Asian/Pacific Islander American Heritage Month

Join Stetson Law in celebrating Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Their rich history and present contributions have greatly shaped our campus, the nation, and our global world. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the first individuals to immigrate to the United States from Japan on May 7, 1843. May also marks the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, due to the major contributions of Chinese Americans. 

As a community of learners and advocates for justice and equality, Stetson University College of Law is honored to provide students, faculty, and staff with a resource to share the histories and the present culture of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander, and South Asian communities thriving on our campus, throughout the legal profession, and beyond. In addition to joining this national celebration, Stetson Law invites you to explore this community resource page, including the event thoughtfully coordinated by the Asian-American Law Students Association. 

While this page is the result of a collaborative effort, it is not a comprehensive resource. We encourage students, faculty, and staff to explore other resources and to feel free to share those that may add to the richness of this page. Please email any insights to [email protected].

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Events | Learn | Engage | Resources



A Portrait of Asian Americans in Law

Asian American Law Students Association
April 19│ 4 PM-5:30 PM│Library 208

Join us for a discussion with the authors, Justice Goodwin Liu, Tyler Dang, and Benji Lu of “A Portrait of Asian Americans in the Law 2.0”. This conversation will explore the reasons for and potential solutions to the current challenges facing the Asian American legal community. The project aims to provide an empirical grounding for broader conversation within and beyond the Asian American community about the challenges and opportunities Asian Americans face in the legal profession and possible directions for reform. RSVP Here.

Tampa Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Festival

The City of Tampa Bay
May 13│ 10 AM-6:00 PM│Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park (600 N. Ashley Drive) 

Join the city of Tampa Bay in celebrating Asian American, Pacific Islander, and South Asian communities. Don't miss out on the incredible cultural performances from various countries and Pacific islands, mouth-watering delicacies, and fascinating informational exhibits. This event is free and open to the public.


About Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
National Endowment for the Humanities
A brief overview of how the United States started this celebration each May

Asian American History

Looking back at Asian American history will show us how to move forward in the present (PBS, 2021) (Duration 1:30)


What does it mean to be Asian American?
Pew Research
Some Asian Americans in a focus group describe their identity in their own words

Bamboo Ceiling
Harvard Business Review
Asian Americans are the least likely group in the U.S. to be promoted to management despite their educational background

Traditions and Culture

The Native people of Hawai'i
National Park Service
A resource on Hawai'ian culture, exploration, governance, and agriculture.

Civil Rights History

AAPI Political Mobilization and Participation
The National Park Service
An essay that highlights the history of Asian and Pacific Islander participation in political mobilization 

Pioneers and Advocates

Eight Asian American Attorneys Who Shaped the History of the United States
National Law Review
These eight lawyers paved the way for justice and civil rights and shaped the United States to be inclusive for future generations.

Lived & Learned: Present as your true self, says Mia Yamamoto
American Bar Association
Listen to Mia Yamamoto as she reflects on her experiences as a transgender Asian American woman and criminal defense attorney on the American Bar Association Podcast.

Asian American Veteran Stories
Library of Congress
This Story Map highlights the unheard but essential parts of American history and honors Asian American veterans. 


Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage in the Collections
The Smithsonian
Browse through the Asian-Pacific American history and art showcased in this online collection

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Care Package
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
The Asian Pacific American Center curated a collection that features meditations, poems, and a short film among other offerings as a care package for Asian communities

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
The Asian Pacific American Center curated a collection of music featuring Asian, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander artists

Breaking APA Bias
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center
A video series breaking down the biases the Asian Pacific Americans face living in the United States



Scholarship Opportunities

Greater Orlando Asian American Bar Association 2023 Scholarship Program

Due Date: April 30, 2023

Award: $1,000.00 

Criteria: The GOAABA Scholarship Program is open to all current law students currently enrolled in a Florida law school and who intend to practice law in the Greater Orlando community after graduation. Please click here for key criteria. 

Submission: Must submit the following 1) a complete application, 2) a current resume, 3) a one-page statement, and 4) a current law-school transcript 

Email applications to: [email protected] 

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