South Asian Heritage Celebration
In 1992, May was officially designated Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) by the United States federal government. It encompasses the Asian Continent and the Pacific Islands. President George H.W. Bush signed the proclamation after several decades of advocacy, passion and persistence by figures such as Congressmen Frank Horton of New York and Norman Mineta of California and Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga.
In 2004, The George Washington University (GWU) presented its first annual Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration (APIHC). The school designated April as the official GW APIHC, allowing members of the community to participate before the end of the academic school year. Furthermore, they recognized a need to celebrate unique identities and culture individually, giventhe diverse ethnic groups, cultures, traditions and histories within the Asian Pacific Islander and South Asian cultures. Ultimately resulting in GW presenting its first annual South Asian Heritage Celebration (SAHC) in 2013.
SAHC celebrates and promotes the values and traditions of Central and South Asian cultures. In doing so, the GW community is able to gain an in depth view into the South Asian experience through customs, arts, social institutions and its being at large. Be sure to keep a lookout for the various programs surrounding the SAHC. These include, student cultural shows, performances, distinguished guest lectures, seminars and educational events. The 2019 SAHC’s theme is, “Unapologetically Brown #NoFilter”, so don’t forget to join in, support and celebrate!
The Multicultural Student Services Center (MSSC) provides logistical, content and ideological support for South and Central Asian organizations to collaborate and promote cultural awareness throughout SAHC. Students, faculty and staff with varying leadership experience and skill sets are encouraged to participate in SAHC. All activities related to SAHC are facilitated by MSSC senior staff and graduate student coordinators. The minimum requirement for involvement is to have a commitment to and passion for South and Central Asian culture. For more information, call 202-994-MSSC (6772).
South Asian Heritage Celebration 2019
The George Washington University
Calendar of Events
Friday, March 1st
Place: ‘Marvin Grand Ballroom, 8pm
Event: "Mujh se (mock) Shaadi karo gi?’- Will you mock marry me?"
Description: This event will serve as a Mock Shaadi which will highlight all aspects of Pakistani culture including traditional clothing, music, dances, Jewelry and food. Pakistani weddings are known worldwide for their colorful and bright demonstration of Pakistani culture, and this event would be a great way to showcase to the students at GW some of the oldest cultural traditions such as henna and dance battles at weddings.
Saturday, March 2nd
Place: Square 80, 12-4pm
Event: Back on Our Bakwaas
Description: Bakhwaas, n. [buh-qua-ss]: the act of being blatantly yourself regardless of what others say. Speak your truth and come show the community what you’re unapologetic about. #SariNotSorry
Monday, March 4th
Place: Marvin Continental Ballroom, 7-9pm
Event: The Fashion of South Asian Hyphenation
Description: Come watch the GW South Asian community strut their stuff in a fashion show inspired by the intersectionality of our communities! With pieces ranging from Pakistani couture to Mumbai street style, we'll have it all! Snacks will also be served.
Tuesday, March 5th
Place: District House Room B117, 7:30pm
Event: South Asian Women: Leaders in the APIA Community
Description: Celebrate South Asian Heritage Month with GW AASA as we highlight the achievements and progress of South Asian women within the APIA community. We will have a speaker that discusses the legacies of South Asian history and efforts to advocate for the community and individuals moving forward, and the role that identity as an individual of South Asian heritage plays.
Thursday, March 7th
Place: Marvin Center, Room 309, 7:30pm
Event: Religion in South Asia: An Overview and How it Affects the Diaspora
Description: Learn about several religions of varying presence that exist in South Asia such as Christianity, Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism, and others by hearing from professionals and audience discussion. We hope you develop more insight into religious diversity in South Asia, and how it plays a role in the lives of students.
Monday, March 18th
Place: MSSC 209, 7:30-9:30pm
Event: Boys Will Be Boys: Toxic Masculinity in the South Asian Community
Description: Toxic masculinity manifests itself among men in our community as refusal to seek treatment for illness, suppression of emotion, and unwarranted aggression towards others. Join us for a discussion about the impact of toxic masculinity in our community, its root causes, and how we can work to reconfigure notions of manhood.
Tuesday, March 19th
Place: Marvin 309, 7-9pm
Event: The Sexuality of Bollywood
Description: Why does the hero never kiss the heroine? Why does sex only sell when it's from male actors? Come explore these questions and more with mini-screenings and an informative panel on sexuality-related topics within the Bollywood sphere!
Friday, March 22nd
Place: Marvin Grand Ballroom, 8:30pm
Event: From Her
Description: The GW South Asian community is proud to present the first annual “From Her” Banquet! Join us to celebrate the accomplishments of South Asian women on campus and around the world. Join us for performances, FREE food, and a genuine night of appreciation for their contributions! We hope to see you there!
Tuesday, March 26th
Place: Marvin Amphitheater, 6:30pm
Event: Aaj kal ki Ladkiyaan: Girls these Days
Description: This panel will highlight taboo topics in South Asian communities such as the role of women insociety, discussing the issues of domestic violence, mental health and sexual assault and how they are prominent issues, yet often ignored. We will invite professional speakers and students to discuss taboo topics and try to normalize the idea.
Saturday, March 29th
Event: Charity Formal
Description: Come dressed up in your favorite South Asian formal outfit and enjoy a full catered dinner, dancing, a cash bar, and more! Tickets will be on sale through the GW South Asian Society, and all proceeds will benefit a charity for women's education.
Saturday, March 30th
Place: Kogan Plaza, 12-3pm
Event: Punjab Day Mela
Description: The GW Sikh Student Association is proud to announce our most awaited event of the semester - the Punjab Day Mela! Join us to experience Punjab, the birthplace of Sikhism, right on campus! We will be featuring bhangra performances, FREE food, turban tying, and a chance to learn more about Punjabi culture! We can't wait to see you all there!
Sunday, March 31st
Place: Lisner Auditorium, 6pm
Event: A Conversation with Tan France: Presented by Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration and South Asian Heritage Celebration
Event Description: Tan France will join the GW community for a moderated conversation about intersections of identity. This event is hosted by the Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration and South Asian Heritage Celebration committees, and by the GW Multicultural Student Services Center."
Sponsored by: South Asian Society, Indian Students’ Association, Hindu Student Association,Sikh Students’ Association, Asian American Student Association, Pakistani Students'; Association, Iota Nu Delta Fraternity, Inc., Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration, and GW Student Association.
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Community Engagement
MULTICULTURAL STUDENT SERVICES CENTER
2127 G St., NW, Washington, DC 20052
202-994-6772 [email protected]