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Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH)


The Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH): Dedicated to the Asian Pacific American Experience at Cal

APATH logoThe Asian Pacific American Theme House (APATH) was established in 1992 and is a residence for students who have an interest in Asian American and Pacific Islander history, culture, and contemporary issues. APATH provides a small community experience in a large university. The program offers a dynamic environment for interaction and learning through academic and social activities such as group discussions, cultural events, and community service. A live-in theme program assistant provides resources and support for residents’ social and academic needs. Our academic seminar brings together students and faculty, alumni, community leaders, activists, and other speakers to discuss a variety of topics. Through social and academic activities, students gain leadership skills, form a close-knit community, and have fun.

Program Requirements

APATH community members are expected to engage in and actively participate in the following theme program activities, including:

  • A yearlong (fall and spring) seminar, Asian American Studies 194A/B. The seminar is a 2-unit, graded class that meets once a week for two hours. If you’re admitted to APATH, you will be given more information about how to enroll in the seminar.
  • Community development activities and other Theme Program activities.
  • Sixty-minute APATH weekly meetings.
  • At least one APATH committee per semester.
  • APATH fall and spring retreats.

Signature Events & Programming 

Events include a wide variety of interaction with faculty and staff, as well as community activities. Examples of APATH activities include APATH Lantern Festival, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, Cal Day, high school outreach, retreats, and much more.

Living Space

APATH residents live together on a floor in Cunningham Hall in Unit 2, which is situated on the south edge of campus a few blocks away from the bustle of Telegraph Avenue. For more information about Unit 2, including amenities and features, academic services, and more, please visit


If you have additional questions about living arrangements that are not answered here, please email Residential Life at If you have questions about APATH, please email Eunice Kwon, Director, Asian Pacific American Student Development, at