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Asian and Asian Pacific American Alumni Network

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Events

AAPAAN celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2022 with a series of virtual events

AAPI Representation in the Arts

Wednesday, April 27, 2022, 7:00-8:00PM

Join us for a panel discussion moderated by Alexandra Chiou with fellow UVA alumni Sarah Gambito, Sylvia Kwan, and Marina Tyquiengco about Asian American Pacific Islander representation in the arts. Panelists will share their personal experiences navigating creative industries as AAPI and their perspectives on fostering AAPI representation in the visual, literary, and performing arts.

Register for the Panel 


Optimizing Health in Times of Great Change: A Conversation on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and Functional Medicine

Monday, May 2, 2022, 6:00-7:00PM 

From ancient wisdom to cutting-edge science, a complementary and integrated system of medicine is here and growing fast. Join our speakers for an interactive conversation on Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM) and functional medicine, where they will explore prevention and personalized care to optimize health and wellbeing in these dynamic times.

Register for the Conversation


Challenges faced by Asian and Pacific Indigenous Communities and Current Advocacy Efforts – CANCELLED

Monday, May 9, 2022, 7:00-8:00PM 

Indigenous communities around the world face the same harsh reality of being evicted from their ancestral land and being denied the opportunity to exercise their sovereignty. In this session, we will be exploring challenges faced by indigenous communities in the context of the United States and the Philippines. Concepts of indigeneity and self determination will be explored in two case studies: Chamorros from the US territory of Guam and the Lumads from the Southern part of the Philippines. Emerson Fellow, Julie Bautista, will be discussing the indigenous landscape in US Public Policy and Archaeologist, Andrea Ragragio, will be exploring the internal displacement of Lumads due to militarization and counterinsurgency conflicts in Mindanao.


AAPI Advancement Award – Award Ceremony

Monday, May 16, 2022, 6:30-8:00PM 

In this closing event, AAPAAN celebrates AAPI achievements at UVA and beyond with a series of TED Talk-style presentations from alumna Wendy Shang and professors Shilpa Davé, Charles A. Laughlin, and Syaru Shirley Lin. We will also present the AAPI Advancement Award to Professor Shu-Chen Chen, known as Chen Laoshi to her students, for her dedication to her teaching and her countless contributions to the Department of East Asian Languages, Literature, and Culture, and to the University community.


Karaoke & Book Club*

Tuesday, May 10, 2022, 6:30-8:30PM

Join us to discuss Crying in H Mart – and afterwards, dust off your singing voice for karaoke at Gagopa! Snacks will be provided – please feel free to bring your own dinner or beverages (there are also beverages available for purchase). Then, we’ll culminate the evening with karaoke!

*In-person event jointly hosted by the UVA Club of NYC and AAPAAN

Karaoke & Book Club Sign-Up


Noguchi Museum Outing*

Saturday, June 4, 2022, 1:30-3:00PM 

Join STUDIO and UVA’s Asian and Asian Pacific American Alumni Association (AAPAAN) for a collaborative visit to the Noguchi Museum, a museum and sculpture garden designed and created by the Japanese-American sculptor and activist Isamu Noguchi. We’ll be visiting on the June AAPI Community Day, which includes special programming from the artists on exhibition.

*In-person event jointly hosted by the UVA Club of NYC and AAPAAN

Visit the Noguchi Museum