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Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month 2019 | Multicultural Student Affairs
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Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month celebrates the collective accomplishments of the various communities that make up the APIDA population.

Known nationally as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, NC State chooses to name our celebration Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month in order to not overlook the South and East Asian populations included in the vast continent of Asia.

In June 1977, representatives of California introduced a United States House of Representatives resolution to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. In 1987, after the Congress passed a Congressional Resolution, people started to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May. Since 1992, the week-long celebration has officially prolonged to a month-long celebration in May.

May was chosen because of two significant anniversaries: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad by many Chinese laborers on May 10, 1969.

APIDA Heritage Month is celebrated on campus from March 15th to April 15th to give our students four full weeks of programming after Spring Break and before finals. This year our theme is “Pieces of Our Identity.” Our theme was inspired by our students wanting to honor all parts of their identities as APIDA students; including their race, religion, gender, sexuality, ability, and beyond!

We invite the whole campus to join our celebration by participating in as many events as possible during this year’s APIDA Heritage Month!


In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, NC State will honor requests for reasonable accommodations made by individuals with disabilities. Requests can be served more effectively if notice is provided at least 10 days before the event. For more information, please contact Multicultural Student Affairs at 919.515.3835.