Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021


Each May, OPAL works with a student planning committee to host Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM), a month of events that focuses on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) history, diversity, and experiences. Throughout this month, we hope to highlight stories from AAPI members who are less represented within the community, explore how one defines their own identities, and celebrate the unique beauty that comes from our experiences of culture and adversity.

The AAPIHM student committee will be hosting a number of different programs throughout the month of May, focusing on this year's theme of Elements.

This Year's Theme

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AAPIHM 2021 Elements Logo. A flower with four yellow petals, one blue petal with waves, one orange petal with fire, one light blue petal with a spiral, and one green petal resembling a leaf.

Elements was chosen as the theme for this year because everything is composed of distinct pieces: our communities, our relationships, and ourselves. Different values and backgrounds make up each individual, different people come together to build the Dartmouth AAPI community, and different cultures compose the AAPI diaspora. By focusing on the Elements of the AAPI community, we can both emphasize the diverse range of experiences and come together as a community. Over the past year, COVID has become an element that has significantly impacted the AAPI community. Furthermore, the recent rise in racially motivated violent incidents across the nation against Asian and Asian Americans have made it increasingly important to have dialogue and raise further awareness across the institution that focuses on the experiences of the AAPI community. 

We endeavor to create opportunities for people to enhance their understanding of the AAPI community and perspectives, and would like to invite members of the Dartmouth community to join us in a month-long celebration of the shared diversity and Elements of the AAPI community. The Elements of each of us as a person and a community brings vibrance, resilience, and strength. We look forward to sharing our experiences, educating, and celebrating our accomplishments. Every Element in the AAPI and Dartmouth Community is unique, and all of them together creates an opportunity to form a unified whole.

Calendar of Events


Calendar for AAPIHM 2021

Downloadable .pdf: AAPIHM 2021 Calendar

See below for full details and additional events hosted by campus partners!

AAPIHM Bubble Tea Grab-N-Go


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Saturday, May 1st • 3:30 to 5:00 PM ET
Location: Collis Patio (while supplies last)

This year's AAPIHM kickoff event will be a Bubble Tea Grab-N-Go at the Collis Patio on Saturday, May 1st from 3:30-5:00 PM ET. Bubble tea represents an Element of a well-loved beverage within the AAPI community, and we'd like to highlight and celebrate that with the Dartmouth Community. We will also be sharing our calendar of events for May and resources on Anti-Asian violence.

This event is in collaboration with Dartmouth Asian Organization (DAO) and co-sponsored by Collis Governing Board (CGB).

Trivia in the Air


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Thursday, May 6th • 9:00 PM ET
Locations: Shabazz Lawn Tent and Zoom
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Join AAPIHM and Collis Governing Board (CGB) on Thursday, May 6th at 9:00 PM ET at the Shabazz Lawn and on Zoom for Trivia In The Air. Test your knowledge on Asian American and Pacific Islander histories, traditions, food, and pop culture!

All in-person attendees will receive a bag with various AAPI snacks and the top 3 trivia teams will win $15 gift cards to AAPI-owned businesses!

Registration for in-person participation and on Zoom is required. More details to follow.

On the Ground: Conversations on Asian Activism and Justice


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Monday, May 10th  • 6:00-8:00 PM ET
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Join us for a panel with activist-scholars Margo Okazawa-Rey and Rhacel Salazar Parreñas, and community organizers Elene Lam (from Butterfly, an Asian and migrant sex worker support network) and Betsy Yoon (from Nodutdol, a Korean diaspora community fighting against war, militarism, and colonization). They will be discussing the rise of anti-Asian violence, the importance of intersectionality and history, and the struggle for justice.

An audience Q&A will follow. This event is open to the public.


Margo Okazawa-Rey, Professor Emerita at San Francisco State University, is an activist and educator working on issues of militarism, armed conflict, and violence against women examined intersectionally. She has long-standing activist commitments in South Korea and Palestine, working closely with Du Re Bang/My Sisters Place and Women's Centre for Legal Aid and Counseling, respectively. Professor Okazawa-Rey is a founding member of the International Women's Network against Militarism and Women for Genuine Security and serves on the International Board of PeaceWomen Across the Globe in Bern, Switzerland, and Board of Directors of Association for Women's Rights in Development (AWID). Her recent publications include "Nationizing" Coalition and Solidarity Politics for US Anti-militarist Feminists, Social Justice (2020); Gendered Lives: Intersectional Perspectives, Oxford University Press (2020); "No Freedom without Connections: Envisioning Sustainable Feminist Solidarities"(2018) in Feminist Freedom Warriors: Genealogies, Justice, Politics, and Hope, Chandra Talpade Mohanty and Linda Carty (eds.); Between a Rock and Hard Place: Southeast Asian Women Confront Extractivism, Militarism, and Religious Fundamentalisms (2018).

