The Asian Pacific Student Association (APSA) is a progressive network of constituent organizations that empower the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community at the University of California, Irvine. Through a commitment to education, advocacy, community outreach and active political participation, APSA promotes diversity throughout the community at large. In pursuing these goals, APSA strives towards the establishment of equality in a multicultural society.

In March of 1981, Terry Hayamizu formed the Asian/ Pacific Student and Staff Association at the University of California, Irvine in response to several suicide attempts made by Asian American students who felt trapped between two cultures. This organization functioned as a social support network, which sought to promote cultural sensitivity and awareness through educating UCI staff and students. As the needs of the students changed, so did the focus of the organization. Consequently, the Asian Pacific Student Association was formed in 1988 to better address the specific needs of students. Since then, APSA has grown as an organization. In addition to its role as a social support network, APSA has established itself as a political entity challenging the issues that affect Asian and Pacific Islander students.

The Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month (APIHM) is a month long event with workshops, speakers and performances where we, as APSA along side with our constituents, shed light on the Asian American experience. This year we will have programs, workshops, and events, including the search for the Top 30 Most Influential Asian American Students at UCI, APSA’s Annual Talent-Art Benefit Show  |  ACYD: Always Chase Your Dreams, Spoken Word Showcase: Refugee Experiences, APSAlympics, APIA-U Leadership Seminar, and more.

Check back frequently for the most updated information regarding APIHM!


    Asian Pacific-Islander Heritage Month (APIHM) is hosted by the Asian Pacific Student Association at UCI and features various programs, workshops, and events that celebrate the APIA culture and address pertinent issues in the APIA community.

    Please refer to the tabs above for more details regarding each event.

  • Contact Us

    Any inquiries regarding Asian Pacific-Islander Heritage Month can be directed to Programming Coordinators, Siamrath (Sam) Boonsakul and Alison Tominaga, at apsa.programming@gmail.com


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