Office of Multicultural Student Success

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Planning committees are open to all UT students, faculty, and staff. If you are interested in serving on the planning committee for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, please email omss@utoledo.edu. 

WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO CHECK OUT SOME OF THE AWESOME VIRTUAL EVENTS AND RESOURCES LISTED BELOW 

CHECK OUT THIS POWERPOINT CREATED BY THE SOCIETY OF ASIAN SCIENTISTS AND ENGINEERS (SASE) ON THE RISE OF VIOLENCE AGAINST THE ASIAN-AMERICAN COMMUNITY. 

VIEW THE PPT HERE SASE InvoNet

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION TRAINING TO STOP ANTI-ASIAN/AMERICAN AND XENOPHOBIC HARASSMENT hosted by Hollaback! and Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC

MULTIPLE SESSIONS AVAILABLE THROUGHOUT APRIL

In response to the rise in Anti-Asian/American and xenophobic harassment,  Hollabackpartnered with Asian Americans Advancing Justice | AAJC to adapt their free bystander intervention training as well as offering de-escalation training to meet this moment. Unfortunately, anti-Asian and Asian American racism and xenophobia are not new phenomena. They have been a part of American history for a long time, and we have seen them manifest against different Asian/American and Pacific Islander communities in many ways over the years.  

FOOD JUSTICE IN AA&PI COMMUNITIES,  hosted by the university of Michigan

FRIDAY, APRIL 2, 2021 – 7:00 P.M. - 8:00 P.M. 

Come eat and have a dialogue on food justice in AA+PI communities, ranging from the struggles in sourcing culturally relevant foods, chronic health issues exacerbated by poor diet, and our cultural histories rooted in food production in the United States. We will draw from specific histories such as the role of Native Hawaiian laborers in sugar cane production and the commodification of Thai food within the United States beginning as early as the early twentieth century.

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DISCOVERING OUR ROLE IN SOCIAL CHANGE WITH DEEPA IYER, Hosted by Salem State University

MONDAY, APRIL 5, 2021 – 1:10 P.M. 

"In our lives and as part of movements and organizations, many of us play different roles in pursuit of equity, shared liberation, inclusion, and justice. And yet, we often get lost and confused, or we are newcomers to ongoing social change efforts and don’t know where to start, or we are catalyzed into action in the midst of a crisis in our community." - Deepa Iyer  
Join the Center for Civic Engagement and other campus groups for an interactive workshop with nationally recognized racial justice advocate, lawyer, strategist and writer, Deepa IyerDeepa will explain her framework that helps individuals, networks, and organizations align with their social change values, individual roles, and the broader ecosystem.

WHY ANTI-ASIAN RACISM IS SO CONTAGIOUS: A CONVERSATION WITH THE ESF AND SU COMMUNITY, hosted by Syracus University 

MONDAYAPRIL 5, 2021 – 12:30 P.M. 

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. 

Stop Anti-Asian Hate: The Fight to Eliminate Racism in All Forms, Dialogue on Diversity

TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2021 – 12:00 P.M. – 1:00 P.M

  • An Chung Cheng, professor of Spanish, Department of World Languages and Cultures, and Director of the Asian Studies Program
  • Joseph Hara, University Distinguished Lecturer, and director of the Japanese program
  • Hua Liu Sowa, Ph.D. student of the College of Education at UT, former chair of Board of Directors of Chinese Center of Toledo, former president of 80/20, Toledo Chapter
  • Carolyn Sowa, Asian American born and raised in Toledo,  MA student in International Law, Beijing University and MA student in International Relations, London School of Economics.
  • Xinren Yu, assistant director of the Center for International Studies and Programs

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AAPI Support Group

TUESDAY, APRIL 6, 2021 – 1:00 P.M. – 2:00 P.M

Immediately following our Dialogue on Diversity join the University Counseling Center, OMSS and CISP for support group for our AAPI students. We will come together to debrief the event, discuss relevant topics and gain support from one another. 

Event Info Here

ANTI-ASIAN VIOLENCE AND LGBTQ COMMUNITIES: OVERLAP & ADVOCACY, hosted by the University of Michigan 

TUESDAY APRIL 6, 2021 – 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M 

Spectrum Center is looking forward to hosting a panel consisting of Queer Asian and non-Asian LGBTQ individuals to talk about the increase in anti-Asian violence. It is important for the LGBTQ community to dialogue about and take actions addressing in-community racism and anti-racism efforts in the broader society. With the rise anti-Asian violence highlighted in the media, this panel will discuss calls to action supporting Asian communities experiencing harm. 

SHAPING CREATIVE LINEAGE: A POETRY READING + WRITING WORKSHOP WITH CARLINA DUAN, hosted by The University of Michigan 

WEDNESDAY APRIL 7 – 6:00 P.M. – 7:00 P.M. 

Join us as we hear from Asian-American poet and educator Carlina Duan! This poetry workshop will include a discussion about AA&PI writing & education, a space to draft your own poetry, and readings from her books I Wore My Blackest Hair and Alien Miss.
Carlina Duan is a writer-educator from Michigan, and the author of the poetry collections I Wore My Blackest Hair (Little A, 2017) and Alien Miss (Univ. of Wisconsin Press, 2021). She currently teaches and studies as a doctoral student in the Joint Program in English & Education at the University of Michigan. She believes in gardens.

