Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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What is APAHM?

While Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) is officially celebrated in the month of May, Vanderbilt celebrates APAHM in the fall semester from October to early November. It is the official celebration that honors the history, cultural diversity, and unique contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI).

A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

At Vanderbilt University, the Student Center for Social Justice & Identity curates a calendar of events related to Asian/Pacific heritage, featuring programs from across campus and the Nashville community.

You can find the PDF of the calendar HERE or scroll down to see a list of events with their links! Take a look at the calendar below as well!

Please see below for the full list of events in October and to directly access the Zoom Links for any and all programs!

AASA Family Field Trip

What: Go on a campus tour and solve a ton of fun puzzles for a chance to win some cool prizes in a raffle. Meet and connect with your AASA family too!

When/Where: Saturday/SundayOctober 3rd and October 4th, Times vary by sign-ups

Who: Asian American Student Association (AASA)

Click HERE to RSVP

Love and Loving Yourself: Body Image Discussion

What: For this event, AASA would like to “Spotlight” your experiences and perspectives as Asian-Americans. JR Kuo, a specialist in mental health, will be joining us to talk about cultural perceptions of body image, Eastern vs. Western standards of beauty, and familial and cultural expectations of romance and sexuality.

When/Where: Thursday, October 8th, 5-6:15PM

Who: Asian American Student Association (AASA)

Click HERE to RSVP

Talk About It: A Chat About COVID-19

What: In line with “Spotlight”, AASA’s 2020 APAHM theme, we want to highlight and discuss the minority experience throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Join us for a virtual discussion with AASA, BSA, and ALAS members to learn more about how the pandemic has affected students and communities of color.

When/Where: Thursday, October 15th, 6PM

Who: Asian American Student Association (AASA) & The Student Center for Social Justice and Identity

Click HERE to RSVP

Refugee Youth Project

What: Join us as we reveal a new opportunity for students to directly engage with and discuss frequently ignored issues in the middle eastern community in Nashville. Students will have an opportunity to learn more about our new community partner, and how we’re working to form an organization-wide relationship with the volunteer work done with the Refugee Youth Mentoring program. If you’re interested in learning more about MESA and the Middle East, how you can learn more about getting involved with a virtual mentoring program, or if you want to improve your own trauma-informed practices, come to a informational session hosted on Zoom with MESA exec!

When/Where: Thursday, October 8th, 5:30PM

Who: Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA)

Click HERE to RSVP

TGI Tabbouleth Trivia Night

What: Join MESA for an awesome night of trivia!

When/Where: Thursday, October 22nd, 5:30PM

Who: Middle Eastern Student Association (MESA)

RSVP Link Forthcoming!

APAHM Community Action Week

What: In line with APAHM 2020’s theme of “Spotlight”, this event is centered on using the attention the Asian American community has received due to the COVID-19 pandemic to make a positive impact. For this week, AASA has partnered with ALAS, BSA, and VSG to provide a host of activities including virtual leadership workshops, student-to-student letter writing, and care package assembly. Fill out this Google Form to indicate your interest in a specific activity!

When/Where: Saturday, October 17th – Saturday, October 24th, Times vary by activity 

Who: Asian American Student Association (AASA)

Click HERE to see a list of all events for this week!

SACE Garba

What: For this event, AASA would like to “Spotlight” your experiences and perspectives as Asian-Americans. JR Kuo, a specialist in mental health, will be joining us to talk about cultural perceptions of body image, Eastern vs. Western standards of beauty, and familial and cultural expectations of romance and sexuality.

When/Where: Saturday, October 17th, 10AM-2PM

Who: South Asian Cultural Exchange

Click HERE for the ZOOM LINK

Film Screening: Circumstance

What: We are hosting a virtual screening of Circumstance. This screening is in partnership with the Student Center for Social Justice and Identity to celebrate Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Sign up to get the zoom link on Anchor Link.

When/Where: Saturday, October 24th, 6PM

Who: Student Center for Social Justice and Identity & LGBTQI+ Life

Zoom Link Forthcoming!

