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AAPI Heritage Month
May 2023

AAPI Heritage Month

Why We Celebrate 

AAPI Month Logo

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a time to celebrate our community members with Asian American and Pacific Islander backgrounds. AAPI Heritage Month takes place nationally during the month of May.


Learn More about AAPI History Nationally and at OHIO 

AAPI Float at Homecoming 2021

Start of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In 1978, Congress passed a resolution creating Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Week. In May 1992, it expanded to the observance of the month of May. 

Henry Lin

Henry Lin, 1962

Henry Lin, assistant professor of ceramics at Ohio University, stands before the facade he designed and constructed ​​​​​​for the main entrance of the Space Arts Building (Seigfried Hall) in 1962. ​Lin served as dean of the College of Fine Arts, 1972-1984.

Homecoming 2021

Homecoming 2021

In October 2021, the Athens Asian American Alliance organized the local and university AAPI communities to add AAPI presence in the Homecoming Parade for the first time.


Asian American Pacific Islander Student Union

The AAPISU was established alongside AAPI-Lead and AAAA in 2021 to round out opportunities for community members, faculty, and students to find communities where they feel seen and heard.