Asian and Pacific Islander Community

The Asian and Pacific Islander (API) community at the George Washington University (GW) is a diverse group of students, faculty and staff, who represent a variety of backgrounds and experiences unified under the goal of cultural awareness. Currently, Asian student enrollment is 10% at the undergraduate level and 9% at the graduate level at GW.

With 17 student organizations promoting the values and traditions of East Asian, Southeast Asian, South Asian and Pacific Island cultures, API programs include culture shows, distinguished guest lectures and other educational events.

Throughout the month of April, GW celebrates Asian Pacific Islander Heritage showcasing the rich history, culture and accomplishments of the API community. The Multicultural Student Services Center provides logistical support for API organizations to collaborate and promote cultural awareness. 

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration

In 1992, May was officially designated as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Mo nth (APAHM) by the federal government. This proclamation, signed by President George H.W. Bush, came after several decades of persistent advocacy from Congressmen Frank Horton of New York and Norman Mineta of California, Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga and others. Nationally, APAHM encompasses the Asian Continent and the Pacific Islands.

The George Washington University (GW) presented its first annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration (APIHC) in 2004. To allow members of the GW community to participate in the celebration before the end of the academic school year, April was designated as the official GW APIHC. Promoting the values and traditions of East Asian, Southeast Asian and Pacific Island cultures, APIHC programs include culture shows, distinguished guest lectures and other educational events.

The Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) provides logistical support for Asian and Pacific Islander organizations to collaborate and promote cultural awareness throughout APIHC. Students, faculty and staff with varying leadership experience and skill sets are encouraged to participate in APIHC. All activities related to APIHC are facilitated by MSSC senior staff and graduate student coordinators. The minimum requirement for involvement is to have a commitment to and passion for Asian and Pacific Island culture. For more information, call 202-994-MSSC (6772).

The George Washington University

2019 Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration

Listen Up! Unheard and Untold


Sponsored by: Asian American Student Association, Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc., The Philippine Cultural Society, GW Hawai’i Club, InterVarsity Christian Fellowship, South Asian Heritage Celebration,GW Student Association, Korean Culture Organization, Casa Blanca, Kappa Phi Lambda Sorority, Inc., Chinese American Student Association, Japanese American Student Alliance, Taiwanese American Student Association, Vietnamese Student Association, and Allied in Pride



Sunday, March 31st

A Conversation with Tan France

Lisner Auditorium, 6pm


Sunday, April 7th

Ka lā Hiki Ola: Hawai’i Club’s 21st Annual Lu’au Celebration

Marvin Center Grand Ballroom I 6:00pm

Join the GW Hawai’i Club ohana for a night of fun at our annual Lu’au celebration! Our theme this year is “Ka lā hiki ola which translates to “the dawning of a new day” as a celebration for the new opportunities ahead for the club in its 21st year. Come have a great time learning more about Hawaiian culture with a catered, authentic Hawaiian dinner, student-led and outside hula performances, trivia, and more!


Thursday, April 18th

Night Market

Duques 6th Floor Lobby, 7pm

Take a trip to Asia without ever leaving GW and experience the atmosphere of a traditional Taiwanese Night Market! At this event hosted by the Taiwanese American Student Association, there will be a variety of delicious Taiwanese food on sale, as well as Taiwanese music and games. We can’t wait to see you there!


Saturday, April 20th

Embrace II: Intersections

Marvin Center Grand Ballroom, 11am

Come learn about and discuss the multitude of intersections present in Asian Pacific Islander American communities. Through workshops, we will engage with preserving and presenting our stories as well as discussing how the APIA communities can advocate for ourselves and other marginalized communities. Workshop themes will highlight the intersectionality of marginalized experiences that are often ultimately, untold and unheard. Co-Sponsored by: Hawai’i Club, JASA, CASA, Allied in Pride, Organization of Latino American Students (OLAS)


Saturday, April 20th


Marvin Continental Ballroom, 6pm JapanFest is GW JASA’s annual summer festival event open to absolutely everybody!! Join us and enjoy GREAT, REAL food catered from Japanese restaurant, Nagomi Izakaya; we’ll have delicious curry, juicy Japanese fried chicken, and more! Immerse yourself in rich Japanese culture! Games, origami, and plenty of chances to win awesome prizes like two Muji sets, a Shiba-inu plushie, and tons of Japanese snacks. You won’t want to miss this event!


Saturday, April 20th

Subtle Asian DMV Meetup College Edition

Marvin Center Grand Ballroom, 7:30pm

Ever wanted to meet the people of the Subtle Asian Traits/Dating groups in real life? Join the Chinese American Student Association for our DMV Meetup! Come mingle with students from different universities around the DMV area, and make new connections and friends. This event will feature a raffle for some fun prizes as well as some snacks from different vendors, so don’t miss out on this fun event in celebration of APIHC!


Sunday, April 21st

Tandaan XIX: Homesick

Marvin Center, Betts Theatre, 7pm

Follow the Santos family, and their struggle to be united after years spent apart from one another. This year’s culture show – Tandaan XIX: Homesick – focuses on the sacrifices and consequences of leaving home to take care of family. In addition to the play, the show will be full students performing traditional and diverse

Filipino dances.


Monday, April 29th

Untold and Unheard Stories: Open Mic Night

Marvin Center 301, 6:30pm

End this heritage celebration with the stories that have shaped our community. For too long, the Asian Pacific Islander American community’s stories have been untold and unheard. Whether you are from the community or not, all are welcomed to come to a night of performances, songs, spoken word, poetry, and much more! Come hear about the intersections of the APIA identity and the myriad of experiences.


Friday, April 26th

The Diversity of the Female Identity

District House B205 I 6pm Sigma Psi Zeta Sorority, Inc. is a progressive, multicultural Greek Organization that provides a means to success and support for women, particularly women of color. Join the sisters of the Pi Chapter in an engaging discussion about the diversity and fluidity of the female identity within

and across the APIA community.