student Union, Black Affairs, Hispanic-Latino Affairs, Filipino Student Association, LGBTQ Affairs, and Vietnamese Student Organization

APAHM 2015