What is Asian American Heritage Week?

Asian American Heritage Week (AAHW) will be held from January 28-February 7, 2019 at Northeastern University. This collection of events is just a small taste of the diversity that represents Asian America – both at Northeastern, and beyond. Our hope is that together, these events will spark discussion and inquiry about where we have come from as Asian Americans, and where we are going. Stop by, take a look, learn more about who we are.

While Asian American Heritage Month is traditionally celebrated in May, we celebrate in February to give our community an opportunity to fully participate in and enjoy the week of events. Our heritage week includes the Day of Remembrance which honors the anniversary of the signing of Executive Order 9066 which sent 120,000 Japanese Americans into internment camps during World War II.

For more information about AAHW: nuaahw@gmail.com

Asian American Heritage Month 2019

Asian American Heritage Week Co-Chairs

The Asian American Heritage Week Co-chairs are two students who help in creating a theme, curating events for the week, and coordinating the student community to build awareness for AAHW. They work closely with the AAC staff, APIDA student organizations, and folks in the APIDA community to bring the community together.

Roshni Thyagrajan

Hometown: East Brunswick, NJ
Major: Behavioral Neuroscience, minor in Spanish
Roshni Thyagrajan is a fourth year undergraduate student at Northeastern University, graduating in May 2019. Born in south India but raised in suburban New Jersey, Roshni has always had questions about her identity and sense of belonging. 
Her work with the Asian American community at Northeastern, first on the executive board of UTSAV South Asian Organization and now as AAHM 2019 co-chair, has given her a broader self-understanding. The unconventional education she has received through the Asian American Center has empowered her to step into leadership roles within communities of color. In her spare time, Roshni volunteers as an English language tutor and watches lots of indie and superhero movies.

Melanie Barbini

Melanie Barbini is a 4th year Behavioral Neuroscience major that is currently in the process of applying for MD, PhD programs. She has been very involved in the Asian American Center and served as co-chair for the Asian American Peer Mentoring Program (AASIA) last year. She has a passion for engaging the community and encouraging others to pursue fundamental questions that challenge how they initially perceive themselves or others. Outside of the Asian American Center, Melanie is also Executive Vice President of the Chi Sigma Chapter of Alpha Kappa Psi and involved in Club Taekwondo. In her free time, Melanie loves to go on runs along the Charles and spend time with her dogs.

Past Asian American Heritage Week Themes:

AAHW 2009


AAHW 2010


AAHW 2011


AAHW 2012


AAHW 2013- Spring

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AAHW 2013- Fall



AAHW 2014

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AAHW 2015

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AAHW 2017

AAHW 2018