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Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month


What is APIDA?

While Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month (APIDA) is officially celebrated in the month of May, Vanderbilt celebrates APAHM in the fall semester from October to early November. It is the official celebration that honors the history, cultural diversity, and unique contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and Desi Americans(AAPIDA).

A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific/Desi encompasses all of the Asian continent, India,  and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

At Vanderbilt University, the Student Center for Social Justice & Identity curates a calendar of events related to Asian/Pacific heritage, featuring programs from across campus and the Nashville community.

You can find the PDF of the calendar HERE or scroll down to see a list of events with their links! Take a look at the calendar below as well!

Please see below for the full list of events during the Heritage Month and to directly access the Zoom Links for any and all programs!

Night Market

What: Kick-Off APIDA Month with the Night Market! You will be able to explore different booths run by different cultural organizations here on campus while also participating in different cultural activities in order to win Asian snacks and prizes. 

When: SundaySeptember 26 @ 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Commons South Patio Lawn

Who: Asian American Student Association (AASA)

Click HERE to RSVP!

Moon Festival Special, Dim Sum Touches Your Heart

What: Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville (CAAN)’s “the Moon Festival Celebration” presents 10 varieties of “Dim-Sum” selected just for this event.  Because of COVID-19 and its variant, you be will staying safe and celebrating with takeout to eat at home.  This will be a curbside only event. You will also play “Riddle Game” on cell phone.  The top five wins prizes.  Support small business, and support non-profit arts organization!  All orders need to placed by September 20.

When: Sunday, September 26, 5:30 PM – 6:00PM

Where: Lucky Bamboo Parking Lot

Who: Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville

Click HERE to RSVP!

Indigenous Scholar Seminar: Tara Houska

What: Tara Houska (Couchiching First Nation Anishinaabe) is a tribal attorney, founder of Giniw Collective, and a former advisor on Native American affairs to Bernie Sanders. She spent six months on the frontlines fighting the Dakota Access Pipeline, and is currently engaged in the movement to defund fossil fuels and a years-long struggle against Enbridge’s Line 3 pipeline. She is a co-founder of Not Your Mascots, a group committed to positive representation of Native peoples.

She is a TED speaker, a Harvard “Public Interested” keynote, received an “Awesome Women Award” from Melinda Gates, the 2021 American Climate Leadership Award, a 2019 Rachel’s Network Catalyst Award and is featured in “Women: A Century of Change” by National Geographic. Tara has written for the women-led climate anthology “All We Can Save”, the New York Times, CNN, the Guardian, Vogue, and Indian Country Today. She lives in a Line 3 pipeline resistance camp in Northern Minnesota.

When: Monday, September 27, 6:00 PM

Where: Zoom sent with RSVP

Who: Indigenous Scholars Seminar

Click HERE to RSVP!

‘Ash is Purest White Film’ and Discussion

What: Join CAAN for a virtual film discussion to view Ash is Purest White 江湖儿女 directed by Jia Zhangke. The story is loosely based on the leader of a gang from Jia Zhangke’s childhood. Moderator will be Ms. Yvonne Chen, PhD Candidate of Sociology, Vanderbilt University.

When: Tuesday, September 28, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: Zoom

Who: Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville

Click HERE to RSVP!

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Discussion

What: The recent movie, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings, has made a significant impact on the Asian and Asian American community. Join SCSJI for a fun filled afternoon discussion the movie and it’s impact on the world!

When/Where: Tuesday,October 5, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM 

Where: Multicultural Lounge, Sarratt 335

Who: Student Center for Social Justice and Identity Office (SCSJI)

Click HERE to RSVP!

Brought to Light: Lanterns Exhibition

What: In addition to everyday usage as a light source in the part, lanterns are commonly associated with festivals in Asian culture. Join AASA in celebrating APIDA by taking over Rand for the month with APIDA stories and lantern designs. They will be handing out half-made lanterns at Commons and Rand- all you have to do is finish the design, and if you’d like, share a story. The final exhibition will be on display at Rand for the remainder of October and at the Curb Center afterward.

When: Wednesday – Friday, October 6-8, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where: Rand Hall

Who: Asian American Student Association (AASA)

Click HERE to RSVP!

Brunch

What: Join PISO for a small brunch for 20 guests! RSVP is required.

When: Saturday, October 9, 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where: Kissam

Who: Philippine Intercultural Student Organization (PISO)

Click HERE to RSVP!

Speaking to be Seen: Visibility of the Asian Diaspora

What: This panel and discussion will be focused on the assertion and maintenance of Asian/Asian American visibility in the world, through the lens of different fields. We will have students alumni, and special guest speakers come together at a table to hold a broadcasted discussion, similar to the “Red Table Talk”.

When/Where: Sunday,October 10, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Who: Asian American Student Association (AASA)

Click HERE for the Zoom link!

Visibility Week: Social Media Blast

What: In line with APIDA’s 2021 theme of “I’M VISIBLE,” we hope to highlight the cultural experiences of the AAPIDA at Vanderbilt as well as discuss how it has influenced their college experience. 

