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Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month

April 1 – April 30, 2020

Recognized nationally in 1992, Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month is celebrated in the U.S. during the month of May to provide educational and entertainment-based programs relevant to Asian Pacific Islander Desi cultures. During the academic calendar, Virginia Tech celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month during the month of April.

APIDAHM Presents: ACEC Virtual Cafe Hour, featuring Dr. Jennifer Sano-Franchini

April 1, 2020, 3 - 4 p.m.

Anti-Asian Panic and the Pandemic: A Virtual Teach-In

April 2, 2020, 4 - 5:30 p.m.

In response to the recent COVID-19 pandemic, many U.S. political authorities and media sources have increased anti-Chinese and anti-Asian rhetoric. Subsequently, there has been an intensification of anti-Asian harassment and discrimination throughout the United States. Anti-Asian discourse is of course not necessarily new during times of crisis in the United States. Indeed, public health and economic panics of the late nineteenth century was deeply intertwined with anti-Chinese vigilante violence and state legislation, resulting in the infamous 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. Anti-Asian rhetoric, therefore, is not merely an expression of xenophobia or bigotry, but has severe systemic and deeply structural consequences, shaping the everyday lives of Asians and Asian Americans in the United States. This teach-in will shed light on how to critically engage with anti-Asian discourse and what kinds of collective and individual strategies Asians and Asian Americans (and allies) can do for our communities during these exceptional and precarious times. Invited speakers include faculty and students from the humanities and sciences.

Zoom Meeting Information:

APIDAHM Presents: Virtual Café Hour/Officer Interest Meeting

April 8, 2020, 3 - 4 p.m.

Event details for Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month 2020 will be updated here as they become available.

If you are in need of an accommodation, please contact Dr. Nina Ha at 540-231-8584 or email