AAPI Heritage Month
May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.
It’s mostly observed in the US, but since we have Asian and Pacific Islander people and cultures all over the world, it makes sense to celebrate it globally.
In honor of every AAPI Heritage Month, we share a series every week throughout the month – sharing the history of AAPI and Asian and Pacific Islander culture in general, the significance of their heritage, and the amazing accomplishments made by them in the entertainment and localization industry.
Amplify, Support & Learn
This is how we educate ourselves on how we can best amplify and support the Asian and Pacific Islander communities, people, and culture.
Educating ourselves and reading deeper into their history and understanding the barriers they have and are still facing will allow us to better advocate for them in our industry and daily lives. It will also allow us to celebrate their success and important role in our history and industry.
Read About It
Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong
Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
Yellow Peril!, edited by John Kuo Wei Tchen and Dylan Yeats
All You Can Ever Know, by Nicole Chung
China Men, by Maxine Hong Kingston
Native Speaker, by Chang-Rae Lee
Children of Invention (2009)
Picture Bride (1994)
Where to Donate
How to Support
Support of Asian American Pacific Islander Month and the Asian/Pacific Islander communities can be done by more than donations.
It can be done by –
- Listening to the stories told by those communities.
- Reading up on their history and culture.
- Traveling to local areas in your city that has a significant connection to the people of AAPI descent and played a part in their history.
- Supporting AAPI creators, artists, and business owners.
- Taking an educational trip to the Pacific Islands and Asian countries.
- Being more aware and taking a stand when they are being disrespected soley for their ethnicity and heritage.