Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2021
Asian Pacific American Heritage (APAHM) is an annual celebration and recognition of the Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans and their achievements and contributions throughout U.S. history and to present day.
Throughout the month of May, celebrate APAHM with events and activities across Cincinnati. All events are free unless otherwise noted. Check individual event details for most accurate information.
Five Points Alley (2425 Gilbert Ave, 45206)
Join us as we kick off Asian American Pacific Heritage Month. Grab a drink from Comfort Station and meet us at Five Points Alley in historic Walnut Hills for food, music, and community. Music by the Andrew Lin Quartet. Food by Kealoha's Kitchen Food Truck. Brought to you by Cincy Nice, Asianati/AACAC, and Afrochine. Sponsored by P&G. More details on Facebook
Asian Food Week 2021
Participating Greater Cincinnati Restaurants
Visit participating restaurants May 3rd through May 9th to explore all the culinary offerings Cincinnati has to offer. Restaurants may offer a 3-course “prix fixe” menu for either $20 or $30 and/or a “secret menu item” not typically offered. https://asianati.com/afw
Story Tree Time with the Cincinnati Museum Center
Starting May 5 Online
Bring your little one and join us as we play, dance, sing and listen to a new story every Wednesday (virtually) at 11 a.m. For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we’ll be reading books by Asian-American authors. Available on the Cincinnati Museum Center’s YouTube channel and the Story Tree Time playlist. A new video is released every week.
Inhale/Exhale - Healing after Atlanta and Indianapolis
Join Ohio Voice and OPAWL - Building AAPI Feminist Leadership for a collaborative Inhale/Exhale session open to progressive organizers and activists of all genders who identify as AAPI (Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander). Facebook Event
Sake Tasting with Certified Sake Sommelier (Virtual)
Join Certified Sake Sommelier Akisa Fukuzawa on Friday, May 7th, for a virtual event that is certain to put a smile on your face! She will teach us about sake and the culture behind the drink. We will be tasting 3 types of sake - Sparkling (Mio brand), Daiginjo (Dassai brand), and Ginjo (Kikusui brand). This event is 21+. Register here
Opening Reception: Yoshi Nakamura
Wave Pool Gallery (2940 Colerain Ave)
Japanese artist Yoshi Nakamura has been in residence at Wave Pool since August 2020. Nakamura will be displaying a collaborative exhibition with Mark Harris and Froghole? in Wave Pool's upstairs space and solo exhibitions exploring communication and accessibility at The Welcome Project and Visionaries and Voices. Gallery will have limited attendance to ensure social distancing. Masks required. Facebook Event
Black and Asian Solidarity
Join Urban Consulate Cincinnati for a virtual salon conversation about transracial identity, solidarity & healing. Featuring a live music performance by Steven Shinji Whipple and interactive dialogue with special guests Sulin Ngo (OPAWL), Angela Jo White (Debatable), and Ronnie Iquina (AACAC and NAAAP). Hosted by Naimah Bilal and Meg Trischler. Presented by Urban Consulate, AACAC, Afrochine, and the Mercantile Library. Register at Urban Consulate
Early Japanese-American Settlers in Cincinnati: Beyond the WWII Incarceration Camps (Webinar)
Join Cincinnati native Denny Kato, born to Japanese-American parents who arrived in Cincinnati after their release from a WWII incarceration camp, as he discusses the lives of early Japanese settlers in Cincinnati and shares his personal story of growing up in Cincinnati during a period when there were very few residents from any Asian country.
Cincinnati "Unity Against Hate" - We are Cincinnati
Join the Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association - Ohio State Chapter invites you to celebrate with the API community. Food and entertainment will be provided. This part of the "Unity Against Hate" national event. Please wear a mask, keep social distance. Facebook Event
Virtual Performance – Kamishibai (Paper Theater)
Join the Cincinnati Public Library for a virtual program to enjoy a vibrant form of storytelling popular in Japan, Kamishibai or “paper-theater.” Part of a long tradition of picture storytelling in Japan, Kamishibai flourished as a street-performance art from the 1920s to the 1950s and has seen a revival in recent years. Presented by the Japan America Society.
Cooking & Conversation: The Truth Behind MSG
In recognition of AAPI Heritage Month, we are breaking down the stereotypes surrounding MSG (monosodium glutamate). We will learn the art and science of the umami powerhouse, MSG, its craveability and tainted reputation, along with its cultural nuances and link to Asian cuisine. Grace Yek, Program Chair of the Culinary and Food Science program at Cincinnati State, and author of the blog, Our Kitchen Roots, will lead us in conversation as she prepares okonomiyaki (savory pancakes). More details will be posted at https://www.cincymuseum.org/events-calendar/
Virtual Seminar: Home Design Fusion | Asian Influence on Interior Design
May 20 and May 22
An engaging and interactive home design workshop focusing on Asia’s influence on interior design, diving into design elements from the Far East, South Asia and the Middle East. Hosted by Kirii Design.
(Not) Knowing Asia: Why Stereotypes Emerge and Persist
Join the Cincinnati and Hamilton County Public Library for a critical conversation to learn interesting facts about Asia, and how you can help eliminate stereotypes and contribute to the sense of belonging of Asian Americans in our communities. Presented by Professor Gergana Ivanova, interim director, Asian Studies, University of Cincinnati. Register here
Intro to Japanese Calligraphy Session 1 (Virtual)
Join instructor Emiko Kuisel, a native of Japan and is excited to introduce you to the world of Japanese Calligraphy and brush, ink and paper. Register at JASGC.org
Cultural Family Movie Series
Featuring Asian food truck vendors and a pre-movie chat followed by a family-friendly movie. Presented by 3CDC, Keng Enterprises, and AACAC. Movie TBA. More details coming soon.
Origami for Kids (Virtual)
In this workshop presented by Teruko Nesbitt, kids will learn how to make one or more easy origami designs using basic materials commonly found at home including paper (printer paper or newspaper) and scissors. Event Info
APAHM Closing Celebration
Five Points Alley (2425 Gilbert Ave, 45206)
Music by Daybreaker Trio. Food by Mahope and Rollin' Bowls food trucks. Brought to you by Cincy Nice, AACAC, and Afrochine. Sponsored by P&G. More details on Facebook
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