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Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month

The Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month is a month-long celebration and uplifting of Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) identities, experiences, histories and cultures. Nationally, APIDA Heritage Month is recognized in May. Becasue this is after the end of the academic year, we center our programming during January and February.

The Student Life Multicultural Center creates and highlights programming that centers the APIDA experience, and aims to inspire confidence, pride and deepened interest in what it means to move through the world as an APIDA individual.

The APIDA Heritage Month theme for 2022 is “Discover Your Fire.” Together we will explore issues that you are passionate about, ideas that evoke high emotion, and our shared investment in celebrating and uplifting APIDA identities, experiences, histories and cultures. The dates the month will be recognized are January 14 through February 12, 2022.

Visit to submit your program or event for inclusion in the calendar.


APIDA Heritage Month Kick Off Photo Op -- *Free T-Shirt and Tech Sticker!!*

January 18, Noon - 8 p.m.

What’s Your Story Lounge - Student Life Multicultural Center in the Ohio Union

In celebration of the kick-off to Ohio State's APIDA Heritage Month, the theme of this photo opportunity event is focused on discovering your fire. Stop by the MCC to share what you are passionate about, what motivates you and what is most important to you. Make your sign and snap a picture! All participants will receive a free t-shirt and tech sticker. Come by yourself or come with friends.


Hasan Minhaj

January 22 at 7 p.m.

Palace Theater – Downtown Columbus

D-Tix Lottery January 10 and 11

A first generation American, Hasan Minhaj was the host and creator of the weekly comedy show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj that premiered on Netflix in October 2018 and was recognized for a 2020 Television Academy Honor. Hasan is back with a brand-new one-man show, “The King’s Jester,” wherein he returns to his storytelling roots. Follow this link to D-Tix.


Communities in Crisis: Covid, Racism, and the Ongoing Struggle

January 24 from 5:30 - 7 p.m.

Location: Zoom

The Center for Ethnic Studies (CES) will be hosting a forum on “Communities in Crisis: Covid, Racism, and the Ongoing Struggle” with the Director of 1DivineLine2Health, Esther Flores, Ohio Progressive Asian Women’s Leadership (OPAWL), Asian American Community Services of Central Ohio (AACS) and Native American Indian Center of Central Ohio (NAICCO), on Monday, January 24 from 5:30 - 6:50 p.m. The forum will take place in Zoom. Registration is required for participating in this free and open to the public event. Visit their website for additional information:

This event is free and open to the public. Link to event website


Vietnamese Lunar New Year (T?t)

January 25 at 7:00 p.m.

Creative Arts Room - Ohio Union

T?t (Vietnamese New Year) is the most loved and most important celebration in the Vietnamese culture, filled with centuries of tradition welcoming another year of fortune, love, and good harvest. This T?t, the Vietnamese Student Association presents various traditional games while also experience insights on the vibrant colors and music associated with the Vietnamese Lunar New Year. It will be held on Tuesday, January 25th at the Ohio Union Creative Arts Room starting at 7:00 PM.


We're Not Your Model: Dismantling the Asian Model Minority Myth

January 27 at 2 p.m.

Virtual - Register online

Join The Office of Diversity and Inclusion in a discussion of the “Model Minority” myth’s historical roots in white supremacy, and discover ways to dismantle the myth, reduce its harmful impacts on our everyday lives, and reclaim an empowered Asian and APIDA identity.


Chinese New Year

January 28 at 6 p.m.

Performance Hall - Ohio Union

This year, Chinese New Year is on February 1st, 2022 and is the Year of the Tiger! To celebrate, the Chinese American Student Association in collaboration with OSU ECHO will be holding our biggest event of the year, our annual Chinese New Year show! Come join us for a packed night of singing, dancing, martial arts, and so much more!

For the safety of all attendees, a negative COVID test within the last 72 hours AND proof of full vaccination is required for entrance (booster shot is not mandatory). Also, everyone must be wearing a mask properly at all times during the event. To further safety measures, we’re capping off at 300 attendees on a first come first served basis. For those who can not attend, we will also be live streaming the event (details to come, please visit our Instagram page @casaatosu).


Lunar New Year Party

January 30 at 8 p.m. (Start joining from 7:40 pm--a short video about the Lunar New Year will be shown)

Location: UPDATED-- Moved to Virtual Livestreaming Format at:

Join International Friendships, Inc. to celebrate the Lunar New Year and the “Year of the Tiger” with people from many nations. There will be fun quizzes, awesome prizes (including gift cards), a unique message about how the Lunar Year relates to the Bible. If you are from a country that does not celebrate the Lunar New Year, this is a wonderful opportunity to learn and experience something new! Please hop in, make friends, win the prizes, and have fun!
You can register online.


Straight A’s: Discussion Exploring APIDA Experiences in Higher Education

January 31 at 1 p.m.


This Student Life Multicultural Center discussion will offer an opportunity for APIDA students to share their experiences at Ohio State in relationship to finding community, connecting with others from similar backgrounds and battling the "model minority" stereotype in the classroom, in internships and moving into the workplace. This program will also be an opportunity to share tips and tools with one another on how to manage it all.

The conversation will be aligned with themes from the book “Straight A's: Asian American College Students in Their Own Words.” The first ten attendees will receive a free copy.

All are welcome to attend. The experiences of those with an APIDA heritage will be centered in the discussion. Registration Closed.


ABSA x PDP Lunar New Year Event

January 31 at 6 p.m.

