Asian Heritage Month


This March, we’ve been working hard to bring you a great range of content for Asian Heritage Month 2022! It’s particularly exciting this year, as last year our AHM plans were derailed by the unexpected events of the global pandemic and the national lockdown. Covid-19 has also unfortunately brought us an increase in racism directed to East Asian people across the globe, with a disturbing rise in hate speech and hate crimes. It is especially critical that at these times we support each other and stand up for what is right, while not tolerating racism in any form. Although the pandemic still continues, this year we’ve been able to adapt to the situation and have planned a variety of events and activities that will be accessible to you all online, wherever you are!

Asian Heritage Month is a chance for us to celebrate the diversity of the Asian diaspora and explore the different cultures that make up this enormous continent. From cultural foods to pop culture icons, there is so much to discover across Asia! At Queen Mary, we’re lucky to have an incredibly diverse student body, many of whom are of Asian heritage and so it’s great to be able to focus on that this month. It’s also particularly relevant to us due to our own cultural context as many of us are based here in Tower Hamlets. East London has some of the highest population of Asians in the city so it’s great to have a month dedicated to celebrating those cultures. The experiences of British Asians are something we are eager to explore this month, so keep an eye out on our social media as we delve into the theme of identity amongst British Asians.

Watch our Asian Heritage Month Welcome Video


We have loads of great content and events that we have been working on to celebrate the heritage across the Asian Diaspora. Here a few highlights to look out for throughout the month:

Mukbang with Your Reps

Watch some of your executive officers and student reps try some Asian snacks and highlight some local Asian businesses that you can support around Mile End.

Sharing student stories

Check out the student profiles released on Instagram exploring what Asian Heritage Month means to your student leaders and watch our ‘in conversation with…’ video exploring identity with current students and your Students’ Union President, Shamima.

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Culture list

  • Know my Name - Chanel Miller
  • A Place For Us - Fatima Farheen Mirza
  • Norwegian Wood - Haruki Murakami
  • The White Tiger - Aravind Adiga
  • The Sympathiser - Viet Thanh Nguyen
  • Little Fires Everywhere - Celeste Ng
  • Tokyo Story
  • Rang de Basanti
  • Beijing Bicycle
  • Soekarno: Indonesia Merdeka
  • 1 Ðêm h?i Long Trì (A Night of Long Tri Festival)
  • Hoppers, Soho - Srilankan Cuisine
  • Yuu Kitchen Restaurant, Shoreditch - Japanese and Taiwanese Restaurant
  • BiBimBap, Soho - Korean Restaurant
  • China Tang, Mayfair - Chinese Restaurant
  • Sông Quê Café, Shoreditch - Vietnamese
  • Eat Tokyo - multiple locations - traditional Japanese

Some which are local/East London: BariBari - Korean in Aldgate East, Sen Viet Chay - Hoxton, Xi’an Biang Biang - traditional hand pulled noodles in Aldgate East

Societies Spotlight

This Asian Heritage Month, why not engage with some of our Asian Cultural Societies? There’s so many to choose from, find them on Instagram!

  • Afghan Society - @QmAfghansociety
  • Arab Society - @qmularabsoc
  • Association of British and Chinese University Students - @qmblabacus
  • Association of South East Asian Nations - @qmasean
  • Bangladesh Society - @qmblbsoc
  • Bhangra Society - @qmulbhangra
  • Bollywood Dance Society - @qm.bollywooddance
  • Chinese Society - @qmchisoc
  • Chinese Students and Scholars Association -
  • Emirati Society - @emiratisocietyqm
  • Filipino Society - @qmulfilisoc
  • Gozo Asian Society
  • Gozo Japanese Culture and Language Society -
  • Hong Kong Public Affairs and Social Services Society - @qmhkpass
  • Indian Society - @qmindiansociety
  • BL Indian Society - @blindiansociety
  • Indonesian Society - @qm.indosoc
  • International Society - @qminternationalsoc
  • Iranian Society - @qminternationalsoc
  • Iraqi Society - @qmiraqisociety
  • Japan Society - @qmiraqisociety
  • Korean Society - @qm_kcs
  • Kurdish Society - @qmkurdishsociety
  • Malaysian Society - @qm_ms
  • BL Middle Eastern Society - @blmesoc
  • Nepalese Society - @qmulnepsoc
  • Pakistan Society -
  • BL Pakistan Society - @blpaksoc
  • Punjabi Society - @qmpunjabisoc
  • Singapore Society - @qmsingsoc
  • Sri Lankan Society - @qmsrilankansociety
  • South Asian Arts and Cultural Society - @saacsqm
  • Tamil Society - @qmtamilsociety
  • BL Tamil Society - @bltamilsoc

Upcoming events

Get Active: Fencing SabreLight
31st January 5:45pm - 7:45pm
BLSA - Recovery Room
Alcohol Free | Sport
Get Active: TGC Futsal
1st February 11am - noon
Qmotion Sports Hall
Alcohol Free | Sport
Get Active: Fencing
1st February noon - 2pm
Qmotion Sports Hall
Alcohol Free | Sport
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