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The Top Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Speakers for 2024

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, when we celebrate the AAPI communities who have made this country what it is. Lavin is proud to represent the world’s top AAPI Heritage Month speakers on solidarity and social justice: from a Pulitzer Prize-winning author to the celebrity chef whose memoir was adapted into the longest-running Asian-American sitcom ever. In powerful talks on the history and future of Asian America, these dynamic speakers embody and explore the 2024 AAPI Heritage Month theme of “Advancing Leaders Through Innovation.” Read on to learn more about our speakers, as well as the history and importance of AAPI Heritage Month.

Jeff Chang

How do we rebuild together? Solidarity is the key, says this renowned social historian. He’s a commentator for the PBS Asian Americans series and author of several books, including the highly anticipated Water Mirror Echo: Bruce Lee and the Making of Asian America. “Solidarity is the work of acting for each other. Solidarity is our shared past, and solidarity is our shared future,” he says.

 

Hua Hsu

This Pulitzer Prize winner’s memoir, Stay True, is “an evolutionary step for Asian American literature” (Vulture). It follows his university friendship with another Asian-American student, and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, TIME, The Washington Post, and more. In it, Hua explores identity, friendship, grief, pop culture, and the power of diverse stories.

 

Wajahat Ali

We can’t give in to cynicism, says this author and columnist—true diversity is still possible, even in an age of polarization. A hilarious and dynamic speaker, he’s the author of the memoir Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American. In talks, he proves that when we invest in hope and share our stories, we can build the America we want to live in.

 

Laura Huang

Although Asian-Americans face systemic biases and inaccurate perceptions, you can use even that to your advantage, says this Northeastern professor. As the author of Edge, she explores the research that’s been done on AAPI experiences in the workplace and on campus, and proves that you can turn your unique background into a unique advantage by being your authentic self.

 

Anand Giridharadas

Today, it feels harder than ever to build a movement and come together for a common goal—but this internationally bestselling author says there’s still hope. As the author of The Persuaders, he’s developed a playbook with tried-and-true tactics for building solidarity and reaching out to those who think differently from us—while still holding fast to what we believe.

 

Eddie Huang

This director, producer, and celebrity chef has never hesitated to step outside the mainstream. He first broke onto the cultural scene with his Taiwanese restaurant Baohaus, which he opened to tell an underrepresented story through food, and his bestselling memoir Fresh Off the Boat was adapted into the longest running Asian-American sitcom ever. In talks, he reveals the secrets to this incredible creativity.

 

Candy Chang

What do you want to do before you die? That’s the question that this public space artist posed to her neighbors—with incredible results. In talks, she reveals how art can inspire communities, bring people together across division, and help us live better lives. We can make space for different voices, she says—and in doing so, prove to ourselves and each other that we’re not alone.

 

What is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month?

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, observed in May, is a celebration of the rich history and diverse cultures of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. This month, we recognize the significant contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on the history, culture, and achievements of our country. AAPI Heritage Month events, which take place nationwide, help us dive into the stories and legacies of AAPI trailblazers, drawing inspiration from their experiences to forge a more inclusive future.

What’s the history of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month?

In 1978, a joint resolution was passed by the House and the Senate to commemorate “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” It was initially a week-long celebration during the first 10 days in May, to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (largely built by Chinese immigrants) on May 10, 1869. In 1990, the week was expanded into a month-long observance, officially designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992. This month serves as a reminder of the perseverance and strength of the AAPI community, recognizing their struggles and triumphs throughout American history and highlighting their enduring cultural impact.

Why book an AAPI Heritage Month speaker?

The right Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month speaker can have a powerful impact on your May event. The top AAPI Heritage Month speakers bring a wealth of knowledge, personal stories, and insights that can enlighten and inspire your audience. Whether your goal is to foster diversity and inclusion, gain a deeper understanding of AAPI history, or spark meaningful discussions about racial justice and cultural identity, our AAPI speakers offer invaluable perspectives for any audience.

