2021 Asian Heritage Month

About WFU Asian Heritage Month:

The Intercultural Center is excited to celebrate Asian Heritage Month this April, recognizing the rich cultures and experiences found across East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, the Pacific Islands, and the United States of America. While nationally observed as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month during May, Wake Forest chooses to celebrate in April while faculty, staff, and students are still on campus together. 

We are particularly cognizant of the importance Asian Heritage Month bears this year- the prevalence of Anti-Asian hate crimes throughout the COVID-19 pandemic has been devastating, and it is past time to reckon with the American history of Anti-Asian xenophobia, racism, and discrimination. As a campus community, we can use this time to highlight and emphasize the ways we can be a better, more supportive environment in which our Asian students and colleagues can thrive.  


2021 Asian Heritage Month Committee

Nana Ogburn (A.S.I.A)

Sara Hong (A.S.I.A)

Ishani Kumbar (S.A.S.A)

Yasuko Takata Rallings (Japanese Program)


Anjali Purohit (IC Ambassador)

Lorraine Hayes (IC Ambassador)

Sunny Ha (IC Ambassador)

Michelle Zhan (CARE Team)



Calendar of Events

April 2021

March 31st-April 2nd

Fukushima in Global Perspectives

Event Website and Registration

The nuclear catastrophe in Fukushima continues to affect humans and the environment. To deepen our understanding of the nuclear disaster beyond national borders, the Japanese Program will host a series of virtual events during the spring semester.

WFU Japanese Program


April 1st

Cultural Food Pop-Up

6-7 pm, Manchester Plaza (Rain Location: Benson 346)

Join Student Union and the Korean American Student Association for a dish of Bulgogi in celebration of Korean culture!

Sponsored by Student Union and Korean American Student Association


April 7th

Anime Night

8:30pm, Zoom (Contact babersj@nullwfu.edu for meeting info)

Join Japanese Studies Club for a fun-filled night watching Anime!

Sponsored by Japanese Studies Club


April 8th

Just One Word

5:00 to 6:00pm, Invitation Only

Just One Word invites participants to consider the impacts and effects of language on identity.

Sponsored by Intercultural Center


April 13th & 27th

Asian American Identity Group

5-6 pm, Benson 346

Asian American Identity Group provides APIDA-identified students at WFU an opportunity to find mutual understanding and community while unpacking what it means to be Asian American at WFU. By sharing personal experiences, participants connect in both peer education and interpersonal relationship building.

Sponsored by Intercultural Center


April 13th

Tuesday Trivia: Asian Heritage Month

7pm, Fireside on Manchester Plaza 

Join Student Union for Tuesday Trivia on Manchester Plaza (the Lower Quad) and compete for the chance to win a prize!

Sponsored by Student Union and Asian Student Interest Association (ASIA)


April 14th

My Shelf To Yours

12pm, Benson 346

Stop by the Intercultural Center and pick up a book written by an Asian author. The selection features classical works of literature, science fiction, memoirs, and more. 

Sponsored by Intercultural Center


April 14th

Japanese Literature and Poetry Night

8:30pm, Zoom (Contact babersj@nullwfu.edu for meeting info)

Join Japanese Studies Club for a night of reading and discussing works of Japanese literature.

Sponsored by Japanese Studies Club


April 17th

Holi Celebration

Sponsored by South Asian Student Population


April 19th

iLab Lunch & Learn: Understanding the Needs of Our Asian American Students with Windi Sasaki

12-1:30pm, Zoom; Register HERE

According to the US Census, Asian Americans are the fastest growing population in the United States. Although Asian American people have been in the United States since the 1400s, Asian American people are often assumed to be foreign-born. This assumption and many others about Asian American college students influence their experiences using campus resources, relations with others on our campuses, and reactions during crises. This session will provide a foundation for discussing the diversity within Asian American populations, approaches for creating a stronger understanding of the Wake Forest population, and strategies to developing more inclusive practices that support all students.

Sponsored by Intercultural Center


April 19th

Combatting Anti-Asian Hate: Bystander Intervention Training

5:30-6:30 pm, Zoom; Register HERE

The rise in Anti-Asian harassment and hate crimes throughout the course of the COVID-19 pandemic is directly related to a long history of Anti-Asian discrimination and racism in the United States, fueled by policy and hateful rhetoric. Learn how to intervene when violence or harassment is happening and learn how to  support the Asian/Asian American community after harmful incidents. 

Sponsored by Office of Wellbeing, CARE Team, Women’s Center, Intercultural Center


April 19th-23rd

Empowerment through Poetry: Lifting Asian Voices

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In honor of both Sexual Assault Awareness Month and Asian Heritage Month, we will be highlighting Asian and Asian-American poets on our instagram, sharing poetry with themes of survivorship, empowerment, and self-care during the week of April 19th through April 23rd.

Sponsored by SAFE Office


April 21st

Sipping Opportuni-teas

2-4pm, Benson 346

Stop by the Intercultural Center to take your own samples of some of the most popular teas found throughout Asia. Learn about their uses and cultural importance while enjoying the aromas and flavors! 

Sponsored by Intercultural Center


April 22nd

Ramadan Fast-a-thon

8pm, Davis Field Tents

A ‘Fast-a-Thon’ is an event through which non-Muslim students, faculty, and staff engage in fasting for that day during Ramadan alongside their Muslim peers and colleagues. The end of the fast is marked by a communal breaking-of-the-fast meal, called Iftar. Register to receive all information about how to fast, where to find the time to begin fasting, and the details about the Iftar event. Everyone who registers will participate in a community Iftar where individually packaged catered meals will be provided. In small groups, participants will be encouraged to reflect on their experience during the day and ways to support their fellow Muslim Demon Deacons.

Sponsored by WFU Muslim Life and Intercultural Center