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APIHC 2020: Broadcasting Ourselves

Join the university community in celebrating the history and cultural expressions of East Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Islands. This year’s Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration (APIHC) theme “Broadcasting Ourselves” is intended to capture the growing presence and impact of Asian and Pacific Islander people and cultures in various “small screen” media, even when that representation is lacking on the “big screen”.

Being able to broadcast ourselves is more relevant than ever during a time when we have begun to engage in even more online and virtual communication to stay educated, connected and true to ourselves! Although we are unable to host our traditional in-person programming for APIHC 2020, the MSSC and our amazing student leaders remain dedicated to recognizing these cultures in new, virtual ways that will help us spread cultural awareness to an even bigger audience. Given the circumstances, and this year’s South Asian Heritage Celebration (SAHC) being cut short, APIHC 2020 will also be a time to engage with South Asian cultures, making it the BIGGEST cultural heritage celebration yet!

We welcome everyone to connect with us on Instagram and Facebook, where we will be sharing the latest updates about APIHC 2020, and exploring the beauty and diversity of Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander cultures through posts and virtual events! Stay tuned for how you can be involved throughout the month of April!

The Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration 2020 committee is comprised of an impassioned group of Asian and Pacific Islander student organization leaders who are committed to sharing the full breadth of Asian and Pacific Islander culture while acknowledging their many contributions throughout our history.

Sponsored by: GWU Asian American Student Association (AASA), GWU Chinese American Student Association (CASA), Hawai’i Club, Japanese Cultural Association at GWU (JCA), Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc. ~ Alpha Beta Chapter (ΚΦΛ), GWU Korean Cultural Organization (KCO), The Philippine Cultural Society (PCS), Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. ~ Pi Chapter (ΣΨΖ), GWU Taiwanese American Student Association (TASA), GW Vietnamese Student Association (VSA) and the Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC)

Find the full calendar below.


MOVEMENT: 1st Annual Cultural Dancing Festival

University Yard
4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

MOVEMENT is GW Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc.’s first annual dancing festival! This event is open to the public and will feature a wide variety of Asian, and non-Asian, cultural dancing groups on- and off- campus. In addition to dance performances, there will be fun games, raffle contests, and a mini cultural food market. Join the sisters of GW Sigmas to celebrate 2020’s Asian Pacific Islander Heritage month! ΣΨΖ Pi Chapter

22nd Annual Lu'au: Aloha from Hawaii

Marvin Center Grand Ballroom
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM

GW Hawaii Club's annual lu'au is an event that serves to broadcast Hawaiian culture and the Aloha spirit. Attendees have the opportunity to experience Hawaiian culture by eating a Hawaiian catered dinner, enjoying student-run hula dances and performances, and play a few fun games throughout the night. We hope that our guests leave lu'au with a greater understanding of Hawaiian heritage, and of course, a full stomach!


Asian Women and Social Media

District House B114
6:30 PM

Over 3.8 billion people are using social media worldwide, transforming the way we communicate everyday. Along with this rise in technology, the social media evolution has impacted the possibilities of opportunities and intensified negative issues that Asian women face in society. In this event, we invite you to come and explore the ways that Asian women utilize and are represented in social media, and help establish potential solutions to improve empowerment for everyone. ΚΦΛ Alpha Beta Chapter


TASAxCASA Movie Night

District B207
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come out and watch a Chinese/Taiwanese movie with CASA & TASA! There will be Asian snacks and drinks provided so come excited to chill with us for a fun event!


Let's Unpack That

Marvin Center Continental Ballroom
6:00 PM - 10:30 PM

Have you ever wondered about the origins of: Korean face masks? Tattoo culture? Fusion food? Join us for activities while unpacking the nuances behind Asian issues and trends on social media, while learning about the people who created them. GWU AASA


Karaoke Night

District B207
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Come join GW CASA for a fun night of singing your hearts away at KARAOKE! In honor of APIHC, we are putting on our first karaoke night for our members to have a night to let loose and reveal all your hidden singing talents! Prepare for a night of singing old classics to today’s top hits.


Build-A-Banh Mi

District House B205
7:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Immerse yourself in Vietnamese culinary culture by learning how to build banh mi from scratch. Ingredients will be provided by us along with drinks, games, and trivia to promote Vietnamese culture. GW VSA

Night Market

Kogan Plaza
6:00 PM

Come and join the Taiwanese American Student Association on an amazing flavor tour of Taiwan! Try everything ranging from sweet drinks, savory meals, and snacks at our Night Market that will be held right here on GW's campus. This is open to all in the GW community, especially those who want insight into an amazing aspect of Taiwanese culture.



Marvin Center Continental Ballroom
6:00 PM - 9:30 PM

JapanFest is GW JCA's annual spring festival event open to everyone! Join us for amazing food catered from a Japanese restaurant, featuring curry, gyoza, and more! There will be games, traditional activities, fun performances, and a chance to win some amazing prizes! Join us to also celebrate the 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics by cheering on your country in our mini games! You won't want to miss this event!


Tandaan XX

Betts Theatre
5:00 PM Dinner, 6:00 PM Show

Juggling different identities is critical to communicating and conceiving of the Asian-American experience. In our 20th anniversary of hosting our cultural showcase, we follow two Filipino-Americans as they (unexpectedly) journey across the Philippines, discovering important truths about their heritage along the way. As usual, there will be beautiful cultural dances, a student-written and -directed play, and dinner included with your ticket!PCS


Korean Culture Night: Moonlight Memories

Kogan Plaza
6:00 PM

The GW Korean Cultural Organization presents this year's Korean Culture Night: Moonlight Memories. Join us for a night festival filled with performances, art, and food that exhibits traditional and modern Korean culture! Among our celebration of identity and culture, we will explore how we can share our traditions and stories through social media on platforms such as Snapchat and Instagram and incorporate it more deeply into our daily lives. GWU KCO