Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2016

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) 2016

Monday, May 23

Tuesday, May 24

  • 2:00-4:00pm: Briefing on Asian American and Pacific Islanders 2040: Our Future. Hosted by APAICS* and UCLA Nexus. Join us for a discussion on where the Asian American and Pacific Islander community will be by the year 2040 within the social, economic and political context of the United States. Members of Congress and authors of AAPI Nexus Journal essay authors have been invited to share their findings, perspectives and policy outlook towards the year 2040. 402 Cannon House Office Building. RSVP here.

  • 4:00-5:00pm: Panel - Lights, Camera, Asian!: Join Mnet America -- the leading Asian American entertainment network -- in collaboration with the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus -- for a panel discussion with some of the most prominent Asian American actors and industry experts. 402 Cannon House Office Building. RSVP here.
  • 5:30-7:30pm: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Reception Hosted by Mnet America, APAICS & NCAPA in collaboration with Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) at Rayburn House Office Building Room B369. RSVP here.

  • Association of Asian Pacific Community Health Organizations (AAPCHO) AA&NHPI Health Center Summit in Atlanta, GA.

Wednesday, May 25

  • 9am-5pm: National AAPI Business Summit Hosted by: Minority Business Development Agency (Dept. of Commerce) with WHIAAPI. Location: U.S. Department of Commerce (1401 Constitution Ave NW) Register by May 18.

Thursday, May 26

  • 3:30pm: National AAPI DACA Video Tour on the Hill Hosted by National Korean American Service & Education Consortium (NAKASEC)*. Capitol Visitor Center Room HVC-215. For more information, contact eakessel@nakasec.org.
  • 6:00-8:00pm: NAKASEC Happy Hour Fundraiser at Dirty Martini

Friday, May 27

  • 9:00am-12:00pm: AAPI Aging Listening Session. Hosted by National Asian Pacific Center on Aging (NAPCA)* and WHIAAPI in Seattle. For more information: tyrell@napca.org.

Saturday, May 28 - Sunday, May 29

  • 10:00am-9:00pm: Crosslines: A Culture Lab on Intersectionality. Hosted by Smithsonian APA Center. A creative convening of art installations, performances and dialogues that explore the theme of intersectionality. We recognize intersectional identities as those formed through artistic, cultural and historic encounters across race, class, gender, sexuality and more. Smithsonian Arts and Industries Building (DC). RSVP here.

*NCAPA Member

More updates and events to be added soon. Stay tuned!


NCAPA member the Center for Asian American Media (CAAM) has the following titles that will be broadcast during APAHM on public television. Please check your local listings.

CHANGING SEASON: ON THE MASUMOTO FAMILY FARM (60 MINS) (2015)

Directed by Jim Choi

Produced by Don Young

CHANGING SEASON chronicles a transitional year-in-the-life of famed farmer, slow food advocate, and sansei, David “Mas” Masumoto, and his compelling relationship with daughter Nikiko, who returns to the family farm with the intention of stepping into her father’s work boots. The film is interspliced with moments of Nikiko’s razor sharp meditations on her family’s internment during WWII and her role as a queer, progressive farmer in the Central Valley.

GIAP'S LAST DAY AT THE IRONING BOARD FACTORY (30 mins) (2015)

Directed by Tony Nguyen

Produced by Steven Okazaki

The son of a single mom, who escaped from the Fall of Saigon in 1975, Tony Nguyen tracks back to his Indiana hometown to reconnect with his mother on her retirement. As he documents his and his mother’s journey, contrasting rural American imagery with Vietnamese subjects, the film captures the refugee history of adapting to life in the US.

CHINESE COUPLETS (60 mins) (2015)

Directed by Felicia Lowe

Part memoir, part history, part investigation, the filmmaker’s search for answers about her mother’s emigration to America during the Chinese Exclusion era reveals the often painful price paid by immigrants who abandoned their personal identity, the burden of silence they passed on to their offspring and the intergenerational strife between immigrants and their American born children.

OPERATION POPCORN (80 mins.) (2016)

Directed by David Grabias

When Hmong businessman Locha Thao rises to prominence in his community, rubbing shoulders with the likes of Colin Powell, he decides to answer a call-to-action to help the Hmong people fighting for their lives against violent attacks from the communist Lao government. In an attempt to make his community proud and become a hero, Locha’s mission becomes intertwined with a screenwriter, a former US colonel and an arms dealer in an intriguing real-life story.

THE LAST SEASON (80 mins)

Directed by Sara Dosa

"The Last Season" tells the story of Cambodian freedom fighter and refugee Kouy Loch in the rain-soaked woods of Central Oregon in the seasonal search of the matsutake mushroom, who finds something else in the woods: a new family & the means to heal the scarring wounds of war in Southeast Asia.