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Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi American Heritage Month

What is APIDA Heritage Month?

In 1978, Congress passed a Congressional Resolution for Asian and Pacific Islander Americans to be celebrated during the first week in May. It was the anniversary of the first wave of Japanese immigrants to the U.S. as well as the completion of the transcontinental railroad, which was predominantly built by Chinese Americans. In 1992, the celebration was extended through the entire month of May.

Here at the University of Maryland, we hold APIDA Heritage Month (APIDAHM) during April instead of May to ensure that our APIDA community gets a full month to celebrate their culture and heritage before summer break begins. 2024 will mark the 32nd year that APIDAHM has been a nationally recognized month-long affirmation of the experiences and contributions of APIDA communities. Learn more about APIDAHM 2024 as well as our past Heritage Month themes below!

Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month (APIDAHM) 2024

The Office of Multicultural Involvement and Community Advocacy (MICA) of the Adele H. Stamp Student Union – Center for Campus Life is excited to announce the theme for Asian, Pacific Islander, & Desi American Heritage Month (APIDAHM) 2024 this April:

To The Table

For many, food is a touchstone of our Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American culture, identity, history, and heritage. As we follow recipes passed down from matriarchs and Youtube tutorials, we make dishes once prepared in phantom kitchens lost in time. Here, a spoonful of comfort, a taste of home.

Food is also a site of resistance – from generations of tilling land, to the prickling sweat of labor over a stove, to boycotting in solidarity with the oppressed workers and people. Some fought for a seat at the table, others sought to turn them. As those who came before us participated in hunger strikes and grew gardens out of impossible places, we must remember what it took for us to enjoy abundance in harvest, in choice, in full.

With every mouth we feed, we build communities born out of compassion and community care. Why don’t you come to the table? There is enough for everyone. So set the table, pass a plate, and eat.


Call for Programs

We are now soliciting program submissions to be featured on the official Asian, Pacific Islander, & Desi American Heritage Month (APIDAHM) 2024 calendar. We welcome all events and programs, but highly encourage ones related to our theme. Please submit your program to this form no later than February 28th, 2024 to be featured on the calendar. 

If you have any questions or concerns regarding Asian, Pacific Islander, & Desi American Heritage Month or how your organization can be involved, please contact me at jsuegay@umd.edu. We are looking forward to a wonderful month of programming and engagement with the community!

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