Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi & Asian American Heritage Month

Branches of pink cherry blossoms

Case Western Reserve University celebrated Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi and Asian American Heritage throughout the month of May 2021.

Student organizations, campus offices and community partners came together to organize a calendar full of events to help the university community celebrate, learn and better support students, staff, faculty and alumni of Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi, and Asian American heritage.

Here's a look at the events and activities:


Screening of The Farewell

Saturday, May 1

4 pm | Strosacker Auditorium

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the CWRU Film Society invite you to watch the funny, uplifting 2019 film The Farewell starring Awkwafina, Tzi Ma, Diana Lin, Zhao Shuzhen, Lu Hong, which is based on a real-life lie. 


Dr. Mamta Accapadi: Supporting the APIDA Community at CWRU & Beyond

Friday, May 7

2 pm | Zoom

Join the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Undergraduate Indian Student Association, South Asian Law Students Association, Asian American Alliance and Pakastani Student Association for this event with Dr. Mamta Accadpadi, Vice Provost for University Life at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Accapadi is a national leader in university student affairs, whose career has been devoted to the goals of inclusion, community, and social justice.


AsiaTown Tour

Saturday, May 8

4pm | AsiaTown

Explore the wonderful offerings of AsiaTown Cleveland!


A Conversation with Peter Ho Davies

Friday, May 14

12 pm | Livestream 

The Office of Multicultural Affairs, Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative and Anisfield Wolf Fellows are hosting a conversation with Peter Ho Davies, author of The Fortunes, which recasts American history through the lives of Chinese Americans. The Fortunes is a winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for literature that confronts racism and examines diversity and is also a New York Times Notable Book. 


The Classroom, The Boardroom, Every Room: Asian & AAPI Experiences at CWRU & Beyond

Friday, May 14

3 pm | Virtual

Engage with a panel featuring Case Western Reserve Asian and AAPI students, faculty/staff, and alumni to learn more about their experiences. Hosted by the Office for Inclusion, Diversity and Equal Opportunity, Center for International Affairs and Inamori International Center for Ethics and Excellence. 


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

Thursday, May 20

5 pm | Zoom


Alex Luu: Poetry Performance and Q&A

Saturday, May 22

4 pm | Zoom

The Office of Multicultural Affairs and the Undergraduate Diversity Collaborative are hosting this poetry performance and Q&A session with Alex Luu, an Asian American writer, performer, and speaking artist.


AsiaTown Tour

Saturday, May 22

4 pm | AsiaTown

Explore the wonderful offerings of AsiaTown Cleveland!


Identity and Community at CWRU & Beyond

Wednesday, May 26

6 pm | Virtual

Featuring members of The Alumni Association Board of Directors, this panel discussion will explore diverse experiences centered in identity and community, including experiences as a student at CWRU and within professional and personal journeys beyond graduation. This program is hosted by the Alumni Association of Case Western Reserve University. 


The Nepal Project

Saturday, May 29

10 am | Zoom

The Health & Human Trafficking Law Clinic from the Case Western Reserve School of Law presents the Nepal Project, featuring former U.S. Department of State Fellow, and human rights activist Saurav Rimal. Saurav has received recognition for his work from such institutions as the U.S. Embassy, the Indian and Nepalese governments, and the U.N, and he has partnered with the Health & Human Trafficking Law Clinic to start the Nepal Project, which seeks to address humanitarian needs in Nepal including education, infrastructure, human rights, and environmental issues. 



Vincent Who? Documentary and Discussion

University Health and Counseling Services and the Center for International Affairs invite Case Western Reserve departments, offices and organizations to watch the documentary Vincent Who? and discuss takeaways from the film. These discussion questions have been created to help guide these discussions.

Vincent Who? is about a Chinese-American named Vincent Chin who was murdered in Detroit by two white autoworkers in 1982 at the height of anti-Japanese sentiments arising from massive layoffs in the auto industry. Chin's killers got off with a $3,000 fine and 3 years probation, but no jail time. Outraged by this injustice, Asian Americans around the country united for the first time across ethnic and socioeconomic lines to form a pan-Asian identity and civil rights movement.