May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.

Our chapters all across the US and Canada will be celebrating throughout the month of May. Download a copy of our fact sheet (left) or browse the menu (below) to find a local chapter and event to celebrate APAHM with!

2017 NAAAP APAHM Activities [PDF, 3 pages]

Chapters

Atlanta

Membership Drive & Watch Party

May 20th

 

NAAAP Atlanta will be holding a Membership Drive & Watch Party open to the public at Taco Mac. They will be providing t-shirts to new member sign-ups, providing raffles throughout the day and watching the new Atlanta United Soccer Team!

Contact: allen.chen@naaapatlanta.org

Boston

Sharing our Stories

May 1st – 31st

Boston

NAAAP Boston will be exploring a different pillar of the NAAAP mission in engaging our community and celebrating our Asian heritage. To support this, NAAAP Boston is partnering with the Asian American Commission (AAC) to do a campaign to share our communities stories and narratives. We are asking for electronic submissions of written stories, videos, or images that highlight the Asian experience in America. Throughout the month of May, we will be highlighting these stories through our website, social media and email.”

View full event details on the NAAAP Boston website.

Contact: victoria.liu@naaapboston.org

Chicago

Innovate. Inspire. Aspire. Asian American Leaders Influencing Change.

May 5th

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates our vibrant, diverse cultures and recognizes the shared history of Asian and Pacific Americans. This event brings together sponsors for an evening of conversation around how Asian American leaders inspire and aspire, accompanied by cultural entertainment and networking. Special guests include Kim Cummings (Chief Diversity Officer, BNSF) and Roger Park (Partner, EY)

View full event details on the NAAAP Chicago website or Facebook event.

Contact: rose_olea@naaapchicago.org

Cincinnati

Volunteering at the Asian Food Fest

May 13th – 14th

Cincy

NAAAP Cincinnati will be volunteering at the annual Asian Food Fest, a festival which showcases some of the region’s best Asian restaurants and chefs, while fostering connections between community members and local Asian American organizations and businesses.

Contact: tessa.xuan@naaapcincy.org

Colorado

Ignite Your Leadership

May 11th

Colorado

Come join NAAAP Colorado at the Charles Schwab campus in Lone Tree for the 4th annual Ignite Your Leadership! This premier event brings a diverse panel of high-profile leaders from corporate, non-profit, and public sectors. Participants have the opportunity to engage with these distinguished panelists and gain key insights into what it takes to become a true leader!

View full event details on the NAAAP Colorado website or Facebook event.

Contact: jean.lo@naaapcolorado.org

DC

Various APAHM Collaboration Events and Activities

May 11thNAAAP DC’s regular Board Meeting will feature a portion inviting leaders of API organizations. In these API Leaders Meetings, we network with our sister organizations in the Washington, DC area, to discuss our plans for the next couple of years and share or ask for resources to help accomplish goals.

May 17th – We are partnered with an API organization in the Filipino Young Professionals (FYP) of DC. The genesis of this event is both organizations’ desire to help uplift the API’s socio-economic conditions by teaching them how to purchase and invest in a home.

May 21stWe are partnered with another API organization in the Taiwanese American Professionals (TAP) of DC. At this event, we are leveraging our pan-Asian membership to bring a diverse set of voices to tell their story, the API’s story.

Contact: ryan.namata@naaapdc.org

Detroit

Formosa Circus Art Performance & Workshop

May 14th

Detroit

NAAAP Detroit and Detroit Institute of Arts (DIA) are partnering to present the Formosa Circus Art (FOCA), a group hailing from China Taiwan that will put on a special performance and workshop. FOCA breaks through the limitations of traditional circus forms, combining acrobatic stunts with modern dance and live theater, to create a unique stage presence for the audience. The show will feature a variety of art forms including acrobatics, stunts, street dance, juggling, drumming, martial arts and extreme endurance.

 

A VIP Reception will follow the performance and workshop. The VIP Reception will be a celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and the collaboration between NAAAP Detroit and the DIA.

View full event details on the NAAAP Detroit website or Facebook event.

Contact: sdow@naaapdetroit.org

Greater Kansas City

Cultural IQ Workshop

May 17th

 

Greater Kansas City

Recognizing the Power of Inclusive Communication – This one-hour presentation will define and explore several hidden, yet significant factors that influence our cultural competence in the workplace context. Participants will gain a more nuanced understanding of how cultural differences pose both challenges and opportunities for individual and team performance, as well as practical strategies for enhancing their cultural competence and related communication skills.

Presented by Angie Pastorek, Ph.D. –Dr. Pastorek manages the four-course Professional Workplace Communication Graduate Certificate program at the KU-Edwards Campus.

