Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May: Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Did you know?

From the United State Census Bureau: "In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869. In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a monthlong celebration now known as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month." Source: United State Census Bureau


In the College of Engineering, all are welcome. To better share the stories of how our faculty, staff, students and alumni are diverse in their many varying forms, we are celebrating various heritage and other nationally recognized months. This recognition will include stories about those in our greater engineering community, as well as sharing events and other opportunities.


Featured Stories

Leen-Kiat Soh
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Professor of Computer Science and Engineering
“Be persistent and invest time and effort. Be inquisitive and ask questions. Be mindful and think about your learning and acquiring new knowledge. Be open-minded and appreciate different viewpoints. Be caring and consider the impacts of your work. Seek help if you are doubtful.”

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Xuan Le working in a lab.
Read Xuan's Story
Student: Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering
“Cultural celebration fosters respect and open-mindedness. It is important to celebrate my heritage because I get to commemorate the events and traditions that have made me who I am today. Celebrating heritage doesn’t need to be huge; it can be as little as enjoying a home cooked meal with your family or dressing up in your traditional clothes.”

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Yongfeng Lu
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Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering
“From my own heritage and the different cultures I experienced in the four countries I have lived, I learned the importance and value of the diversity. Cultures and religions are cultivated through thousands of years by millions or billions of people. Through respect and mutual understanding, we can build strong bonds with colleagues and collaborators.”

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Emily Ritzdorf sitting with her parents at Pinnacle Bank Arena for a Huskers basketball game.
Read Emily's Story
Student: Architectural Engineering
“Celebrating one's heritage is important to my family and me because although our blood isn't the same we can still honor the people and traditions from the past. This diversity of my upbringing has allowed me a unique outlook on life and realize that people are not that different from one another.”

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