Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Month in May, we have created a poster series featuring speech and debate coaches and alumni! In addition, you’ll find a literature collection featuring stories by or about people who identify as Asian American or Pacific Islander.

Poster Series

Click each image below to view individual posters, or download the complete set.
Know an alum the NSDA should feature in the future? Email us!

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Poster Series
SPEECH AND DEBATE EMPOWERS ME TO ADVOCATE FOR DIVERSITY AND INCLUSION IN ORDER TO MAKE THE WORLD KINDER, BRIGHTER, AND MORE LOVING. - Joanna Bai

Joanna Bai

DEBATE NOT ONLY PROVIDED ME THE KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, AND GUIDANCE TO QUESTION MYSELF AND THE WORLD AROUND ME, BUT ALSO A COMMUNITY THAT I WILL CHERISH FOREVER. - Ishan Bhatt

Ishan Bhatt

SPEECH AND DEBATE TAUGHT ME ABOUT LEADERSHIP, TEAMWORK, HUMILITY, AND EMPATHY. BUT MOST IMPORTANTLY, SPEECH AND DEBATE GAVE ME THE ABILITY TO BUILD MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS AND LASTING FRIENDSHIPS. - Quinlan Cao.

Quinlan Cao

PURPOSE. PASSION. PRIDE. THESE ARE PERSONAL VALUES, BUT THEY ARE ALSO VALUES THAT THE NSDA PROMOTES.  I LOVE SHARING AND TEACHING THESE VALUES WITH MY STUDENTS AND SEEING THEM DO THE SAME IN HIGH SCHOOL, COLLEGE, AND IN THEIR CAREERS. - Kristine Igawa

Kristine Igawa

SPEECH AND DEBATE TAUGHT ME THAT ALTHOUGH WE ARE FEW, WE ARE UNDENIABLY A FORCE TO BE RECKONED WITH. - Kimberly Lee

Kimberly Lee

SPEECH AND DEBATE HAS ENABLED ME TO EMPOWER MY STUDENTS AND OTHERS IN MY LIFE. LEARNING TO COMMUNICATE, BOTH SPEAKING AND LISTENING, IS HOW WE BEGIN TO UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER AND OURSELVES. WHEN WE TRULY UNDERSTAND EACH OTHER, THE WORLD WILL BE A MUCH BETTER PLACE. - David Long

David Long

Tiara Na'Puti

Tiara Na’Puti

SPEECH AND DEBATE SECURED MY BELIEF THAT THROUGH HARD WORK ANY GOAL IS ACHIEVABLE. - Tyler Simpson

Tyler Simpson

DEBATE TAUGHT ME HOW TO TAKE MY IDEAS, RESEARCH THEM, AND TURN THEM INTO STORIES OTHERS BELIEVE IN. I AM THE BEST ME POSSIBLE BECAUSE DEBATE GAVE ME SKILLS I’VE USED EVERY SINGLE DAY OF MY LIFE. - John Tao

John Tao

IN A WORLD WHERE WOMEN ARE TOLD TO BE SILENT, SPEECH AND DEBATE TAUGHT ME TO BE UNAFRAID OF SPEAKING UP. - Jacqueline Wei

Jacqueline Wei

NSDA Poster Template

You can make your own posters featuring current students, coaches, or alumni from your program! Download the template below and follow the instructions to start creating.

This resource is provided under the framework of our Honor Society. We ask that you please feature individuals who live by our Code of Honor.

Literature Collection

Looking for literature for a speech event? Check out our collection of works by Asian American and Pacific Islander authors.

Literature Collection
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