May was Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, but we have ways to celebrate all year! AAPI Month is a celebration of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States. ”Asian/Pacific” encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. Learn more about AAPI Heritage Month!
Here are some great ways you can celebrate:
Check out Stilt House Food and Identity from the Cambodian American Literary Arts Association (CALAA). Nonotuck APD Samantha Chhrech shares a piece titled A Tribute To My Loving Mom, Ruom Cheng, and her niece is the Executive Director of CALAA!
Care Package is the Asian Pacific American Center's online exhibition curated with love in difficult times. This exhibition includes short films, poems, music, and meditations.
Choose from this list of 21 Ideas & Activities To Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month which includes books to read, businesses to support, activists to follow, ways to volunteer, and resources for kids.
Learn how Nonotuck developed a love-based ideology of care. We started our shared living program as an alternative to group homes for people with disabilities. Instead, Shared Living creates genuine life transformation for people with disabilities, as well as families and communities. The true power of caregiving is found through hospitality, authenticity, and love.