Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

April 28, 2022


Greetings Iowa State University Family,

Please join us in recognizing, celebrating, and honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI) during the month of May.


Did you know …

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed substantially to countless facets of culture and society, including science and medicine, literature and art, government and politics, and law. Kamala Harris became the first Asian American Vice President of the United States in 2021. In the film industry, AAPI people, stories, and traditions have become more visible. Bong Joon Ho, South Korean director, won the Academy Award for Best Picture in 2019 with Parasite. In 2021, Marvel debuted the first Asian superhero in Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.


As we strive to be the best land-grant university for having a welcoming and inclusive campus, we challenge you to expand your knowledge by exploring the following:

  • What is the origin of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month?
  • Which U.S. President signed the first presidential proclamation?
  • Why is the date of AAPI Heritage month significant?
  • When did the character of Shang-Chi make his comic-book debut?


You may use the following links to aid in your exploration:


Join the celebration at Iowa State University
AAPI Heritage Month Celebration
Sun Room in the Memorial Union
May 7, 2022, 4:30-7:30 p.m.
Buffet included.
Please register (free) online at


Sharon Perry Fantini, Ph.D. (she/her/hers)
Vice President for Diversity, Equity and Inclusion