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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 members 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. 

The theme for APIDA Heritage Month 2020 is "Discover Your Fire"

If you would like to add your program to the APIDA Heritage Month calendar, please email Angie Wellman

Below you will find a partial listing of upcoming events. Check back often for additional programs and events!

We strive to host inclusive, accessible events that enable all individuals, including individuals with disabilities, to engage fully. To ask questions about accessibility or request accommodations, please contact Angie Wellman at 614-688-8449 At least two weeks' advance notice will help us to provide seamless access. For more information and/or to request accommodations assistance at events you may also visit this website:

All events listed below also count for 1 DICE Credit toward your DICE Certificate. More information about how to participate can be found here:


Title: Cooking and Conversation: The Love Language of Food

Date and Time: January 17th, 6-9 PM

Location: Ohio Union Instructional Kitchen

Description: Join us in an evening of cooking and conversation about food and the “Five Love Languages!” For many of us, food IS our love language, as well as the primary transmitter of our family’s traditions and heritage. Student organizations from across campus will be cooking up cherished family recipes and sharing their stories of love and tradition that surround each dish. Come ready to set the table for a discussion on food and its place in Dr. Gary Chapman’s “Five Love Languages” model. Will food stand alone as its own love language? You decide!


Title: A History of Forced Family Separations

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 22, 2020 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Location: Ohio Union, Rosa Ailabouni Room

Description: The forced separation of families is not a new concept in the United States and it has been happening for centuries. This presentation will discuss the history of family separation and child removal through slavery, the Native American boarding school system, Japanese Internment Camps and the current detainment of immigrants occurring along the U.S./Mexico border.


Title: Am I ____________ Enough?

Date and Time: January 22nd, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Barbie Tootle Room

Description: Join the Student Life Multicultural Center’s Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Student Cohort and the Transracial Adoptee Organization (TAO) at Ohio State for “Am I ________ Enough?” an exploration of the intersections of culture and identity. As many of us have experienced, society often assigns discrete identities to individuals, asking us to fit ourselves into a single box regarding race, ethnicity, gender, nationality, etc. But what if our identity falls in the spaces between boxes?  What happens when there is no box to represent you, your family, and the many different components that are part of our stories? “Am I ________ Enough?”  explores these questions about our social identities and focuses on how we can define our own identity, just as we are. 


Title: TASA Tangyuan Night

Date and Time: Wednesday, January 22, 2020, 8 – 9 p.m.

Location: Scott Kitchen

Description: Celebrate the Lunar New Year with TASA! We will be making tangyuan, a sweet soup dumpling made of glutinous rice flour stuffed with tasty fillings like red bean or sesame. Traditionally eaten around New Year’s, their round shape symbolizes unity of friends and family. Welcome the Year of the Rat by making tangyuan with TASA! Remember that anyone can cook!


Title: Vulnerabili-TEA

Date and Time: Thursday, January 23, 2020 from 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Location: Barbie Tootle Room

Description: Join the Student Life Multicultural Center’s Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Student Initiative and the Women Student Initiatives (WSI) to sit down with a nice hot cup of tea and talk about gender norms and stereotypes and its impact on our mental health. Everyone has been affected by stereotypes, whether they are gender or ethnic driven. But how do these stereotypes affect our own perceptions of self-worth? Do stereotypes create pressures that are anxiety provoking? Bring your mugs and connect with fellow peers as we look for a direction towards self-care!


Title: CASA x Echo Studio Chinese New Year

Date and Time: Saturday, January 25, 2020, 6 – 9 p.m.

Location: Ohio Union, Performance Hall

Description: ????! The Chinese American Student Association and the Echo Studio would like to invite everyone to our FREE Lunar New Year Show to celebrate the Year of the Rat! Lunar New Year, known as ?? (Spring Festival) in China, 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.

Join us in our show “Mystery of the Rat” as we partake in a murder mystery. We will also have many acts lined up including singing, dancing, martial arts and much more! There will also be various raffles throughout the night with some amazing prizes, so be sure to come out celebrate the new year with us. We can't wait to see everyone there!

Doors open at 6 p.m., Show starts at 6:30 p.m. If you would like to volunteer, please fill out this form.


Title: Screening of "The Farewell"  + Conversation About Community, Family & Generational Expectations

Date and Time: January 29, 2020, 6-9 p.m.

Location: Alonso Family Room of the Multicultural Center

Description: In this funny, uplifting tale based on an actual lie, Chinese-born, U.S.-raised Billi (Awkwafina) reluctantly returns to Changchun to find that, although the whole family knows their beloved matriarch, Nai-Nai, has been given mere weeks to live, everyone has decided not to tell Nai Nai herself. To assure her happiness, they gather under the joyful guise of an expedited wedding, uniting family members scattered among new homes abroad.

