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Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month

The Office of Student Life Multicultural Center annually sponsors this major Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) identity programmatic undertaking in order to bring together students, staff, faculty and Central Ohio community across a wide diversity of APIDA cultures and traditions

The Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month is an initiative to begin conversation and celebration of the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) cultures, histories and identities. Here at The Ohio State University, we observe APIDAHM in mid-January through February. 

APIDAHM is co-sponsored by the Asian American Association, Asian American Studies, API Cohort, Bonifacio, Chinese American Student Association, Latino Student Association, Ohio Progressive Asian Women Leadership, Office of the Senior Vice President for Student Life, Omega Tau Zeta, Pan Asian Mental Wellness Association, Pilipino Student Association, Student Activities Fee, Signature Events, Student Life Counseling and Consultation, Student Life Multicultural Center, The Khmer Student Association and The Vietnamese Student Association.

Please check our calendar for a complete listing of our APIDAHM events. 

January

APIDA Heritage Month 2019 Kick-Off

Monday, January 14, 2019

6 p.m.

Alonso Family Room, Ohio Union

Join us as we kick off the Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month with music, food, beverages, and giveaways!

Gelli Ann Dayrit, Intercultural Specialist for the APIDA Student Initiatives, and Elizabeth Dang, Chair of the APIDA Heritage Month Student Planning Committee will be giving a speech of what to expect for the month.

There will also be an interactive butterfly immigration activity where you can write your immigration story.

Mental Health in Native/Indigenous and APIDA Men-Identified Students (DICE)

Wednesday, January 16, 2019

12 - 2 p.m.

Suzanne Scharer Room, Ohio Union

Join the APIDA and American Indian/Indigenous Student Initiatives for an interactive discussion around how mental health impacts our Native/Indigenous and APIDA Men-Identified Students.

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here: go.osu.edu/dice.

Cooking with Conversation: Our Immigration Stories (DICE)

Thursday, January 17, 2019

6 p.m.

Instructional Kitchen, Ohio Union

Join Latinx Student Initiatives and APIDA Student Initiatives for a conversation around food and immigration stories.

3 Latinx and 3 APIDA student ogranizations will be cooking empanadas and/or dumplings! Come meet the student organizations who will be cooking and join in on the conversation!

RSVP: http://go.osu.edu/CookingwithConversation19

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here: go.osu.edu/dice.

 

CASA Chinese New Year

Friday, January 18, 2019

6:30 -9 p.m.

Performance Hall

Lunar New Year, known as (Spring Festival) in Chinese, is one of the most important holidays in many Asian cultures. In China, it marks the beginning of a new year. We intend to celebrate it thoroughly by putting on a great show! The Chinese American Student Association would like to invite everyone to our FREE Lunar New Year Show to celebrate the Year of the Pig! We will have many various acts lined up including UKAN, J2K, Oriental Dance, ECHO Studio, and much more! There will also be various raffles throughout the night with some amazing prizes, so be sure to come out and ring in the new year with us! We can't wait to see everyone there!

 

Indian Students Association (ISA) Presents: Fresher’s 2.0: The Harvest Festival

Friday, January 18, 2019

6-9 p.m.

Curl Hall

Happy New Year! With this new year and a new semester, ISA has new ways for you to mingle with fellow students and meet new people while enjoying some of the Indian festivals like Pongal, Sankranti, and Uttarayan! Please join us for a fun night filled with food, games and activities that will surely make you feel relaxed and ready to take on this new semester.

Tickets:
Members: FREE (Donations encouraged)
Non-members: $5 Donation OR Donate 3 canned food items OR Donate 2 items from the list below

List of donations needed:
- Women's and children's winter coats
- hat
- gloves
- scarves
- woolen socks
- strollers
- bath soap
- laundry detergent
- toothpaste
- toothbrushes
- body lotion
- sanitary pads

**Donations will be collected at the door**

WE ARE ALSO PROUD TO HAVE OSU Dhadkan perform, and Unmasked to have a fun pot painting activity for you. This plus many more fun activities, to welcome the new year with a BANG!!

 

Building a Community of Care for Survivor Support (DICE)

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

7 p.m.

Jennings Hall, Rm 40

Sexual assault impacts all of us, we are likely to know and care about someone affected. Knowing how to be a supportive co-survivor is critical to creating a community where violence is not tolerated and all survivors are safe to come forward and receive trauma-informed support.

Students will develop the skills to support survivors if they disclose an assault to them and how to get share resources survivors need to recover. We will also touch on what it means to be “trauma-informed,” the difference between a stressor and a trigger, and what secondary trauma means. Students will be equipped with the information and resources they need to feel confident to help a friend or family member touched by sexual violence, and to hold others in the community accountable for doing the same.

Sponsored by The OhioHealth Sexual Assault Response Network of Central (SARNCO)

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here: go.osu.edu/dice.



Hot Pot & Hot Topics

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

6:30 p.m.

Morrill Tower, 3rd Floor Vending Room

Gather around for an evening of having hot pot in small groups and discussing some hot topics around the world or campus. Hot Pot is an East Asian communal eating style, with a pot of Chili spice broth or non-spicy broth, ingredients of your choice are boiled in the simmering hot pots, while sitting around to discuss hot topics.

