AAPI Heritage Month 2024

AAPI Heritage Month 2024

Throughout May, Burroughs students and faculty members are celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month with special performances and presentations in morning assembly. 

  • Dhruva Lahoti '25 spoke about the history of Bollywood and shared some of his favorite Bollywood films.
     
  • Mr. Chen (English, DEIE) read his original poem "You Walk Up to the Park and There's One Chinese Guy."
     
  • The Performance Club welcomed a guest performer to play "Dance of the Yi Tribe" on the guzheng, a Chinese plucked zither that originated during the Qin Dynasty.
     
  • John Zarek '24 spoke about anti-Asian hate, highlighting the story of Vincent Chin, a Chinese American who was killed in a racially motivated assault in the early 1980s. 
     
  • Travis Ning '25, Thomas Urano '25, and Logan Lu '25 shared some favorite Asian foods. In a separate assembly, Avary Choe '28, Amara Mahoney '28, Aliyah Elbeck '28, and Averill Yi '28 shared some of their favorite Asian restaurants in the St. Louis area.
     
  • Rafe Rosario-Blake '26 and Iris Wang '26 spoke about intersectionality and Asian diasporas across Latin America. Then, Mr. Roberts (History Fellow) spoke about the legacy of Grace Lee Boggs, a Chinese American human rights activist known for her cross-racial organizing work.
     
  • Miko Kim '25 sang two Japanese songs, "Planetarium" by Ai Otsuka and the more traditional "Amagi-goe."
     
  • Ms. Dodson-Ching (History) spoke about some of her family's favorite Asian American children's books and the importance of representation in children's literature.
     
  • Anohki Desai '25 spoke about various styles of Indian dance.
     
  • Anya Liu '24 spoke about the model minority myth, its historical roots, and its harmful effects on society.
     
  • Ms. Smith (English) her family's Chinese American heritage and the ways she is both learning about and amplifying Chinese culture while raising her daughters.
     
  • Elsa Lattanand '25 spoke about representation and how conversations in the 10th Grade Diversity Seminar have helped her develop her understanding of her own racial identity.
     
  • Mr. Wang (Science Fellow) spoke about plants that can be found on the Burroughs campus that have Asian roots, highlighting the history and cultural significance of each plant.

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