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AAPI HERITAGE MONTH PAVING THE WAY ALUMNI SPEAKER: MITCHELL KUGA ’09, hosted by Syracuse University  

WEDNESDAYAPRIL 7, 2021 – 7:00 P.M. 

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.  

DEWY APRICOT DESIGNS: DESI DIGITAL ART Q&A AND LOGO TUTORIAL, hosted by the University of Michigan  

FRIDAY, APRIL 9TH, 5:00 P.M - 6:00 PM EST  

Join AA&PI HM and Dewy Apricot Digital Art, a pandemic-project turned successful art shop that designs Desi American and Asian American-themed pop culture items, for a Q&A and logo tutorial. With products and collaborations ranging from Desi tarot cards to makeup packaging, co-founders and college seniors Rishi and Ash will discuss how they actively incorporate their culture and issues of South Asian representation to create a meaningful and cohesive brand. 

Holi Toledo 2021

April 12th - 15th, Various Locations on Main Campus

Holi is a Hindu celebration for the arrival of spring, the end of winter, and the celebration of colors. For many, it's a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair broken relationships. Typically we would celebrate this event by throwing colored powder in the air and at our friends and family, but due to social distancing guidelines, we will be celebrating with a scavenger hunt instead! Hints will be revealed on @getinvolved and @iscoutoledo on Instagram.

AAPI HERITAGE MONTH COMMEMORATIVE LECTURE WITH WAJAHAT ALI, hosted by Syracuse University  

THURSDAYAPRIL 15, 2021, 7:00 P.M. 

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.  

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Cricket Game

Saturday, April 17, 2021,  12:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Vivo

Indian Student Cultural Organization (ISCO) is hosting our first annual cricket game event! Students can participate in the game or observe.

Event Info Here

OMSS Watch Party - In the Mood for Love

Friday, April 23, 2021 at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Join OMSS to watch the film In the Mood for LoveHong Kong, 1962: Chow Mo-wan (Tony Leung Chiu-wai) and Su Li-zhen (Maggie Cheung Man-yuk) move into neighboring apartments on the same day. Their encounters are formal and polite--until a discovery about their spouses creates an intimate bond between them. At once delicately mannered and visually extravagant, Wong Kar-wai's IN THE MOOD FOR LOVE is a masterful evocation of romantic longing and fleeting moments.

1:00 p.m. Event Info Here 7:00p.m. event info here


Learn More About AAPI Life And Culture Through TheSE RESOURCES

AAPI EXHIBITS AND COLLECTIONS 

Resources compiled by the Library of Congress. 

CHECK OUT ALL OF THE EXHIBITS HERE 

KANOPY MOVIES AND DOCUMENTARIES AVAILABLE FOR FREE! 

Check out some movies and documentaries related to Asian Studies. Just log in with your utad to stream for free. "At Kanopy we believe in the power of film to bridge cultural boundaries and bring people together. Start watching today and expand your worldview with us." 

POTLUCK PODCAST COLLECTIVE 

A collective of podcasts featuring unique Asian American voices and stories. 

PLAYERFM AAPI PODCAST COLLECTION 

A collective of podcasts featuring unique Asian American voices and stories. 

CLICK HERE 

 #WEARENOTAVIRUS

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic and the resurgence of xen​ophobia, hatred, and racism, Immigrant History Initiative has launched a new initiative to educate the public about Asian American history: #WeAreNotAVirus. We will continue to develop resources to help communities fight against hate.

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ASIAN AMERICANS ADVANCING JUSTICE CORONAVIRUS/COVID-19 RESOURCES TO STAND AGAINST RACISM

Asian Americans have been targeted by racism and xenophobia related to the coronavirus or COVID-19. Asian Americans Advancing Justice have compiled a list of resources in response to the hate.

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A DIFFERENT ASIAN AMERICAN TIMELINE

This timeline covers nearly 600 years of history starting with the early Atlantic slave trade in the 15th Century, tracing the rise of modern nation-states, and covering events that have affected people across racial boundaries.

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SUPPORT STOP AAPI HATE

In response to the alarming escalation in xenophobia and bigotry resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, the Asian Pacific Planning and Policy Council (A3PCON), Chinese for Affirmative Action (CAA), and the Asian American Studies Department of San Francisco State University launched the Stop AAPI Hate reporting center on March 19, 2020. The center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

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Learn about Hate Crimes and how to report them

The Department of Justice defines what a Hate Crime is, and has resources to learn how to report a hate crime and where to get support from the Department of Justice.

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The Right to be Safe: An Upstander & Self-Defense Response to Anti-Asian Violence

 This interactive workshop is intended for people of Asian descent and allies to develop strategies to fight back against anti-Asian violence. This session will include de-escalation and Upstander strategies, as well as physical and verbal safety tips to respond to anti-Asian harassment and hate violence.

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AAPI Anti-Hate Community Resources

A compilation of resources and events from all over the country to help the AAPI community.

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Asian Mental Health Collective

A collection of Mental Health and Community resources.

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Anti-racism resources to support Asian American, Pacific Islander community compiled by NBC News

Includes documentaries, podcasts, essays, and steps that can be taken to support the AAPI community.

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Gofundmes with AAPI organizations that people could donate to/ support

Compilation of GoFundMes of AAPI organizations, people affected by violence against AAPI , fundraisers for increased protection and security, AAPI businesses and neighborhoods.

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Last Updated: 4/5/21