AAPI Heritage Month 2021: So Now What?
posted on April 16, 2021
This past year has been particularly difficult for BIPOC communities. We have been feeling the effects reverberate as we grapple with systemic inequities and adapt to different contexts. In all that, we are also finding threads of movement, mobilization, and collective action.
The Office of Multicultural Involvement & Community Advocacy (MICA) has worked diligently with a student committee for this year’s Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage month theme: “So Now What?”. Please help us in celebrating their work and the message behind this April’s theme.
The Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community has, at different moments, reckoned with both structures of power/oppression and models of privilege. There are common themes this diverse community continuously comes back to (i.e. Model Minority Myth, xenophobia, anti-Blackness, etc.). While these experiences can feel new in this current moment, we can point to a number of historical moments that highlight a sense of returning. “So Now What?” is a question that prompts continued self- and community-reflection, and also offers an opportunity to understand our work within larger and historic struggles of social justice.
We invite you to join the University celebration of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM) 2021. This is the 29th year that AAPIHM has been a nationally recognized month-long affirmation of the experiences and contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. Our upcoming calendar of campus events will be posted on MICA’s website later this week.
Below you will find MICA’s events for the AAPIHM. We encourage you to join us this Thursday for our opening event!
1) AAPIHM 2021 Opening: Thursday, April 1 6pm | Keynote Speaker: Join MICA and Asian American Studies in welcoming our keynote speaker to open Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Julia Rhee is the current Interim Director of the National Queer Asian Pacific Islander Alliance (NQAPIA). Her talk will be followed by a moderated Q&A session. Open to all. Register here.
2) AAPI Check-Ins (see dates and times below) | MICA is bringing back AAPI Check-Ins! This year, these weekly sessions will be peer led. Have lunch or a snack, take a break from studying, pause, process with your community members, and just be.
AAPI Check-In 1: Tuesday, April 6, 12pm | Led by members of the Korean Student Association. Log in at the time of the event: stamp.umd.edu/checkin1
AAPI Check-In 2: Tuesday, April 13 2pm | Led by MICA Community Organizing Student Intern. Log in at the time of the event: stamp.umd.edu/checkin2
AAPI Check-In 3: Tuesday, April 20, 12pm | Led by members of the Taiwanese American Student Association. Log in at the time of the event: stamp.umd.edu/checkin3
AAPI Check-In 4: Tuesday, April 27 12:30pm | Led by MICA Community Organizing Student Intern. Log in at the time of the event: stamp.umd.edu/checkin4
3) For graduating AAPI students, register to receive a graduation lei today! Deadline is April 16. Limited quantities. https://stamp.umd.edu/aapihmlei.