APAHM Meditation

What: During this uncertain time, mindfulness practices can be crucial for our wellbeing. Take a 30 minute break to enjoy the benefits of meditation including stress reduction, lower blood pressure, and increased ability to focus. Join us every Thursday, or as your schedule permits, for a virtual 20-minute guided meditation through Zoom.

When/Where: Thursday, October 29th, 1:15PM

Who: Center for Student Wellbeing

Click HERE to RSVP

Taste of Asia 2020

What: As the annual finale to APAHM every year, Taste of Asia offers a wide selection of food from across 9+ different Asian cultures. This year, we will be making several changes: Taste of Asia will be outside at the Library Lawn in a grab and go format. Students will sign up online using this link below to list any potential dietary concerns and then buy a ticket from TicketWeb/Sarratt Box Office with a specific pickup time. Finally, we are only able to serve about 150 students this year. Make sure to buy your ticket to Taste of Asia soon!

When/Where: Saturday, October 31st, 4:30PM

Who: Asian American Student Association (AASA)

Click HERE to RSVP

TAI CHI with the Chinese Arts Alliance

What: Join the Nashville Chinese Arts Alliance for free Tai Chi in the Metro Parks or online every Tuesday and Thursday of this month.

When/Where: Tuesdays (5-6PM) & Thursdays (12-1PM), all month long

Who: Chinese Arts Alliance


Annual APAHM Contributors

The Asian American Student Association’s purpose is to promote awareness of Asian and Asian-American cultures and issues within the University, the local community, and beyond, in order to foster a campus community more inclusive to AAPI identities. Founded in 1986, AASA strives to establish a sustaining culture of activism regarding Asian and Asian-American identity, moving beyond established stereotypes and providing a platform for students to celebrate their heritage and find their voice for change.

This year, AASA will be exploring the theme of “SPOTLIGHT”. The COVID-19 pandemic has put the Asian American community front and center stage. Given this ~SPOTLIGHT~, this year’s APAHM hopes to highlight both the unspoken struggles and the diverse victories of the AAPI experience. For this year’s APAHM, we would like for you to join in a campaign to engage with not only the AAPI community at Vanderbilt, but also translate those ideas into direct action in the wider local and political sphere. Finally, we want to share our spotlight and work in solidarity with other communities of color to amplify our impact on campus.

PISO serves the undergraduate community at Vanderbilt University by providing opportunities for students observe, participate, and share in authentic aspects of Filipino culture. These include cuisine, couture, performing arts aesthetics, music, etc.

Keep Calm and Curry On

Date: Thursday, 10/10

Time: 6:00PM – 7:00PM

Location: Alumni Hall 202 – Memorial Hall

In collaboration with Undergraduate Political Science Association and AASA, come grab a bowl of curry and join AASA, PISO, and UPSA in this interactive digital presentation/workshop as they discuss the role of the AAPI community living in extraordinary times of political change, instability, and navigating the current political sphere.

SACE is an organization made up of over 200 Vanderbilt undergraduates dedicated to representing, celebrating, and sharing South Asian culture at Vanderbilt and in the greater Nashville area. Throughout the year, we host various social and cultural events.

The Diwali Showcase

Date: Saturday, 11/9

Time: 7:00PM – 9:00PM

Location: Langford Auditorium

The Diwali Showcase, SACE’s largest and most popular event, honors the Hindu festival of lights. Every year over 200 students band together to prepare dances in a multitude of Indian dance genres, including Classical, Bhangra, Bollywood, Raas, and Fusion. With over 200 performers every year, this event attracts over 1000 guests from the Vanderbilt and surrounding Nashville community.

Founded in 2007, the mission of VUCA is to promote Chinese culture and facilitate Chinese language learning across the Vanderbilt community. VUCA welcomes everyone who is interested in Chinese language or culture. We host events to welcome students to Chinese culture and to engage them through meaningful activities. Our events are a great opportunity for participants to enjoy not only the culture, but also each other’s company. Participants at our events and Language Lab learn something new about the country, the language, and the culture each time they come.

VUCA MasterChef 2019

Dates: Friday 10/18

Time: 4PM – 6PM

Location: Rec Center Kitchen

A cooking competition that aims to enhance cultural awareness and spread Chinese culture. Contestants will be cooking Chinese food and having the audience present taste it and give feedback. Winner gets special prizes!

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