Asian American Heritage Month

Every year, Northeastern hosts Asian American Heritage Month (AAHM) with the goals of building community, raising awareness for APIDA issues all while celebrating our history, culture, and impact in the United States.

While Asian American Heritage Month is traditionally celebrated in May, Northeastern celebrates in January to give our community an opportunity to fully participate in and enjoy the month of events.

We are excited to announce the theme of AAHM 2023: Renew Connections, Rebuild Communities, Redefine Identities!

The theme reflects how the Asian American community has been shed in a negative light for the past couple of years due to the spread of COVID-19 and consequently, the rise of anti-Asian hate crimes. Now that we can finally celebrate AAHM in person for the first time in a few years, this is our time to readjust our social position and build back pride and appreciation for the myriad cultures within the Asian American community.

That being said, it’s important to remember that renewing, rebuilding, and redefining are ongoing processes. We as a community have a long way to go on the journey to renew our connections within and outside our community, rebuild our community pride and celebration after the adversity we’ve faced, and redefine what it means to be Asian American. This January, we hope you can join us in this journey!

Follow AAHM on Instagram @nuaahm. Stay tuned for more details of the events!

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Global Gauntlet Facebook

Welcome to “The Global Gauntlet,” a game show brought to you by the Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, Beta Chi Theta, and the Vietnamese Student Association! We will pit people from different cultural organizations against each other in a series of challenges and trivia questions designed to test their knowledge and celebrate their unique traditions. From art and music to history and current events, “The Global Gauntlet” is a fun and educational way to learn about and appreciate different cultures!

Looking for some food for thought for these cold winter days? Looking to CONNECT with fellow members of the Asian American COMMUNITY? As part of Asian American Heritage Month 2023, join KASA and UTSAV in Curry Senate Chambers (CSC333) for our book club series! We’ll be exploring a different short story every Saturday from 12-1:30 pm (1/14, 1/21, 1/28) while enjoying some delicious Asian cuisine. Every week will highlight a different culture, to expand our understanding of our Asian American IDENTITIES. Be sure to bring some sort of electronic device with you so you can read along!

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Asian Craft Fair Facebook

Asian Student Union and Japanese Student Association collaborate for Asian American Heritage Month to bring an afternoon of Asian arts. Try your hand at making traditional crafts from Asian countries at booths led by Northeastern Asian student organizations. Joining us is Lily Xie, Chinese-American artist and educator. Lily collaborates with Boston residents and organizations for projects that focus on racial justice in the local community. Get the chance to make a craft instructed by Lily and hear from her experiences. We hope that you join us in exploring what arts from Asia have to offer!

AAHM is thrilled to announce our surprise keynote speaker… KRISTINA WONG! You may know Kristina as a performance artist, actor, cultural commentator, comedian, writer, and elected representative in Koreatown, Los Angeles. She was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist in Drama and many of her work covers racial justice. She uses humor and her experiences to explore difficult topics (i.e., tackling oppression and social justice issues) and amplify marginalized experiences.

As quoted in her 2008 Artist Statement, Kristina states that “as an artist, my job is not to ‘fix’ the wrongs of the world with easy answers, but instead, to further complicate the question by making the invisible—visible, and hopefully, creating some space for public discourse… Artists are the ultimate hope for real social change. Art does the work of social work, therapy, community building, education, and culture-shifting to set the stage for legislative change.”

Come join us on Sunday, January 15th 6-8pm in the Curry Ballroom to welcome Kristina Wong! In addition to her keynote presentation, we will also hold a Q&A session as well as a Meet & Greet session during the event.

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Boba Hour Facebook

For Asian American Heritage Month, join the LGBTQA Resource Center and the Pan Asian American Queer Alliance (PAAQA) for a special boba tea edition of the weekly coffee hour at the LGBTQA Resource Center. Stop by Curry 101 from 11am-1pm for free boba, new friends, and to learn more about the LGBTQA R.C., PAAQA, and AAHM. From 10am-7pm, the LGBTQA Resource Center will have their usual coffee and a special LGBTQA2S+ Asian American Book Gallery!

Join Chinese Student Association, Burmese Student Association, and Sigma Psi Zeta in celebrating Asian American Heritage Month at their Asian-Owned Small Business Marketplace.
Hosted in the Curry Student Center Indoor Quad on Friday, January 20, local businesses will be selling goods ranging from boba, desserts, accessories, and more! Drop by for a quick snack after classes or co-op, or treat yourself and your friends to cute trinkets, all while supporting Boston’s Asian American community.

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NU Barkada and NEU Pi Delta Psi collaborated to bring Filipina-American rapper and spoken-word artist, Ruby Ibarra, to campus for an evening jam session in Curry After Hours! Her musical stylings and lyrics focus on cultural heritage, identity, and her experiences as an immigrant. Ruby will be performing a 30 minute set, followed by a moderated Q&A session where students will have the opportunity to ask Ruby about her career or her experiences as an Asian American. NU student performer groups will open for Ruby. Refreshments and light catering will be provided for attendees.

Trying to kick off the semester with some community service? Want to warm your cold, dead heart in the middle of the winter? Look no further and join Asian American Students In Action (AASIA @neuaasia) and Northeastern University Growth Opportunities for Asian Leaders (NUGOAL @nu_goal) in a community service event! In the spirit of Asian American Heritage Month, we are giving back to some local organizations and charities. We will be in Ell Hall 410-411 on January 23rd from 6:30-8pm and could use your help in amplifying our impact.

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Join the Asian American Center and the Alumni Relations office for a fun AAC Alumni and Student Mixer! In the spirit of our 2023 AAHM theme, “Redefine Ourselves, Renew Connections, Rebuild Communities”, this mixer would be a great opportunity for alumni to reconnect with our community and join the celebration of our heritage, culture, and AAC memories. Alumni will get a chance to mingle and catch up with AAC staff, current students, and learn more about ways to get involved!

HONU X KPL presents Reconnecting with Ourselves. Come out on January 27 at 6 PM in Curry 333 as we reflect upon our experiences as Asian Americans. One of the biggest challenges we face is feeling caught between two worlds. We invite you to join us as we dive deep with our own unique perspectives and experiences through this conversation. This event is open to everyone. Snacks and goodies will be provided so stop by. We hope to see you there!

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This January, we will conclude our AAHM series of events with the AAHM Cultural Fair! This event includes a series of performances, activities, and food for yall’s enjoyment!

During this event, you’ll be able to walk around and learn about different APIDA student orgs across campus, all while enjoying the food and drinks that they have to offer! Our vision is that this event can represent a cultural revival where different Asian cultures can intermingle. We hope you can help us make it happen!


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