In collaboration with the Office of Student Life University Housing

 

APIDA Mentors of Academia: Featuring the API Alumni Society

Thursday, January 24, 2019

7 - 8:30 p.m.

Jennings Hall, Rm 40

Join the APIDA Heritage Student Planning Committee for a panel conversation with the Asian Pacific Islander (API) Alumni Society about career choice, APIDA representation in their respective field, mentorship, and personal story.

Bring your questions and learn from our alumnus!



"YOU WANT FLOWER?": Fighting Anti-Blackness in Our Nail Salons while Painting Your Nails! (DICE)

Friday, January 25, 2019

5 - 7 p.m.

Alonso Family Room, Ohio Union

Elizabeth Dang, a third-year student and licensed manicurist, will be leading discussions on unpacking the racial tension that exists between the Black and Vietnamese communities within nail salons. "Nail salon fight" videos frequently go viral on social media, typically showing a Black female and Vietnamese employee engaging in verbal arguments or physical altercations. Opening the discussion to recognize where both communities intersect in racial inequality is vital to combat the tension and to create more solidarity for all. Attendees will also be encouraged to learn how to paint their own nails!

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here: go.osu.edu/dice.

 

One Asian Nation

Saturday, January 26, 2019

6 p.m.

Ballroom, Ohio Union

One Asian Nation (OAN) is an annual charity banquet that is hosted by the Asian American Association (AAA) to bring the OSU Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi American (APIDA) community together for a night of cultural exchange and celebration. This is a night for campus leaders and student organizations to embrace our differences and come together as a united community while two selected candidates will be chosen as winners at the event. After receiving the title, the winners will receive a budget from OAN proceeds to work with and invest into a non-profit organization.

To purchase tickets, please visit: https://goo.gl/forms/JKUomdh1P5AEw1zJ3

Dress Code: Formal attire is encouraged for this event, however, semi-formal is just as fine. Do dress to the theme of fairy tales and fantasies!

Doors opens at 6:00 pm. Food will be served at 6:30 p.m. Show will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/310290743026433/

 

Gendered Labor Divisions: The Native Hawaiian Boarding School Experience (DICE)

Monday, January 28, 2019

1-2:30 p.m.

Suzanne M. Scharer Room, Ohio Union

As a part of APIDA Heritage Month 2019, Intercultural Specialist Melissa Beard Jacob will discuss the parallels between the Native American Boarding School system in North America and how similar institutions were created in Hawaii in order to assimilate Native Hawaiian students into Euro-American cultural views and practices.

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here: go.osu.edu/dice.

 

 Breathe, Align, & Flow Yoga (DICE)

Wednesday, January 30

5:30 - 7 p.m.

Browsing Room, Morrill Tower

Come and de-stress with us by practicing yoga, through breath practices, meditation, and postures. This workshop is designed to enhance the mind-body connection to learn skills to mitigate stress, increase concentration, and improve mental and emotional well-being. Dr. Alice Chi from Counseling and Consultation Service (CCS) will be facilitating this workshop. Yoga mats can be provided, or bring your own if you have one. All levels and abilities are welcome.

There will be a capacity of 15 attendees. Please RSVP: http://go.osu.edu/APIDAHMYogaReg

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here: go.osu.edu/dice.


Pan-Asian Mental Wellness Association and Asian American Community Service Presents: A Discussion about APIDA + LGBTQ Allyship (DICE)

Thursday, January 31, 2019

6 - 8 p.m.

Jennings Hall, Rm 40

LGBTQ+ Allyship attendees will be able to understand the struggles/challenges that arise when some identifies as both APIDA and LGBTQ+ and how we can all be better allies and support the Asian-American LGBTQ+ individuals in our life.

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here: go.osu.edu/dice.


February

 What We Loved About to all the Boys I’ve Loved Before (DICE)

Friday, February 1, 2019

4-5 p.m.

Hays Cape

This session will explore themes from the film "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" and how it relates to larger topics of social justice. Students will be able to understand how diversity and inclusion can help enhance their college experience through examining movie themes. This session will cover topics of diversity and inclusion that connect "To All the Boys I've Loved Before" to help them better understand their exposure to a diversity through a fun lens.
Facilitated by Hannah Simonetti, Open Doors/BART Specialist

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here: go.osu.edu/dice.

 

Korean Student Association Presents: Korean Culture Show

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Performance Hall

6 -9:30 p.m.

KSA x KISO would like to invite you to our Korean Culture Show! There will be lots of amazing performances that you do not want to miss, so please join us at our biggest event of the year!


Asian Americans with Disabilities: The Hidden Minority (DICE)

Monday, February 4, 2019

7 p.m.

