Initially founded in 1977, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) honors and recognizes Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) people in the United States and their contributions that enhance and enrich U.S. American history. While the heritage month is nationally recognized during the month of May, Clemson celebrates APAHM during the month of April.

2023 APIDA programs are below:

APIDA Movie Marathon
April 24, 2023 | 12:00 - 6:00 pm | Gantt Multicultural Center (Brackett 300)
Celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Desi Awareness Month through films highlighting APIDA culture, community, and creators. Check out the Gantt instagram for full movie listings and times @cugantt.   

Microaggressions and the APIA Community
April 24, 2023 | 1:00 pm |Registration is required, please register at https://clemson.libcal.com/event/10522502
Microaggressions are subtle, denigrating messages delivered to people from marginalized groups, oftentimes by well-meaning people who are unaware of the underlying messages they are sending.  For instance, people from the Asian Pacific Islander (API) community are often asked, “Where are you from? No, really, where were you born?” or told, “You speak such good English.” These statements imply that members of the API community are perpetual foreigners and are not “true” Americans. These everyday insults, slights, and indignities can result in negative emotional, psychological, and physical outcomes. This webinar will define microaggressions, strategies for interrupting them, and for making repairs.  Special attention will be paid to the everyday prejudice and discrimination faced by API folks in the current climate of violence and “othering” of immigrants. 

Alanna Aiko Moore is the Head of Community Engagement and Inclusion and Librarian for Ethnic Studies at the University of California, San Diego Library.  She manages diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging-related Library projects in collaboration with campus colleagues and works with diverse students and faculty to support research and collection needs. 

Alanna is the Executive Director (and a past President) of the Asian Pacific American Librarian Association, has Chaired the ALA Committee on Diversity, and served on the Steering Committee for the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color II. She is the past ARL Visiting Program Officer for EDI and an ALA Spectrum Scholar. Her research interests include EDI and social justice in the profession, microaggressions, intersectionality, LGBTQ+ identity, and mentoring. A frequent consultant, trainer, and facilitator, she has worked with library organizations and nonprofits to create more inclusive and equitable organizations.

Introduction to APIDA: Meet and Greet
April 25, 2023 | 12:00 – 1:00 pm | Cooper Library Clemson History Room (401)
Stop by, grab some free merch, and get to know the Clemson University Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) Commission!

Third Thursdays with Gantt
April 27, 2023 | 11:00 am - 1:00 pm | Gantt Multicultural Center (Brackett 300)
Join the Gantt Multicultural Center in celebrating APIDA month with a Boba tea bar.

Asian Pacific Islander Desi Awareness Month Keynote Lecture with Dr. Gordon H. Chang hosted by the APIDA Commission
April 27, 2023 | 1:00 pm | Register here: https://calendar.clemson.edu/event/history_of_anti-asian_violence_in_america
Dr. Gordon H. Chang will speak on the history of anti-Asian violence in America on April 27, 2023, at 1:00 EDT for one hour. Dr. Chang recently stepped down as the Senior Associate Vice Provost for Under Graduate Education at Stanford and is a professor of history.  He is also the Olive H. Palmer Professor in Humanities at Stanford University. He is the author of nine books, primarily on U.S. China relations and the Asian-American experience.

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