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AAAYA Celebrates May Heritage Month

Updated: Apr 30, 2023

Join AAAYA for the month-long celebration


On May 2, 2023, AAAYA's National Board will host the annual AAAYA General Assembly. This event also kicks-off a series of programming in May for our Yale community to celebrate Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month together! All AAAYA members* are invited to join this meeting. There, alumni will have the opportunity to hear directly from AAAYA's executive leaders on our mission, our accomplishments, and our plans for 2023 and beyond. The session will have break-out sessions for alumns to meet and greet one another. Furthermore, as a member, you'll have the opportunity to ask questions and give feedback to the Board.

AAAYA May Heritage Month programming offers an exciting opportunity for Yale alums to assemble, join virtual conversations about our community, attend a hybrid broadcast event to congratulate Yale 2023 graduates at the annual AACC Asian Graduation Ceremony, create paper masks inspired by the new AAAYA logo, purchase AAAYA swag, and participate in a virtual kitchen talk with Monique Truong (YC'90) and Dr. Tao Leigh Groffe (PhD GSAS’15). See list of events below to RSVP.

Congress created Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week in 1978, setting aside early May to coincide with two milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) in the United States, and Chinese workers’ role in building the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869. In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.

We hope you'll join us during this year's May Heritage Month in reflection and celebration of the remarkable role of the AANHPI community in our nation’s history. We hope our community is able to use this time to learn from one another and share our rich heritage together.

Questions about AAAYA May Heritage Month Events, please contact Maria Lee (YC '89) AAAYA National Board Heritage Month Programming, or Austin Baik (YC'11) President, AAAYA National Board


May Heritage Month Events:

Kitchen Talk flyer
Kitchen Talk: Food Histories, Literature, and Afro-Asian Archives in the Americas


New Logo

The Board commissioned a new logo for the organization to establish a modern visual identity and better align with Yale’s brand identity. Board Member Tao Leigh Goffe’s (PhD GSAS’15) thoughtful essay on the design process and symbolism of the logo can be read here. New logo merch is now available for May Heritage Month. Place your orders before Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 9pm PST/ 12pm EST.


Support AAAYA with a Donation

These events, as well as our national operations, are funded through the generosity of our alumni community. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation** to help sustain our operations and keep our events free to the community.

Thank you again for your continued support and engagement!

*AAAYA recognizes as "member" any alumnus/na of Yale, irrespective of race or ethnic heritage. An alumnus/na is defined as someone who has completed at least one semester in a degree-conferring program.

**AAAYA is a registered 501c3 non-profit

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