Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month celebrates all people with connections to Chinese, Indian, Japanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean, Hawaiian and other Asian and Pacific Islander ancestries and their valuable contributions to our society and culture. The participation and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the sport of figure skating have propelled the United States into the national and international spotlight.
Lawmakers chose to celebrate AAPI month in May since it has historical significance to the AAPI community in regard to their earliest immigrants’ history. May is seen by some as a commemoration of the immigration of the first Japanese people to the United States as well as the completion of the transcontinental railroad built by Chinese laborers.
What is AAPI Month?
How to Recognize and Celebrate AAPI Month
- Watch a documentary
- Visit an AAPI museum in your community
- Learn the difference between Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
- Listen to podcasts from the AAPI community
- Read books from AAPI authors
- Follow AAPI activists, educators and leaders on social media
- Learn how to pronounce Asian names
- Shop AAPI-owned businesses
- Help stop violence against AAPI communities
- Check your biases and commit to fighting racial discrimination in the workplace
Stories From Our Community
- Adult Skater Eva Meyer Peels Back the Layers to Embrace Her Taiwanese Heritage
- Gig Siruno’s Skating Takes Him Around the World
- The Nisei Sacrifice