Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month aims to celebrate and recognize the culture, history and achievements of the AAPI community.
With May finally here, celebrate with events run by UB’s Intercultural and Diversity Center (IDC) and organizations across Western New York:
All month long — Visit Buffalo’s Japanese Garden
Buffalo’s Japanese Garden is located next to The Buffalo History Museum and open every day during daylight hours. Complete with cherry blossoms and stones laid by master gardeners from Kanazawa, the garden promises a scenic and serene experience.
May 4 — Asian American & Pacific Islander Student Mixer
Meet and socialize with student clubs, organizations and other members of the AAPI community in the Student Union Lobby from 3-6 p.m. Wednesday. There will be food, music and other fun activities.
May 8 — Asian American Student Union Dance Competition
AASU, and its dance troupe AASU Vibe, is hosting its inaugural dance competition “Legacy” at 7 p.m. in the SU Theatre. Admission is free and there will be snacks and drinks available.
May 10 — AAPI Heritage Month Dessert Hour
Enjoy some desserts while celebrating AAPI history at SU 240 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. The event features free food and is hosted by the IDC.
May 11 — Tour of the World
The SA International Council is hosting “Tour of the World,” a cultural event to celebrate various cultures through food, music and art, at the SU field from 1-5 p.m.
Join Campus Living in the Ellicott Bowl from 5-7 p.m. to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month with activities such as karaoke and “guess the country.” Attendees can also enjoy Asian Pacific American snacks.
May 19 — ALANA Celebration of Achievement
Open to all graduating students from fall 2021 through the end of 2022, this pre-commencement ceremony honors the achievements of graduating ALANA (African, Latinx, Asian and Native American) undergraduate, graduate and PhD candidates.
Can’t make it? Listen to music uplifting the AAPI community in IDC’s AAPI Heritage Month Playlist or on Spotify’s Stop Asian Hate page, which uplifts Asian stories and voices through a variety of podcasts and artists.
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