May is recognized as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time to celebrate the diverse cultures of the Asian continent (including East, Southeast, and South Asia), the culture of Native Hawaiian peoples, and the cultures of the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. This is also a time to recognize the accomplishments of members of the AAPI community in the United States and the innumerable ways in which they have shaped history.
“From serving our country in uniform, advocating for civil rights, starting new businesses, and winning Olympic medals, the contributions of the AA and NHPI community touch the lives of Americans every day,” says President Biden in the yearly White House proclamation celebrating AAPI Heritage Month.
- The process to get Asian American, Native Hawaiian, And Pacific Islander Heritage Month recognized was a 10 year process! Learn all about this from History.com.
- Teachers, see the Library of Congress’ Asian Pacific American Heritage Resources Page for ideas to share with your students.
- PBS has a collection of stories highlighting Asian and Pacific Islander history, traditions, and cultures.