When: Monday-Friday, October 18-22

Where@vanderbiltaasa

Who: Asian American Student Association (AASA)

Kava Circle

What: In line with APIDA’s 2021 theme of “I’M VISIBLE,” we hope to highlight the cultural experiences of the AAPIDA at Vanderbilt as well as discuss how it has influenced their college experience. 

When: Thursday, October 21, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WhereMulticultural Lounge, Sarratt 335

Who: Indigenous Scholars Organization

Click HERE to RSVP link!

Spice Challenge

What: Come participate or watch VUCA’s spice challenge! Participants eat different levels of spicy foods and compete to see who can handle the spiciest! 

When: Saturday, October 23, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WhereTBD

Who: Vanderbilt Undergraduate Chinese Association

Click HERE to RSVP link!

Maskara

What: Join PISO for a night of delicious food and karaoke!

When: Saturday, October 23, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Where: Alumni Hall

Who: Philippine Intercultural Student Organization (PISO)

Click HERE to RSVP!

Bubble Tea Week

What: Come participate or watch VUCA’s spice challenge! Participants eat different levels of spicy foods and compete to see who can handle the spiciest! 

When: Monday-Thursday, October 25-29, 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Where: Rand Tabling

Who: Vanderbilt Undergraduate Chinese Association

Click HERE to RSVP!

Taste of Asia: Music Box Edition

What: We hope to declare our visibility with our rich cultural heritage in food. Held annually, Taste of Asia is AASA’s signature event to end a month of reflections with a celebration dinner with foods from 10 different Asian countries. Join AASA for some good food, good music, and great wrap up for APIDA!

When: Sunday, October 31, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Where: SLC Ballroom

Who: Asian American Student Association (AASA)

Click HERE to RSVP!

TDS Showcase

What: The Diwali Showcase, SACE’s largest and most popular event, honors the Hindu festival of lights. Every year over 200 students band together to prepare dances in a multitude of Indian dance genres, including Classical, Bhangra, Bollywood, Raas, and Fusion. With over 200 performers every year, this event attracts over 1000 guests from the Vanderbilt and surrounding Nashville community.

When/Where: Saturday, November 6, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Where: Langford Auditorium

Who: South Asian Cultural Exchange (SACE)

Click HERE to RSVP!

TAI CHI with the Chinese Arts Alliance

What: Join the Nashville Chinese Arts Alliance for free Tai Chi in the Metro Parks or online every Tuesday and Thursday of this month.

When: Wednesday (10:00 AM – 11:00 AM) & Thursdays (12:00 PM -1:00 PM), all month long

Where: Sevier Park and Metro Park (online)

Who: Chinese Arts Alliance of Nashville (CAAN)

Click HERE to REGISTER

AAPIDA Drop-In

What: A Drop-in Consultation is an outreach program that provides easy access to informal, confidential, and free consultations with clinicians (counselors) from the University Counseling Center (UCC).

The UCC has created the below-mentioned identity specific Drop-In Consultations in response to current events and student feedback. We hope that our identity-based Drop-In Consultations provide opportunities for our students to receive brief support around these concerns in a more overtly affirming space.

When: Wednesdays, 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM

Where: Sevier Park and Metro Park (online)

Who: University Counseling Center

For more information, click HERE!

The Asian American Student Association’s purpose is to promote awareness of Asian and Asian-American cultures and issues within the University, the local community, and beyond, in order to foster a campus community more inclusive to AAPI identities. Founded in 1986, AASA strives to establish a sustaining culture of activism regarding Asian and Asian-American identity, moving beyond established stereotypes and providing a platform for students to celebrate their heritage and find their voice for change.

This year, AASA will be exploring the theme of “I’M VISIBLE”. In an environment where the Asian/Asian American community is often unseen and unheard, and after a difficult year of widespread hate crimes towards the Asian-American community, we believe now is more important than ever for us to take a hold of our voice and proclaim our right to visibility in the world. We plan to do this through events in which we can physically take up space on campus and create important dialogues among our peers. For this year’s APIDa, we would like for you to join in a campaign to engage with not only the AAPI community at Vanderbilt, but also translate those ideas into direct action in the wider local and political sphere. Finally, we want to share out spotlight and work in solidarity with other communities of color to amplify our impact on campus.

PISO serves the undergraduate community at Vanderbilt University by providing opportunities for students observe, participate, and share in authentic aspects of Filipino culture. These include cuisine, couture, performing arts aesthetics, music, etc.

 

SACE is an organization made up of over 200 Vanderbilt undergraduates dedicated to representing, celebrating, and sharing South Asian culture at Vanderbilt and in the greater Nashville area. Throughout the year, we host various social and cultural events.

Founded in 2007, the mission of VUCA is to promote Chinese culture and facilitate Chinese language learning across the Vanderbilt community. VUCA welcomes everyone who is interested in Chinese language or culture. We host events to welcome students to Chinese culture and to engage them through meaningful activities. Our events are a great opportunity for participants to enjoy not only the culture, but also each other’s company. Participants at our events and Language Lab learn something new about the country, the language, and the culture each time they come.

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