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APIDA - Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi / American Students

APID/A - Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi / American

APID/A Students at Texas State

Asian Pacific Islander Desi/American (APID/A)

encompasses people from all of the Asian continent, India, and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. The programs, resources and opportunities on this page are intended to support APID/A students at Texas State University.

Asian / Pacific American Heritage Month - May 2021

Celebrate Asian / Pacific American Heritage Month

Courtesy of Great Big Story

Asian American History in 4 Minutes

Courtesy of Generasian

Asian / Pacific American Heritage Month is observed in the United States from May 1st to May 31st. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the first immigrants from Japan on May 7th, 1843. Texas State University observes the Heritage month in April to not only recognize but celebrate and honor the efforts and achievements of Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi/Americans in the US. 

While there is a month to recognize the resilient efforts and contributions from the Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi/American community, it is equally important to acknowledge that celebrating and uplifting APID/A identities and communities is not limited to the month. Additionally, raising awareness of the experiences and needs of Asian, Pacific Islander, and Desi/American.

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  • Sakura Festivals trace their roots back to ancient Japan, where the cherry blossom was considered to symbolize a life lived to the fullest, no matter how brief. The Sakura Festival is also a reminder of fresh beginnings and the renewal of the spirit that comes with spring. It is an opportunity for the entire San Marcos community to immerse themselves into a wide variety of Japanese culture. 

  • 'Holi' the festival of colors celebrated in India, particularly with dance, food, music, and colored powder to offer a spring parallel of Navratri. On the day before, a bonfire is lit in the main squares of the villages and colonies. People gather around and celebrate the event with singing and dancing, which is symbolic of the victory of good over evil.  Join Indian Student Association as they continue this tradition, and experience their rich culture through the food.

  • Diwali, a five-day celebration honoring the victory of good over evil, is recognized in India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and Singapore, among other countries. The Indian Student Association is responsible for its annual recognition at Texas State.

  • The APID/A Cultural Showcase is a cultural celebration of heritage, culture, and ancestry, and coordinated by APID/A Student Council.

Speak Your Peace: Stop Asian Hate

Friday, March 26, 2021
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Virtual via Zoom 

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A stop-and-go healing space for support and community on Texas State University campus. This is an intentional and designated space for community members who identify as Asian, Pacific Islander, Desi/American (APID/A). 

Viewing of PBS Docuseries: Asian Americans

Join us in April 2021

April 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30, 2021
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Virtual via Zoom

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PBS Documentary Series: Asian Americans

Video courtesy of KQED

Behind the Name

Tuesday, April 6, 2021
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Virtual via Zoom

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Every name has a story whether it was given, earned or even a nickname. Have you ever thought about the story that your name carries or the story you want to tell through your name?  Join us as we explore the story behind your name through poetry!

A Conversation with Alex Jenny

April 20, 2021
7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Virtual via Zoom

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Presented by:

APID/A Student Council
Texas State University's Center for Diversity and Gender Studies
University of Texas at Austin's Gender and Sexuality Center

Asian Student Showcase

April 23, 2021
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual via Zoom

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Presented by:

APID/A Student Council

Filipino Student Association

Indian Student Association 

Korean Culture Club 

Vietnamese Student Association

Institutional Inclusive Excellence - Student Initiatives 

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