Rhacel Salazar Parreñas is professor of sociology at the University of Southern California. She writes on the labor and migration of women from the Philippines. Her latest book Unfree: Migrant Domestic Workers in Arab States is forthcoming with Stanford University Press. She is currently writing a book on the employers of domestic workers, The Trafficker Next Door (under contract with Norton). She is currently Vice President of the American Sociological Association.

Betsy Yoon (she/they) lives and works on Lenape territory. She is a librarian and has been a member of Nodutdol since 2008. Nodutdol is a multigenerational grassroots organization fighting for peace, decolonization, and self-determination on both Turtle Island and the Korean peninsula through political education, collective action, and principled solidarity.

Elene Lam (she/her) is the founder and director of Butterfly (Asian and Migrant sex workers support network) . She has advocated for the sex workers, racial, migrant, labour and gender justice for more than 20 years.  She holds a Master of Law and Master of Social Work.  She is the PhD Candidate at McMaster University (School of Social Work). She is the recipient of the Constance E. Hamilton Award for Women's Equality of City of Toronto.

Blazing Pathways: A Conversation with Joel Kim Booster 


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Thursday, May 20th at 7:00 PM ET
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Joel Kim Booster is an LA-based comedian and writer who has been featured on Shrill, Search Party, Big Mouth, BoJack Horseman, Comedy Central, and various other TV and film credits. Join Joel to discuss topics revolving around cultural, political, and economic landscapes and how they impact the AAPI and Dartmouth community. 

We will also be hosting an in-person watch party on campus at the Hitchcock tent at 7:00 PM ET. Join us for snacks, samosas and community! All in-person attendees are required to RSVP on Engage due to limited capacity. Please note that this event is only for the Dartmouth community and you will have to use your NetID to register. 

Joel Kim Booster is a Chicago-bred, Los Angeles-based comedian and writer. This fall you can catch Joel starring in the new NBC sitcom Sunnyside. Other TV and film credits include Shrill (Hulu), Search Party (TBS), BoJack Horseman, Big Mouth, The Week Of (Netflix) and Viper Club (You Tube Premium). Alongside Patti Harrison, Joel co-hosts Unsend, a comedy central digital series where they sift through social media and highlight the weirdest and most shame worthy stuff out there. As a comedian, he appeared on Conan, The Late Late Show with James Corden, Netflix's The Fix, Comedy Central's The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, This Is Not Happening and @midnight, Logo's Comedy Cabaret and truTV's Comedy Knockout. In 2017, Joel recorded a stand-up special for Comedy Central's The Half-House, a full-length stand-up album called Model Minority and was listed as one of Esquire's "10 Comedians to Watch." Joel recently had the honor of being featured in The Hollywood Reporter's 2019 Comedy Issue as one of "Comedy's New LGBTQ Breakouts", as well as appearing on GQ's 2019 list of "7 Funny People Reshaping Comedy Right Now". Previously, he's been included in the Wall Street Journal's "Young Hollywood Portfolio" highlighting rising stars in Hollywood, Variety's 2018 "10 Comics to Watch," and Vulture's "20 Comedians You Should and Will Know." His writing credits include Billy on the Street (truTV), Big Mouth (Netflix), The Other Two (Comedy Central) and the pilot for Comedy Central's Problematic with Moshe Kasher. Follow Joel on Twitter @ihatejoelkim.

Sponsored by: Special Programs and Events Committee (SPEC), Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL), Allen House, East Wheelock House, and Tuck School of Business.

Reflections: AAPIHM Gala

Thursday, May 27th • 7:30 PM ET
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Reflections: AAPIHM Gala is the final Element of our AAPIHM 2021 celebration! In collaboration with Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA), this year's Gala will be a virtual commemoration of our graduating students and their accomplishments. Join us to reflect on the past year, hear speeches from notable alumni, and welcome graduating students into the alumni community!

AAPIHM Student Planning Committee

AAPIHM Student Coordinator: Karen Zheng '22

AAPIHM Committee Members: 

  • Caitlyn King '24
  • Connie Lu '22
  • Deborah Jung '24
  • Sheen Kim '23
  • Wenhan Sun '24

AAPIHM Logo Designed By: Annie Qiu '24

OPAL Advisor: Kayanat Paracha


AAPIHM 2021 is made possible with support from:

Special Programs and Events Committee (SPEC); Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL); African and African American Studies (AAAS); Allen House; Collis Governing Board (CGB); Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA); Department of Theater VOICES Program; East Wheelock House; English and Creative Writing Department; First Year Student Enrichment Program (FYSEP); Greek Leadership Council (GLC); Institutional Diversity and Equity (IDE); King Scholars Program; Office of Student Life; Rockefeller Center for Public Policy; Tuck Asian Business Club; Women's Gender and Sexuality Studies (WGSS)

For additional information and/or accommodations, email

Additional Events

Various groups, offices, and schools also host events for Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Check out these additional events happening throughout the month of May!