Contact: Jason.carney@naaapgkc.org

New York

Flavors of Asia: A Culinary Experience

May 17th

New York

NAAAP NY is proud to present, in celebration of Asian Heritage Month, Flavors of Asia: a culinary experience. Join us for the evening as we travel across Asia’s culinary landscape. Sample delicious dishes from local restaurants as you explore the museum after-hours and meet the chefs behind Museum of Chinese in America’s new Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy exhibit.

View full event details on Eventbrite.

Contact: minning.yu@naaapny.org

Oklahoma City

Asian Society of Oklahoma Annual Asian Festival

May 13th

Oklahoma City
Come join us as we unite our community through cultural events and competitions May 13th for the 31st Annual Asian Festival.

Events & Activities include:
– Miss Asia Oklahoma Pageant
– Junior Miss Asia Oklahoma Pageant
– Little Miss Asia Oklahoma Pageant
– Entertainment and Arts & Crafts for all

May 23rd – Power NAAAP with Dr. Oh Bunnang

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NAAAP OKC is hosting PowerNAAAP at Valir Health with Dr. Oh Bunnag. Dr. Bunnag is a board member of Valir Health and hails from Thailand. Please join us as Dr. Bunnag shares his story of how he immigrated to the US, overcame obstacles to establish his career, how his Thai culture played a role in his life, and his advice for young Asian professionals.

Contact: daryn_lu@naaapokc.org
Come join us as we unite our community through cultural events and competitions May 13th for the 31st Annual Asian Festival.

Events & Activities include:
– Miss Asia Oklahoma Pageant
– Junior Miss Asia Oklahoma Pageant
– Little Miss Asia Oklahoma Pageant
– Entertainment and Arts & Crafts for all

May 23rd – Power NAAAP with Dr. Oh Bunnang

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NAAAP OKC is hosting PowerNAAAP at Valir Health with Dr. Oh Bunnag. Dr. Bunnag is a board member of Valir Health and hails from Thailand. Please join us as Dr. Bunnag shares his story of how he immigrated to the US, overcame obstacles to establish his career, how his Thai culture played a role in his life, and his advice for young Asian professionals.

Contact: daryn_lu@naaapokc.org

RTP, NC

Reconnecting the Asian Professional

May 20th

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In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NAAAP RTP is bridging the gap between ERGs and local professionals. Throughout the month, we will be reaching out to make new connections and rekindle old ones, as well as hosting a networking dinner.

Contact: nguyen.phan@naaaprtp.org

San Francisco

Bay Area APA Professionals Networking Mixer

May  17th

 

San Francisco

For the first time ever, the Bay Area’s Asian professional leaders and organizations are hosting a joint networking mixer in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Participating organizations include Asian American Bar Association, Asian Business League, Corporate Asian American Employee Network, Chinese Real Estate Association, Filipino Bar Association, NAAAP SF Bay Area, Nakayoshi, SF Chamber of Commerce, Taiwanese American Professionals, South Asian Bar Association, and Your Filipino Professionals Association.

View full event details on Sparxo.

Contact: pahoua.lee@naaapsf.org

San Jose

“Aviatrix” Movie Screening: The Katherine Sui Fun Cheung Story

May  22nd

 

San Jose

NAAAP San Jose will be presenting a film screening of  the documentary about pioneering Asian Aviatrix Katherine Sui Fun Cheung, a Chinese immigrant who defied racial and gender bias to become a daredevil stunt pilot during the Golden Age of Aviation in the 1930s. Our special guest will be Director Ed Moy who will be skyping from a Film Festival to tell us more about the movie. This event is co-hosted by the Friends of the Northside Branch Library in Santa Clara, CA.

View full event details on Facebook.

Contact: marynka.rojas@naaapsj.org.

Seattle

Documentary Viewing, Mariners Heritage Night and Museum Exhibition

May 13th – Documentary: Who Killed Vincent Chin?

View full event details on the NAAAP Seattle website.

May 15th  – APA Heritage Night with the Mariners

View full event details on the NAAAP Seattle website.

 

May 27th – Terracotta Warriors Exhibit & Imax Movie

View full event details on the NAAAP Seattle website.

Contact: quyen.dang@naaapseattle.org

Toronto

Canadian Asian Fashion Week

May 5th – 7th

 

Toronto

NAAAP Toronto is a community partner in featuring Canadian Asian Fashion Week.

Canadian Asian Fashion Week (CAFW), is Canada’s acclaimed event that celebrates the best of Asia during Asian Heritage Month.

CAFW showcases diversity with a multicultural fashion exposition, a fashion marketplace, an International Cuisine Gallery, cultural performances, featuring 12 Asian international designers and 4 emerging designers all culminating with a Red Carpet Finale Gala.

View full event details on the event website.

Contact: ben.hum@naaaptoronto.org

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