May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. All month long, we’re celebrating the change-makers, world shapers, and history makers of Asian American and Pacific Islander decent. Given the breadth and depth of the AAPI community, without their unique contributions to our world – it wouldn’t be the same.
The Asian American and Pacific Islander community is large and geographically diverse. AAPI communities include people who are from or have descended from East Asia, the Pacific Islands as well as West and South West Asia.
May was chosen to honor AAPI heritage to commemorate two important moments in Asian American history – the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the U.S. was on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad, which was built mostly by Chinese immigrants, was on May 10, 1869.
Celebrating AAPI month is especially significant this year with the rise in Anti-Asian sentiment throughout the country. We’ve created special education videos that will premiere weekly on our social media sites. Each video will highlight a phenomenal woman or girl of AAPI decent.
In addition to celebrating with us on social media. Here are other ways to Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month:
- Read and learn about the history of AAPI communities, both within the states and in their home and/or surrounding countries
- Start a book club with your Girl Scout troop
- Explore Historical Moments: Visit online museums, events, and exhibits for AAPI communities.
- The Smithsonian has a trove of resources for girls to learn about Asian American and Pacific Islander culture and history.
- Listen to oral histories of recent immigrants and refugees to Minnesota through the Minnesota Historical Society.
- Have a watch party: Read or watch works featuring or created by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
- The Center for Asian American Media has a searchable database of educational films and a list of their more current TV and film picks.
- PBS’s 5-episode opus Asian Americans, currently streaming for free.
- Dispel Stereotypes
- Teaching Tolerance outlines ways to start a conversation with your girls about the negative impacts of stereotyping, and how we can challenge and question those assumptions
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