Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

During the month of May, we celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage and reflect on the tremendous contributions Asian Americans have made to help the United States become a most vibrant nation in the world.

The Census Bureau estimates that approximately 22 million people in the U.S. identify themselves as Asian Americans. Pennsylvania is home to an Asian American population of 530,000, with most communities located in the Philadelphia region. Asian Americans have been and will always be an integral part of American society. Their diverse cultures, languages, and religions represent an important part of the cultural scene of this country.

In Bloomsburg and the surrounding areas, many Asian Americans engage in healthcare, education, and scientific research. Their work improves the quality of life and advancement of knowledge. Bloomsburg University attracts nearly 100 Asian American students and, over the years, an increasing number of Asian American scholars have joined BU’s faculty. Asian American businesses substantially contribute to making the local economy strong. Restaurants bring Chinese, Thai, Indian, Korean, Vietnamese, and Japanese foods to the region, offering an exciting cultural exposure to local residents.

On a national scale, Asian Americans have been and continue to be leaders in public service and in advocate for the equality of all races. In 2020, Asian Americans were proud to see Kamala Harris, the first woman of color, and an Asian American herself, be elected Vice President of the United States.

However, Asian American history has been all but smooth sailing. Asian American communities have endured persistent forms of systemic racism. History has witnessed tens of thousands incarcerated in internment camps in WWII, and countless being denied the same rights as other Americans. As recently as 2020, racist rhetoric by some of the nation’s top leaders and candidates associating the Covid-19 pandemic with Asians stoked xenophobia, scapegoating, and instances of hate crime. This tells us that there is much to be done to eradicate racism, and the fight for equality and acceptance must continue.

Opportunities to celebrate Asian American Heritage allow us to commemorate the contributions by Asian Americans to this country they call home. Let their stories remind us that, above all, they are Americans.

    Dr. Jing Luo
    Professor of French, Chinese and Second Language Acquisition
    Department of Languages and Cultures
Jing Luo, professor of French, Chinese and Second Language Acquisition

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Events

Tuesday, May 18

The Art of Making Tea, 7 to 8 p.m.
Offered by: Professor of Beijing Normal University through live streaming from a Beijing tea house.

Upcoming Events

  • A lecture on the racism virus and its impact on Asian Americans
  • A town hall event on stopping Asian hate
  • Video presentations from Bloomsburg alumni who have taught in China

Bloomsburg University Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Resources

Celebrating Asian Pacific American History Edition

Classes offered that provide the opportunity to learn about Asian Pacific history and experiences:

Classes that are available for Fall 2021:

  • Art History 346: East Asian Art
  • Chinese 101: Chinese 1
  • Chinese 102: Chinese 2
  • Chinese 203: Chinese 3

Classes to look for in future semesters:

  • Chinese 204: Chinese 4
  • Chinese 211: Foundations of the Chinese Civilization
  • Chinese 212: China Today
  • Chinese 218: Silk Road Studies
  • Chinese 270: China Tradition and Modernization

In addition, BU offers Chinese Major (with B.A. in Chinese) and Chinese Minor programs.

Resources for Asian Americans:

Resources to learn more about Asian Pacific history and stop hate:

Resources for national scholarship opportunities:

Student clubs and organizations that celebrate Asian history and/ or experiences:

Asian Pacific History Month Event:

Support Local Asian Pacific Businesses

For additional assistance with any needs please contact, Dr. Shavonne Shorter, special assistant to the President for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion and associate professor of communication studies, at