As Billi navigates a minefield of family expectations and proprieties, she finds there’s a lot to celebrate: a chance to rediscover the country she left as a child, her grandmother’s wondrous spirit, and the ties that keep on binding even when so much goes unspoken.

With The Farewell, writer/director Lulu Wang has created a heartfelt celebration of both the way we perform family and the way we live it, masterfully interweaving a gently humorous depiction of the good lie in action with a richly moving story of how family can unite and strengthen us, often in spite of ourselves.

Join us for this free screening and conversation afterwards. Everyone is welcome.


Title: One Asian Nation

Date and Time: January 31; Doors Open at 6 pm and Program begins at 7 pm

Location: Ohio Union Ballroom

Description: The Asian American Association and Student Life Multicultural Center at The Ohio State University are proud to announce the collaboration effort on this year's One Asian Nation 2020. The theme for this year’s OAN is Limitless. In our society living as APIDA individuals, it is almost inescapable to encounter a roadblock. An obstruction in our path. A limit. But shown through this year's theme, Limitless, we want to empower all APIDA students to set a path and mindset where, "Your dreams and goals are limitless, nothing can stop them and you can do whatever you set your mind to."

The event will be a wonderful opportunity for the diverse community here at OSU to come together for a night for eating food, making friends, and showing support to the OAN Contestants this year who will be competing for the two top places announced at the end of the event. Enjoy their diverse talents, witness them wearing their cultural attire, and be inspired by their reflections and insights during the Question & Answer portion of this multifaceted night. Interested in more than just cheering them on?

At the end of the show, the audience will be given a chance to cast votes to influence who they feel is most deserving to be crowned the winners of OAN!The top two contestants after the audience and judges cast their votes will be able to donate the proceeds of the night to a charity of their choice or have the opportunity to use the money to head an event that will bring awareness to a cause they feel most passionate about.

TICKETS ARE REQUIRED FOR THIS EVENT: You can purchase tickets at this link:


Title: OSU VSA 21st Annual Culture Show: Di De Tro Ve

Date and Time: Saturday, February 1, 2020, 7 – 10 p.m.

Location: Ohio Union, US Bank Conference Theater

Description: The Vietnamese Student Association at The Ohio State University kindly presents the 21st Annual Culture Show: Di De Tro Ve

Every experience is a story waiting to be told; a story waiting to be learned from. "Di De Tro Ve" (“Coming Home”) is a phrase encapsulating the bittersweet reality of being human. To grow, you must dig far and deep into the earth, taking in all that the world has to offer. And to blossom, you must return home and share all that you have seen. Trees do not reach far into the sky if their roots remain at the foot of the trunk. Likewise, we cannot thrive if we remain comfortable and we may lose ourselves if we forget where we came from. With a series of extravagant yet whimsical performances, the production showcases the traditional and contemporary sounds and visuals of Vietnam.


Our funds this year will be directly supporting their "Summer 2020 English Teaching and Cultural Exchange Program.” This project is geared towards the underprivileged and ethnic minority children in the highland mountains of Vietnam to improve their skills in the English language, understanding the moral and ethical principles evident in modern society, and assisting their adeptness towards computer usage. The outcomes of this project will build a foundation for children to succeed in their future, whether it involves sparking their interest in furthering their education or attaining success in the workforce they enter.

Registration Information: Link to Registration Form:


Title: APIDA Activism 101

Date and Time: February 5th, 5 PM-6 PM

Location: Alonso Family Room

Description: Yuri Kochiyama. Richard Aoki. Grace Lee Boggs. Do you know these APIDA activists’ names? If you answered “no”, you are not alone. APIDA activism has long been overlooked and/or ignored throughout our nation’s history. This erasure often leads us to assume that there is no desire for activism in the APIDA community when, in fact, the APIDA activist community has strong roots that continue to deepen through present-day APIDA individuals and organizations.

The Student Life Multicultural Center’s Social Justice Engagement team invites you to explore the significance of this activist community in APIDA Activism 101, an APIDA heritage month event that will highlight the history of APIDA activism. From the present-day and historical solidarity between the APIDA community and other minoritized communities, to learning how to sustain activism within communities of color, we invite you join us, learn more, and be inspired by the APIDA activist community. 


Title: Korean Culture Show

Date and Time: February 14, 2020 at 6 p.m.

Location: Performance Hall of the Ohio Union

Description: The Korean Culture Show, held jointly by the Korean Student Association and the Korean International Student Organization, showcases various cultural, traditional, and musical performances by and for students. This is KSA and KISO's biggest event of the year. All are welcome, no ticket required and this event is completely free!