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Organizations, colleges, businesses, clubs, and other institutions constantly hold events, workshops, webinars, and various celebratory offerings to promote and encourage AAPI support. We’ve compiled a list of options to invite our community to get involved in AAPI advocacy! While this is a particularly challenging year to gather people together, self-education on AAPI history and hardships is increasingly essential due to the rise in discrimination and hate crimes. As resources become more readily available, we have a responsibility to pursue them and become active advocates for the AAPI community. Due to pandemic-related cancellations, we encourage you to add these and other AAPI events to your calendar for the years to come.

AAPI Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and the perfect time to seek out local and national events celebrating the AAPI community in the United States. Explore social media for some exciting Portland-based participation opportunities!

Voices of Change Celebration

Hosted by the Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon, this event occurs each year during May to honor Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Community members can gather to enjoy a delightful meal, performances by local artists, a renowned API keynote speaker, the Voices of Change Awards, and fundraising for APANO’s social justice work. Contact them for ticket information or if you’re interested in being a sponsor!

Statewide Convention

The Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon also produces the Statewide Convention. This day-long convention encourages Oregon residents to come together for workshops, networking opportunities, cultural performances, and at least one prominent API keynote speaker. To conclude the day’s work, attendees gather for a banquet celebrating togetherness and inclusion. Reach out to APANO for registration information and sponsor inquiries.

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration

API Forward, a local foundation providing education and leadership training for API students, is turning this event virtual this year so that community members can celebrate this honorary month despite local COVID-19 restrictions. Register for free and help local API students and young professionals become confident, influential leaders in the community.

Ongoing Virtual Events Hosted by the Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce and Entrepreneurship

ACE continuously develops online webinars and discussions covering AAPI small business advice, inclusion, resources, and more. Examples include A Conversation with AAPI Small Businesses, Standing in Solidarity: Solutions for Healing and Strengthening New Majority Communities, and Panel Discussion on Federal Resources for AAPI Businesses & Nonprofits. Visit their website to view their calendar of current and future offerings!