ASA Secretary Joy Wang ’24 said she and other ASA officers wanted to plan a variety of events to attract a wide range of attendees.
“We were trying to get a bigger audience,” she said. “Some people shy away because they don’t know they are welcome at AAPI events, but this month is for everyone. We would like people to get involved and learn about Asian experiences and cultures.”
Director of Multicultural Student Life Eduardo Pazos said the April program amplifies the voices of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and offers cultural, artistic, culinary and academic activities.
Last week, Heritage Month kicked off with two events on separate days: an alumni panel and a launch party with food and karaoke. The panel included New York Times Katie Benner ’99, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and Bowdoin administrator; two Google employees, director of product management Tom Leung ’96 and solutions consultant Sally Kim ’14; and Kristina Powell ’06, executive director of the Portland, Maine-based company The reading room.
Student moderators Wang and Jess Yang ’24 asked panelists about their identity and how they navigate the professional world. “One interesting thing we talked about was standing up for ourselves,” Wang said. “Traditionally, in Asian cultures, the place of career is expected to be meritocracy and hard work is rewarded, but the elders explained how in the United States you have to intentionally promote yourself.”