Great Meeting Hall Room 3 - Ohio Union 

Join us for a celebration hosted by the Asian Business Student Association and Pi Delta Psi. We will be having a night full of games, food, performances, and great company! All are welcome to join us on January 31st from 6-8pm at the Ohio Union Great Hall Meeting Room 3. Register for the event here.


Taiwanese American Student Association - Karaoke Night

February 2 at 8 p.m.

Bowen House

Join TASA for a night of singing galore! Karaoke to your favorite songs (Taiwanese or not) with us!


Finding Your Fire: APIDA Open Mic Night

Sponsor: MCC

As we continue to celebrate Ohio State's APIDA Heritage Month, the theme of this Student Life Multicultural Center open mic event is focused on stories about discovering your fire. Come share your music, poetry, short stories, jokes or spoken word performance—whatever way you want to express yourself!

The open mic is open to the campus community; however, the intent of this event is to center APIDA identities and experiences. If you would like to perform, email wellman.63 to be added.


Stuck between Two Worlds, Conversation among First Generation Immigrants

February 7 at 4 p.m.

Virtual - Register online

Join the Student Life Multicultural Center for conversations around the meaning of belonging as a first-generation immigrant, students will have conversations around identity, familial pressures, struggles and how their experiences have shape who they are.


Shattering the Glass Skin: How Asian Beauty Standards Drive Us

February 7 at 7 p.m.

Torres Think Tank - Torres House 

The Society of Asian Scientists and Engineers (SASE) will be collaborating with the Delta Phi Lambda Sorority to host a discussion on the impact of hegemonic Asian Beauty Standards. Both organizations are rooted in Asian heritage and can provide diverse yet unique discussion starters. At the event, participants will be provided supplies to paint something that is beautiful to them, driving the conversation.


Filipino-American Awareness Workshop

February 10 at 5:30 p.m.

Independence Hall

The Pilipino Student Association will be hosting an educational workshop on the history of the Filipino migration into the U.S. and Ohio. The workshop will be a collaborative event with the Asian American Association (AAA) on campus where there will be collaborative conversations about identity, teaching Tagalog and a debate about the westernization on the language, and an opportunity to play traditional Filipino games. The workshop will be held in Independence Hall on February 10 at 5:30 - 7:30 p.m. 


Community Organizing with Dr. Suparna Bhaskaran

February 10 at 6 p.m.

Virtual - Register online


Join the Student Life Multicultural Center's Women Student Initiatives on February 10 at 6 p.m. on Zoom to hear from guest speaker Dr. Suparna Bhaskaran, Lecturer in Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies.

Dr. Bhaskaran will be talking about her experiences as a community organizer, activist, and advocate for APIDA communities locally and internationally. Learn more about Dr. Bhaskaran.


One Asian Nation

February 12 at 6 p.m.

Archie Griffin Ballroom – Ohio Union

Resolve, determination and persistence are ways that we define perseverance. This past year has been filled with turmoil and uncertainty, and yet despite it all, we have kept moving forward. But even disregarding this previous year's events, we as APIDA individuals will always have to face roadblocks. What matters is that we keep going. We stand up again. We persevere. 

Through this year's theme, Perseverance, we want to empower all APIDA students to keep this drive and determination through tough times in order to achieve your goals and see another sunrise. 
One Asian Nation (OAN) is an annual charity banquet that is hosted by the Asian American Association to bring the Ohio State Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) community together for a night of cultural exchange and celebration. It is sponsored by the Student Life Multicultural Center. Tickets required.


Community Movie Night: Screening of “Raya and the Last Dragon”

February 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Student Life Multicultural Center – Ohio Union

It’s cold outside! Come on in, join OUAB and the MCC in an evening relaxing, grab a bag of popcorn and settle in for a movie with your friends. “Raya and the Last Dragon” is a Disney movie set in the fictional land of Kumandra, where humans and dragons lived together in harmony long ago. But when an evil force threatened the land, the dragons sacrificed themselves to save humanity. Now, 500 years later, that same evil has returned and it’s up to a lone warrior, Raya, to track down the legendary last dragon to restore the fractured land and its divided people. However, along her journey, she’ll learn that it’ll take more than a dragon to save the world—it’s going to take trust and teamwork as well.

According to writer Adele Lim, the fictional land of Kumandra is inspired by the cultures of Southeast Asia. Raya is also Disney’s first Southeast Asian princess, and is voiced by Kelly Marie Tran, the first Southeast Asian actor to lead an animated feature from the studio. Representation matters. Did Disney get it right? Let’s talk about it. All are welcome; no need to RSVP. (Note: screening license pending)


VSA's 23rd Annual Culture Show: "Gánh Me."

February 19 at 7 p.m.

U.S. Bank Conference Theatre - Ohio Union

“Gánh M?” is a figurative phrase that describes the weight a mother carries. In a literal sense a “gánh” is used to physically describe her carrying baskets of food or goods that provide for her family. However, it holds a much more; an image of tireless devotion and an endurance that carries (driven by the) the purest of love in a mother’s heart, incomparably unconditional. This year’s production: “Gánh M?” is a homage to all mothers and mother figures in our lives as well as showcasing the traditional and contemporary sounds and visuals of Vietnam brought to you by OSU students of the Vietnamese Student Association. The show will be held on February 19th starting at 7:00 PM at the U.S. Bank Conference Theatre. Register for this event here.


Please contact Angie Wellman with any questions about APIDA Heritage Month 2022.