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. 

Community – NAAAP’s theme

Since 1982, NAAAP has been convening emerging leaders and amplifying the Asian American voice and experience. In 2022, NAAAP is embracing the spirit of “Limitless Leadership” which is leaning into our principles and encouraging API professionals to use their time and talent to transcend the workplace, family, and community regardless of geography.
Limitless Leadership is about breaking free from all the mental, physical, and societal barriers so we can soar higher to uplift ourselves, peers, and our community.

This month we are highlighting communities with our NAAAP events for Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

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Speakers Bureau is waiving the joining fee for all speakers who apply during the month of May

APIHM Events

May 4    •    May 5    •    May 11    •    May 18

May 4  • 5:30pm EDT / 4:30pm CDT / 3:30pm MDT / 2:30pm PDT

A Conversation about Toxic Invisibility

Asian Americans are rendered invisible by external forces like racism and white supremacy, but we also render ourselves invisible through internal forces like guilt, shame, self-judgment, and more.  These two forces combine to create what Ryan Takemiya calls “Toxic Invisibility”.  

In this workshop we’ll share the myriad of ways we find ourselves rendered invisible in daily life.  We’ll learn about the historical roots of the external forces, how they persist, and how to effectively combat them.  We’ll also learn about the neuroscience behind psychological invisibility, and how to regulate your emotions when confronted with challenging situations.  Lastly, we’ll use vocal/storytelling exercises that will help you own your identity, speak up, and speak out.  

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May 5  •  6pm EDT / 4pm CDT / 3pm MDT / 2pm PDT

Stories from Chinese Restaurants Around the World

Dotting even the most remote landscapes, Chinese restaurants can be found in every corner of the world unraveling a complex history of cultural migration and community. The cultural outposts of far-flung settlers, bearers of Dim Sum, Peking Duck and creative fusion culinary like the Madagascar classic Soupe Chinoise, Chinese restaurants are portraits of immigration, good food, and community hubs for the Chinese diaspora. Behind these family-run places, special stories abound of resilient people who left their homeland in search of security and a better future. Having traveled fifteen countries to meet chefs, entrepreneurs and dreamers who work Chinese kitchens, join filmmaker and author Cheuk Kwan who weaves a fascinating travelogue of culture, family and place, ultimately revealing how a delicious meal always tells an even better story.

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May 11 • 7:30pm EDT / 6:30pm CDT / 5:30pm MDT / 4:30pm PDT

The Great Resignation

The Great Resignation is a phenomenon that describes record numbers of people leaving their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 4 million Americans quit their jobs in July 2021.Companies now have to navigate the ripple effects of the pandemic and re-evaluate how to retain talent. Join Ryan Patel, a Global Business Executive, Board Director and Senior Fellow at the Drucker School of Management and CNN contributor, who will break down what is driving the Great Resignation and what we can learn from this workforce trend.

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May 18  •  8pm EDT / 7pm CDT / 6pm MDT / 5pm PDT

Fireside Chat with Ly Tran, Author of House of Sticks

NAAAP welcomes celebrated author, Ly Tran for a discussion on her coming-of-age memoir, House of Sticks. An extraordinary account of resilience and self-realization, HOUSE OF STICKS tells the story of a young girl’s journey from war-torn Vietnam to Ridgewood, Queens, and the challenges of forging her own path amidst a new culture and the weight of family expectations. Certain to appeal to readers of Cathy Park Hong’s Minor Feelings, Tara Westover’s Educated, and Ocean Vuong’s On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous, HOUSE OF STICKS is a powerful and moving meditation on the complexities of the American dream from an immensely talented debut author, filled with heartbreak and wonder in equal measure.

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