Lavin is proud to exclusively represent the world’s top AAPI Heritage Month speakers. Their compelling stories and practical advice are essential for anyone looking to embrace diversity, promote solidarity, and build a more inclusive community. Contact us today to bring one of our speakers to your May event!

Watch an exclusive highlight reel of just a few of our AAPI Heritage Month speakers:

Jeff Chang

How do we rebuild together? Solidarity is the key, says this renowned social historian. He’s a commentator for the PBS Asian Americans series and author of several books, including the highly anticipated Water Mirror Echo: Bruce Lee and the Making of Asian America. “Solidarity is the work of acting for each other. Solidarity is our shared past, and solidarity is our shared future,” he says.  

Hua Hsu

This Pulitzer Prize winner’s memoir, Stay True, is “an evolutionary step for Asian American literature” (Vulture). It follows his university friendship with another Asian-American student, and was named one of the best books of the year by The New York Times, TIME, The Washington Post, and more. In it, Hua explores identity, friendship, grief, pop culture, and the power of diverse stories.  

Wajahat Ali

We can't give in to cynicism, says this author and columnist—true diversity is still possible, even in an age of polarization. A hilarious and dynamic speaker, he’s the author of the memoir Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American. In talks, he proves that when we invest in hope and share our stories, we can build the America we want to live in.  

Laura Huang

Although Asian-Americans face systemic biases and inaccurate perceptions, you can use even that to your advantage, says this Northeastern professor. As the author of Edge, she explores the research that's been done on AAPI experiences in the workplace and on campus, and proves that you can turn your unique background into a unique advantage by being your authentic self.  

Anand Giridharadas

Today, it feels harder than ever to build a movement and come together for a common goal—but this internationally bestselling author says there's still hope. As the author of The Persuaders, he's developed a playbook with tried-and-true tactics for building solidarity and reaching out to those who think differently from us—while still holding fast to what we believe.  

Eddie Huang

This director, producer, and celebrity chef has never hesitated to step outside the mainstream. He first broke onto the cultural scene with his Taiwanese restaurant Baohaus, which he opened to tell an underrepresented story through food, and his bestselling memoir Fresh Off the Boat was adapted into the longest running Asian-American sitcom ever. In talks, he reveals the secrets to this incredible creativity.  

Candy Chang

What do you want to do before you die? That’s the question that this public space artist posed to her neighbors—with incredible results. In talks, she reveals how art can inspire communities, bring people together across division, and help us live better lives. We can make space for different voices, she says—and in doing so, prove to ourselves and each other that we’re not alone.  

What is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month?

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, observed in May, is a celebration of the rich history and diverse cultures of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. This month, we recognize the significant contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders on the history, culture, and achievements of our country. AAPI Heritage Month events, which take place nationwide, help us dive into the stories and legacies of AAPI trailblazers, drawing inspiration from their experiences to forge a more inclusive future.

What’s the history of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month?

In 1978, a joint resolution was passed by the House and the Senate to commemorate "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week." It was initially a week-long celebration during the first 10 days in May, to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (largely built by Chinese immigrants) on May 10, 1869. In 1990, the week was expanded into a month-long observance, officially designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992. This month serves as a reminder of the perseverance and strength of the AAPI community, recognizing their struggles and triumphs throughout American history and highlighting their enduring cultural impact.

Why book an AAPI Heritage Month speaker?

The right Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month speaker can have a powerful impact on your May event. The top AAPI Heritage Month speakers bring a wealth of knowledge, personal stories, and insights that can enlighten and inspire your audience. Whether your goal is to foster diversity and inclusion, gain a deeper understanding of AAPI history, or spark meaningful discussions about racial justice and cultural identity, our AAPI speakers offer invaluable perspectives for any audience. Lavin is proud to exclusively represent the world's top AAPI Heritage Month speakers. Their compelling stories and practical advice are essential for anyone looking to embrace diversity, promote solidarity, and build a more inclusive community. Contact us today to bring one of our speakers to your May event! Watch an exclusive highlight reel of just a few of our AAPI Heritage Month speakers: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCU9f7reABY

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