Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, Syracuse University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs, within the Division of Enrollment and Student Experience, hosts a series of events in April in collaboration with campus departments and student organizations.

Celebrated nationally in May, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month honors Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month consists of programs and signature events that educate all members of the Syracuse University community about the histories, cultural diversity, contributions and often underreported challenges of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month involves students, faculty, and staff across the University, with leadership by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.  The planning committee comes together each year to put together a robust calendar of events and programs that celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander culture, history and heritage.

Questions and Event Access Support

Please note, some events will require attendees to access with their Syracuse University Zoom Account. Using your NetID and password, access the Syracuse University Zoom Answers webpage for instructions. For additional questions, to request accommodations or for assistance joining an event, please email the co-chairs for the planning committee: Huey Hsiao, Associate Director of Multicultural Affairs and the Kessler Program, at or Nicholas Lee G’21, Graduate Assistant for the Office of Student Living – Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives, at

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021 Events

Join the month-long celebration on social media by following @syr_oma and using #CuseAAPIHM and #ALLIN. Please note that all programs are EST.  

Thursday, Apr. 1, 5 p.m.: AAPI Heritage Month Kick-Off


Join us for the kick-off of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, where you can meet and mingle with students, faculty, and staff, and learn about the month’s events. We will also “unveil” the Anti-Asian Hate Crime Exhibit that remembers the 1997 Denny’s incident that occurred in Syracuse and promotes awareness of Anti-Asian hate crimes within the wider Syracuse University community. The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and AAPI Heritage Month Planning Committee.

Monday, Apr. 5, 12:30 p.m.: Addressing Anti-Asian Racism: A Conversation with the ESF and SU Community 


In light of recent bias incidents in our community, ESF & Syracuse University are partnering to bring awareness to this topic while also uplifting our Asian and Asian American communities.

Wednesday, April 7, 7 p.m.: AAPI Heritage Month Paving the Way Alumni Speaker: Mitchell Kuga ’09


Newhouse alum Mitchell Kuga is a journalist living in Honolulu, Hawai’i. His writing has been published in GQ, T Magazine, The Village Voice, and Condé Nast Traveler, and he is the 2019 recipient of the Excellence in Online Journalism Award from NLGJA: The Association of LGBTQ Journalists. He will discuss the particularities of growing up fourth generation Japanese American; his clumsy transition from Hawai’i to Syracuse; self-tokenizing as a queer Asian person; toiling on the fringes of queer media; and the ongoing process of learning to write himself into existence. Yes, he is a Pisces. This event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, LGBTQ Resource Center, and Office of Multicultural Advancement.  

Friday, April 9, 12 p.m.: AAPI Heritage Month Book Club Discussion: Living for Change by Grace Lee Boggs


A discussion of Living for Change by Grace Lee Boggs led by Justin Cayago ’22 and Emily Li ’22. Sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs.

Friday, April 9, 8 p.m.: Mr. Asia Pageant with CantoMando


Mr. ASIA is a male pageant that focuses on the current issues revolving around Asian Americans at SU. Mr. ASIA aims to tackle the stigmas placed upon Asian males and issues behind masculinity. Due to COVID-19, Mr. ASIA will allow voting for the pageant to be done asynchronously online, followed by performances, the reveal of Mr. ASIA, and a discussion with CantoMando synchronously via Zoom. Enjoy entertaining performances by student organizations and guest artists. Sponsored by Asian Students in America. 

Saturday, April 10, 8 p.m.: Virtual Screening of “Minari”

RSVP (deadline 12pm on 4/7)

A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, “Minari” follows a Korean-American family that moves to a farm in Arkansas in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, “Minari” shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.

Due to a limited number of tickets, guests have to register through the ‘Cuse Activities portal by Wednesday, April 7, at 12 p.m. Guests will then receive an email from A24 (the company behind “Minari”) and be asked to create an account. Accounts will be pre-populated with an exclusive, non-transferable ticket. Accounts must be created using the same email address provided at registration.

Starting at 8 p.m. on Saturday, April 10, guests will have a 4-hour window to begin watching the film.

This event is co-sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and University Union.

Thursday, Apr. 15, 7 p.m.: AAPI Heritage Month Commemorative Lecture with Wajahat Ali


Lecture Topic: A Caravan of Unity in the Age of Hate: Building a Multicultural Coalition of the Willing

Wajahat Ali is a new kind of public intellectual: young, exuberant and optimistic. This New York Times contributing op-ed writer, TED speaker, CNN commentator and award-winning playwright speaks on the multifaceted American experience, focusing on our growing need for cultural unity, racial diversity and inclusion to fight forces of hate and division. In hilarious, politically up-to-the-minute talks, Ali shows how to learn from and join “the multicultural coalition of the willing”—the emergent generation poised for social change. This event has been made possible by Co-Curricular Fee funding and is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Association, South Asia Center (part of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs), and Hendricks Chapel.

Friday, Apr. 16, 12 p.m.: AAPI Heritage Month: Unpacking Our Hidden Identities as AAPIs


From being adopted to serving in the military to identifying as LGBTQ+, the AAPI community contains many intersecting identities. In this dialogue session, the objective is to breakdown our individual experiences as AAPIs with a hidden identity or identities. The event is sponsored by the Office of Multicultural Affairs and AAPI Heritage Month Planning Committee. 

Saturday, Apr. 17, 7  p.m.: K-Night


K-Night is the Korean American Student Association’s (KASA) annual event where we invite a special headliner to perform for Syracuse students. It is also an opportunity for students to showcase their talents such as singing and dancing. Please check KASA’s social media for an announcement about the headliner for this event.  

Tuesday, Apr. 20, 5 p.m.: Asian Americans and the Law Seminar Community Education Project


Asian Americans and the Law is a seminar at the College of Law offered every spring by Prof. Mary Szto. Law students Brooke Hasegawa-Nakaoka L‘23, Evelyn Lin L‘22, Lisa Liu L‘21, and Sheridan Su L’21 will present their research, respectively, on Asian American history education in primary schools, the We chat ban litigation, Asian American administrators in higher education, and Asian immigration attorneys. Come join us for an awesome teach-in and discussion!  

Friday, Apr. 24, 7 p.m.: SASE Talent Show Register


Spin some fidget spinners on your toes (even though that’s so 2017) or grab your guitar and win over the crowd—anything goes! Grab your best bud and share your talent to showcase that engineers are more than just calculators. Please fill out this form if you are interested in performing. Sponsored by the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Co-Sponsors

  • Student Organizations: alpha Kappa Delta Phi, Asian-Pacific American Law Student Association, Asian Students in America, The Baobab Society (ESF), Kappa Phi Lambda,  Korean American Student Association, Lambda Phi Epsilon, Sigma Beta Rho, Sigma Psi Zeta, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, South Asian DESI Student Interest Group (ESF), South Asian Students Association, Student Association.
  • Academic Units/Centers/Departments: Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program, Asian/Asian American Studies, Barnes Center at The Arch, College of Law (Asian Americans and the Law seminar), Hendricks Chapel, LGBTQ Resource Center, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, Office of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (ESF), Office of Multicultural Advancement, Office of Student Living, South Asia Center (part of the Moynihan Institute of Global Affairs), Student Support Services, Syracuse University Libraries, Syracuse University Project Advance.