Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

In recognition of the 2022 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, St. John’s University’s Office of Multicultural Affairs has organized a multicampus, hybrid celebration under this year’s theme, “Hidden Gems: Discovering Our Cultural Treasures.

At this time we honor the rich and diverse cultures, legacy, traditions, histories, and contributions made by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). In this year’s theme, we explore the often unaddressed, but very prominent impact that the AAPI community has on this nation. Join us as we explore their roles in pop culture, music, fashion, film, social justice, and so much more! 

We invite you to join the St. John’s University community in the early celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage with events organized throughout the month of April. Nationally, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated annually in May.

Featured Events

Saving Our Treasures: a Young Activists Panel

Date: Tuesday, April 5
Time: 1:50–3:15 p.m. ET
Location: Hybrid | Inclusivity Resource Center, Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall | Queens Campus
RSVP: Virtual | Zoom | Register for Saving Our Treasures: a Young Activists Panel

What happens when the worlds of fashion, photography, environmental activism, and political organizing collide?

Answer: a path toward environmental sustainability and justice for all. 

Join us for a panel discussion with up-and-coming activists Aditi Mayer, Kapulei Flores, and an additional special guest for a discussion on how our hidden talents can affect change in our communities and beyond. This event is being held in collaboration with the Institute for Critical Race and Ethnic Studies, Catholic Relief Services and more! Refreshments will be served in the Inclusivity Resource Center.

Undercover Gems: A Conversation on Representation with Averie Bishop and William Yu

Date: Tuesday, April 19
Time: 1:50–3:15 p.m. ET
Location: Virtual | Zoom
RSVP: Register for the conversation

Join us in a conversation with filmmaker and screenwriter William Yu and first-generation law student and content creator Averie Bishop as we explore the importance of identity and representation, both in front and behind the scenes of mainstream media. This discussion will not only dive deeper into the realities of representation in mainstream media, but also focus on how YOU can take back control of the stories told and create new lanes for future generations using your hidden talents and gems and the power of social media! Our conversation will be guided by freelance content creator and St. John’s alumna, Roxanne Lim ’18CCPS.


Date: Thursday, April 21
Time: 5–7:30 p.m. ET
Location: D'Angelo Center Ballroom | Queens Campus
RSVP: Register for APHM Idol

Shine bright like an APHM Idol! It’s time to sing and dance the night away with local Queens gems, the ILoveDance K-pop dance company, and special student performers, to celebrate the richness of choreography, singing, art, and more. Performances will be followed by an immersive dance lesson and karaoke session, where a special prize will be given to the “Idol” of the night! This event is being held in collaboration with Campus Activities and the Yeh Art Gallery. Refreshments and food will be served.

Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings Film Screening 

Date: Tuesday, April 26
Time: 7–9:30 p.m. ET
Location: Sun Yat Sen Memorial Hall lawn | (Rain Location: Inclusivity Resource Center) | Queens Campus
RSVP: Register for the April 26 film screening

Date: Thursday, April 28
Time: 1:00-3:30 p.m. ET
Location: Kelleher Lounge | Staten Island Campus
RSVP: Register for the April 28 film screening

Bring a blanket and a friend for an exclusive screening of Marvel’s first Asian-led superhero film, Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings. Screenings will take place on both the Queens and Staten Island campuses. This event is being held in collaboration with the Office of Student Life on the Staten Island campus and Student Government, Inc. Refreshments and snacks will be served.

Barrio Fiesta

Date: Saturday, April 30
Time: 7–10 p.m. ET
Location: Virtual | YouTube Live and Zoom
RSVP: Register for Barrio Fiesta

This showcase-filled evening features performances by members from Philippine-Americans Reaching Everyone (PARE) and other organizations. This year, Barrio Fiesta celebrates PARE’s accomplishments and invites you to join the fun-filled fiesta online through YouTube livestream and Zoom. Don’t miss the fun; RSVP now!