Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month

Reclaiming Our Narratives

Model Minority. Yellow Peril. Orientalism. These narratives have homogenized the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American community—painting us as the perpetual “other.” This Spring, we are Reclaiming Our Narratives. APIDA Heritage Month 2020 will dispel these myths, showcase the diversity and complexity within our community, and honor the stories of those who came before us–showing that our presence is foundational to global history, American society, and Badger culture. This a celebration for us, by us; practice solidarity with us.

Due to the current situation surrounding Covid-19 and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) federal guidelines for practicing social distancing due to health and wellness concerns we will be shifting our focus to social media starting April 15th through May 15th in advocating, supporting and sharing the lived experiences of the APIDA community. Our theme aims to empower and show the narratives of our community, while exploring and addressing social justice issues of past, present and during this time of the pandemic.

For more information, please contact us at apidasc@studentlife.wisc.edu. Follow us on Social Media @uwapidasc. #apidahm #apidahm2020 #studentlife

The APIDA Student Center, sponsor of APIDAHM, is an extension of the Multicultural Student Center (MSC) at UW–Madison. We would like to extend a special “Thank You” to the APIDA Heritage Month Student Planning Committee for their hard work, passion, drive, time and effort. We would also like to recognize the Asian American Student Union (AASU), alpha Kappa Delta Phi International Sorority, Inc. – Wisconsin Chapter, Japanese Student Association (JSA), the individuals and groups who were willing to perform at the APIDAxAASU Gala, Freedom Inc., the Wisconsin Foundation & Alumni Association, the Wisconsin Historical Society, the Memorial Library, Asian American Studies Program, and the Wisconsin Union Directorate Distinguished Lecture Series for their initial efforts of collaboration, guidance and support during this unprecedented transition.