CALL FOR PROGRAMS
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM) 2020: (Dis)Orienting Diaspora.
What does it mean to be a part of a diaspora? Our theme recognizes that diaspora is a critical part of the AAPI community and acknowledges that it can, indeed, be a disorienting navigation process. Our stories are characterized by movement (sometimes voluntary, sometimes not) and are framed by hxstories of war, colonialism, and trauma. Diaspora may simultaneously elicit feelings of groundedness, unity, disconnect, and liminality. But out of these movements of people, capital, and labor, comes complex narratives of resilience. The theme also pushes against Orientalism, a term that objectifies the AAPI community with a perpetually foreign picture of the East. In the recognition and reclaiming of this hxstory, we hope to move towards new imaginings of the AAPI community in support and celebration of each other and all our complexities.
We welcome all programs and events, but highly encourage ones related to our theme. This might include events that focus on: diaspora, displacement, complex notions of “home”, intergenerationality, intersectionality, community building, and resilience.
We are now accepting submissions for events and programs to be featured in our month long AAPIHM 2020 calendar. Visit go.umd.edu/aapihm2020 to learn more and submit. Please contact Dorothy Kou (firstname.lastname@example.org) for any inquiries on events or how to get involved.