Fletcher Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022

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Observed annually each May, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the rich cultural diversity of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and recognize their vast contributions to our nation’s history. And in light of historical struggles as well as very recent ones, it serves as an important reminder to reflect on the strength and resilience of AAPI communities and recommit to a shared goal of equality for all.

Learn more about the AAPI experience – hope, pride and inspiration -- from voices across the Fletcher community.

Fletcher Reflections


Student and Alumni Reflections

Arya Thapa MALD ‘23

A cultural potluck with my fellow Fletcher friends recently inspired pride in my heritage. I was born in Kathmandu, Nepal – a landlocked country nestled in the heart of the Himalayas.

Chester Eng MGA ‘22

A getting-to-know-you conversation I had with a fellow Fletcher student I met for the first time within the past week recently inspired pride in my heritage.

Rhea Moss-Christian GBA ‘23

I’ve been feeling incredibly proud of the Marshall Islands’ leadership on climate change, oceans, and nuclear legacy issues. But these are not things that define who we are as Marshallese people.

Priyanka Upreti MALD ’23 and Matthew Lee MALD ’19

Fletcher student Priyanka Upreti (MALD ’23) interviews alumni Matthew Lee (MALD ’19) about his climate career and helping the AAPI community flourish.  

Max Fu, MBA ‘23 interviews Kartikeya Singh F 16

As part of the CIERP Alumni Perspectives series, student Max Fu (MBA ‘23) interviews Fletcher PhD alumni Kartikeya Singh
(F 16) about his work supporting clean energy transition efforts around the world.

Staff Reflections

Chan Som

I grew up in Lynn, MA, in the Northshore area – a small, diverse city sandwiched between the historical city of Salem and the coastline on the other side. You get to see different cultural hubs in different areas of town.

Faculty Reflections