Alonso Family Room, Ohio Union

As Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans (APIDA), we grew up with a multitude of difficulties due to our cultural and ethnical identity. And due to these difficulties, we are striving to create a community that is a safe space for all members of our community.  It requires many hands to build an inclusive and prospering APIDA community. But − what if we’re missing a very important voice from an APIDA minority that was shunned by previous generations? Join us as we learn more about physical, mental, and emotional disabilities. The purpose of this workshop is to equip us with the tools to reach out to one another despite of our differences. And may we realize that are much more similar than we are different.

Facilitated by Angela Chen

Angela Chen is an undergraduate pre-dentistry student at The Ohio State University. She has dedicated her life and career in advocating and helping those with disabilities. Angela has reached out and been involved in understanding different types of disabilities throughout her college career. In the year of 2018, Angela has already presented her workshop “Asian Americans with Disabilities” at two different conferences, and has been invited by five different organizations. These conferences include the Midwest Asian American Students Union Spring Conference 2018, and East Coast Korean Camp Meeting 2018. Her workshop is largely influenced by her family which consists of an autistic sister, a mother who is a cancer survivor, and a physically-disabled father. In her workshop, Angela will mention of another key-player that inspired her to advocate for disabilities. Angela is a firm advocate that as people, we are more similar than different. Her workshop focuses on creating a safe space that invites thoughtful questions and discussion. The workshops are never aimed for the participants to feel guilty or responsible but to feel empowered and more connected to one another. Angela plans to become a dentist that helps disabled, fostered, and adopted patients. She also has a vision to advocate for all types of disabilities in her career, and throughout her life.

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here: go.osu.edu/dice.



Open Minds, Open Mic (DICE)

Wednesday, February 6, 2019

7-9 p.m.

Curl Hall

Join us for an open mic night focusing on mental health and academic stigmas in the APIDA community. Origami, snacks and beverages will be provided.

Interested in doing a piece? Please RSVP: http://go.osu.edu/OpenMindsOpenMic

Sponsored by the Office of Student Life University Housing

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here: go.osu.edu/dice.


Invisible APIDA + LGBTQ Activists (DICE)

Thursday, February 7, 2019

7 -8:30 p.m.

Milestone Room, Ohio Union

Join the LGBTQ+ and APIDA Student Initiatives as we explore and learn about the APIDA + LGBTQ+ activists from the past and present.

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here: go.osu.edu/dice.


Screening of “Searching”

Saturday, February 9, 2019

5 - 8 p.m.

Gateway

Join the APIDA Heritage Month Student Planning Committee and APIDA Cohort for a film screening and conversation of, Searching.

Radical Healing: How to Promote Healing through Social Justice Series Presents: “Self Knowledge is Self-Love” (DICE)

Tuesday, Feb 12, 2019

6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Younkin Center Room 220


There’s healing and then there is radical healing. Join the Office of Student Life Multicultural Center and Counseling and Consultation Service for a reflective discussion on what it means to heal from oppression. Learn about yourself through the historical contexts of oppression and ways to engage in healing through social activism.  

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here: go.osu.edu/dice.


Keynote Speaker Series featuring Dr. Mimi Khúc (DICE)

Thursday, February 14, 2019

Mimi Khúc, PhD, is a writer, scholar, and teacher of things unwell. Her research interests include mental health and critical disability studies, queer of color feminist critique, religion and magic, and Asian American motherhood. She is an adjunct professor of Asian American studies, religious studies, and women+gender studies, and the managing editor of The Asian American Literary Review, a DC-based arts nonprofit. She is the guest editor of Open in Emergency: A Special issue on Asian American Mental Health, an arts and humanities intervention that works to rethink and decolonize Asian American un/wellness. www.mimikhuc.com

 

Lunch Discussion about “Living and Dying on Campus: What is Mental Health?”

12 - 2 p.m.

Ohio Staters, Inc. Founders Room, Ohio Union

A conversation with Dr. Mimi Khúc on how we define and experience mental health, especially as people of color. Do our definitions capture the shape and depth of our suffering and what kinds of caring that suffering necessitates? How can the arts and humanities help us develop deeper vocabularies for capturing what hurts? How might a shift towards critical disabilities studies and ethnic studies frameworks help us expand our understanding of unwellness and develop new tools for care? And how can we ask our universities to take responsibility for our wellness and unwellness, and become structures of care? Participants will discuss approaches to mental health and work together to develop new strategies for their own wellbeing.

RSVP: http://go.osu.edu/LunchwithMimiKhuc

Why We Feel Like We Owe Everything to Our Immigrant Parents: A Conversation on Filial Debt

7- 9 p.m.

Curl Hall
Do you feel like you owe your parents for their sacrifices? How does this sense of debt--and the gratitude that it requires--shape your experiences and choices? This workshop will discuss the concept of filial debt, where it comes from, and how it shapes relationships in immigrant families. We will explore how it feels to try to be a person in the shadow of all-consuming debt to one's parents. Participants will gain new tools for understanding their own family dynamics, reflect on how to navigate them, and perhaps find new strategies of finding agency and selfhood.

Sponsored by Social Justice Engagement (SJE)

This event also counts for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about DICE and how to earn credits can be found here: go.osu.edu/dice.

 

For questions, please contact Gelli Ann Dayrit, dayrit.3@osu.edu