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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a nationally recognized month that focuses on the lives of Asian and Pacific-Americans and their distinct experiences. APAHM is celebrated nationally during the month of May, but colleges across the US celebrate APAHM during the month of April. UNC APAHM will celebrate over a two-week period from March 31 to April 13.

This year, we will be presenting Spotlight: things are happening within the AAPI community, but our voices are often left out of the bigger picture. We would like to invite the campus community at large to understand and learn more about our diverse community. If you are interested in attending any APAHM event or want to learn more, head on over to our Facebook page:

Saturday, March 31

APAHM Opening Ceremony

Time: 5-6:30 p.m.
Location: Stone & Leaf Cafe

The Opening Ceremony will kickstart APAHM with an introduction to our theme “SPOTLIGHT.” This event features a speech from Joshua Chung and two performances from David Choi and “Work in Progress.” The final portion of the evening will be open to an open mic!! This is a chance for you to share your time with us whether you’re reading poetry or singing, etc! If you’re interested, please fill out this google form.

The submission deadline for the open mic is Friday, March 30 11:59PM.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the opening ceremony to kickoff an incredible 2 weeks of APAHM!

Monday, April 2

Re-Thinking Masculinity and Beauty

Time: 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.
Location: Hamilton 100

In an effort to deconstruct modern society’s notions of beauty and masculinity, this workshop aims to highlight the issues associated with these social standards and rethink the way Asian Americans and others perceive themselves when faced with these expectations at home and abroad.

This event will be conducted through four mini-workshops, each lead by unique individuals. Attendees will be split among these four groups and rotate throughout the duration of the event. Through this, we hope everyone will be able to experience a few of the many different aspects of beauty and masculinity that are pertinent to the Asian American experience. Mini -workshops will feature a small presentation followed by questions that will facilitate thoughtful discussion about the aforementioned topics. Please come and join us as we take on the notions imposed on Asian Americans and their appearances!

Wednesday, April 4

Reflections: An AAPI Art Exhibition

Time: 6 – 9:00 p.m.
Location: Carolina Union 3505

This event will showcase art from the AAPI community, expressing how these individuals feel their peers and others on campus view them. There is a conflict, for many in the AAPI community, between how they view themselves and how they are perceived as others. Anyone can come to this free event, and there will also be a workshop throughout the night for learning some techniques of traditional Chinese ink paintings. Come make an artwork of your own and enjoy the creativity of your fellow peers!

Thursday, April 5

Model Minority but not Model Leader? Unraveling Thoughts on AAPI Leadership

Time: 7 – 8:00 p.m.
Location: Peabody 218

As a part of the model minority myth, Asian Americans are often viewed as invaluable, “behind-the-scenes” workers rather than as leaders. This assumption has left many Asian Americans experiencing what is termed the bamboo ceiling, which refers to the many barriers Asian Americans face in obtaining leadership roles in the workplace. Despite their high employment, Asian Americans are heavily underrepresented among Fortune 500 CEOs and corporate officers as well as in other prominent leadership positions such as among presidents and heads of departments at universities.

In this AAPI student-moderated leadership panel, our speakers will be introducing their perspectives on intersectional identities within AAPI leadership and how perceptions of Asian Americans grounded in the model minority myth translates into barriers towards ascending to leadership positions. Through guided discussion, we are hoping to engage AAPI students from all over the community in evaluating compounding effects of intersectional identities within leadership, tackling problematic notions of who a leader is, acknowledging unconventional forms of leadership, and recognizing leadership capabilities in themselves.

Monday, April 9

Backlight: Unheard Voices of AAPI

Time: 6 – 7:00 p.m.
Location: Peabody 218

We always see and hear the acronym “AAPI” but does it really stand for?

We will be tackling the issue of erasure and ethnic disparities in the AAPI community by identifying issues found here at UNC and brainstorming ideas together to fix them.

Join us for a workshop where we deconstruct the meaning of AAPI and the effects that these four letters have on all of the groups it is meant to encompass.

Thursday, April 11


Time: 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Location: SASB North Upendo 1113

Join us for a discussion/workshop event on the topic of self-segregation and relations between minority groups on campus and in general.


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