Film Screening: Raya and The Last Dragon


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Saturday, May 8th • 8:30 PM 
Kemeny Courtyard

Join the Office of Student Life and Hop Film for film screenings throughout the month of May - Saturdays at sunset.

Raya and The Last Dragon will be screening at the Kemeny Courtyard this Saturday! 

Combating Anti-Blackness in the AAPI Community 


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Tuesday, May 18th • 7:30 PM ET
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Join us for a conversation on Combating Anti-Blackness in the AAPI Community with Dr.  Anna Storti and Professor Curtiss Takada Rooks!

Dr. Anna Storti is the Guarini Dean's Postdoctoral Fellow in Asian American Studies at Dartmouth College where she holds an appointment in the Program of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies. She is at work on her first book, which traces the relationship between racial fetish and racial mixture in Asian American contemporary art and culture. In Fall 2021, she will begin as Assistant Professor of Gender, Sexuality, and Feminist Studies at Duke University where she will contribute to their expanding program in Asian American and Diaspora Studies.

Professor Curtiss Takada Rooks graduated from Dartmouth in 1979, double majoring in Asian Studies and Economics, and currently co-chairs the Class of 1979 Conversations on Race committee. He served as Associate Dean of the Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts at Loyola Marymount University for eight years before returning to the faculty as Assistant Professor and Program Coordinator, Asian Pacific American Studies. His teaching includes courses in APIA multiracial identity, TransPacific diaspora, and contemporary APIA community issues. His current research interests focus on Global Nikkei (Japanese ancestry) identity, the role of multiracial Japanese Americans in US Japan relations, and re-appropriation of self-naming among mixed race Japanese in Japan.

Sponsored by: Dartmouth Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (DAPAAA), Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) and Dartmouth Consortium of Studies in Race, Migration, and Sexuality (RMS)

Bystander Intervention to Stop Anti-Asian/American and Xenophobic Harassment


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Thursday, May 20th • 7:00 - 8:00 PM ET
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This interactive training will teach you Hollaback!'s 5Ds of bystander intervention methodology. We'll start by talking about the types of disrespect that Asian and Asian American folks are facing right now — from microaggressions to violence — using a tool we call the "spectrum of disrespect." You'll learn what to look for and the positive impact that bystander intervention has on individuals and communities. We'll talk through five strategies for intervention: distract, delegate, document, delay, and direct; and how to prioritize your own safety while intervening. We'll have time at the end for practice, and you'll leave feeling more confident intervening the next time you see Anti-Asian/American harassment online or in person. 

This event is presented by the Tuck School of Business

The Bamboo Scrim: Asian/American Underrepresentation in Theater, TV, and Film


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Monday, May 24th • 6:00 PM ET
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[scrim, n., a theater curtain that, depending on lighting, makes those behind it visible or invisible to the audience]

On Monday, May 24, at 6 p.m., APIC (Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus of Dartmouth) in association with IDE (Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity at Dartmouth) will present a live Zoom Panel/Q&A on Asian/American experiences and underrepresentation in American theater, TV, and film, featuring Raymond J. Lee and Sagan (Diane) Chen '14, who will speak on their work in the performing arts and their thoughts about the well-documented underrepresentation of Asian/Americans in the performing arts, and moderated by Professor Eng-Beng Lim (Consortium of Studies in Race, Migration, and Sexuality).  The webinar is free, and open to the general public, Dartmouth staff, faculty, and students.  After the prepared remarks, audience members will be able to ask questions of the panelists.  The event will be recorded to allow those who can't attend to view it later.  In conjunction with this panel the Theater and Music Departments are sponsoring a master class and small-group talk with Ray and Sagan for Dartmouth students.

This event is presented by the Asian and Pacific Islander Caucus and the Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity


Zoom Theater/Music Master Class with Raymond J. Lee (Broadway/TV/film/voiceover actor) and Sagan (Diane) Chen '14 (actor, director, filmmaker) 
Wednesday, May 26th • 7:00-9:00 PM ET

Ray and Sagan work with students on presenting a monologue or scene, presenting a song, acting, auditioning, or preparing a career [for students only, go to the Theater Department website for more info].

Sponsored by the Theater and Music Departments

The Business of the Theater Business, With Some Asian Perspective
Thursday, May 27th • 6:30-7:30 PM ET

A Zoom talk with Raymond J. Lee – an interactive talk about the business of the business (e.g., headshots, callbacks, voiceover, stage vs. TV), some focus on issues that Asians might face (e.g., potential problematic lines) [for students only, go to the Theater Department website for more info].

Sponsored by the Theater Department