Celebrate API culture, history, and contributions
Why APIHM and not AAPIHM or APAHM?
In an effort to be authentically inclusive, NAAAP – as an organization with 26 chapters in the United States, Canada, and China – will be celebrating Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, dropping the “Asian American” moniker to be more inclusive of Asian professionals in our non-U.S. chapters. Canadians also observe and honor API culture, traditions, history and contributions.
Together as One – NAAAP’s theme
Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, anti-Asian racism and xenophobia rose to an unbearable crisis. But, it is not new. It’s perputual, infuriating, and tiring. Such anti-Asian and anti-Pacific Islander bias has been a stain and strain for more than a century. In 2021, being more intentional and inclusive than ever, NAAAP is promoting Together as One as the theme that unifies not only pan-Asian members of NAAAP, but people of all backgrounds, to create an anti-racist, just, safe, and cohesive society.
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May 6 • 3 PM EDT
Stand Together: The Asian North American Experience
What does it actually mean to identify as Asian American or Asian Canadian in 2021. According to activists and academics, these terms were originally radical labels of self-determination and an interconnected history of immigration. It was also an identity that was chosen, not one that was given. With the fast growing and diversification of a multiracial Asian community come new questions about what it means to be Asian in North America, how to belong, and which issues to advocate for.
In the wake of pandemic induced hate incidents targeted at Asians and most recently extreme gun violence against six Asian females in Atlanta, Asians are reminded of the complexities of what it means to be racialized in the US and Canada. Despite having many generations of Asian Americans and Asian Canadians having made invaluable contributions be they political, economic, scientific, arts, culture and community, Asian heritage and its panethnic identity, is an ongoing work in progress that must include advancing social justice and dispelling the model minority myth. Join us for a meaningful conversation with an accomplished community panel bringing us together to build awareness, understanding and set the tone for the future.
May 13 • 2 – 4 PM EDT
Confident Allyship: Bystander Intervention 2.0
NAAAP’s Self Care and Wellness will host a Bystander Intervention 2.0 (Conflict De-escalation) training by Hollaback, for one hour.
This will be followed by NAAAP’s Self Care and Wellness team and Hollaback facilitating a discussion of personal reflections on the growing wave of anti-Asian racist incidents and the tools and concepts of the Hollaback training.
The event is free to all members of NAAAP and our corporate sponsors.
Note: Conflict de-escalation is the second level (more advanced) curriculum that Hollaback teaches, and appropriately addresses personal action as opposed to bystander action.
Whether or not you can attend the event, we encourage you to consider making a donation (minimum $5) to benefit StopAAPIHate.org , which is documenting reports of Asian hate incidents.
May 20 • 8 PM EDT
Leadership & Advocacy Chat with Cecilia Chung
In times of major transitions, what do leaders need to be reminded of about those they lead? If we were to truly practice inclusive leadership, what do allies often miss the mark on when it comes to LGBTQ+ advocacy? How is our Asian community undereducated when it comes to trans lives? Join NAAAP Pride for this season-appropriate poolside chat as we gain valuable insights from Cecilia Chung, NAAAP100 honoree and Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives & Evaluation at the Transgender Law Center. Celebrate and build awareness around all members of the API community this API History Month!
May 27 • 7PM EDT
Role of Science and Technology as a Catalyst for Social Change
Gitanjali Rao was recognized as America’s Top Young Scientist and received an EPA Presidential award for inventing her device “Tethys”—an early lead detection tool. Gitanjali is also the inventor of “Epione”—a device for early diagnosis of prescription opioid addiction using genetic engineering, and “Kindly”—an anti-cyberbullying service using AI and Natural Language processing.
She was honored as Forbes “30 Under 30 in Science” in 2019 and TIME’s “Top Young Innovator” and “TIME Kid of the Year” for her innovations and STEM workshops she conducts globally, which has inspired over 40,000 students in the last two years across four continents. In her sessions, she shares her own process of innovation that can be used by students all over the world. She is an experienced TED speaker and often presents in global and corporate forums on innovation and the importance of STEM.
Co-sponsored by NAAAP, Center for Asian Pacific American Women, OCANational, Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers, and APIA Scholars.