May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, established in 1992 to celebrate to honor AAPI cultures and history. According to the U.S. Senate, the annual celebration honors the many contributions and accomplishments of Asian Americans, Pacific Islander Americans, and Native Hawaiians.
Here are ways that we can celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, in Phoenix and beyond.
1. Learn About Asian American History
PBS filmed a three episode miniseries on the history, struggles and successes of Asian Americans. Click here to donate to PBS and start watching.
2. Learn About AAPI Stereotypes
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center created a video series that explores harmful AAPI stereotypes. Watch below learn more about AAPI history that spans multiple timelines, identities and geographies.
3. Support AAPI Restaurants, Shops and Artists.
Here are five restaurants close to our location in Downtown Phoenix to check out:
- Harumi Sushi and Sake
- Vegan House
- Thai Basil Signature
- Blue Fin
- Omoide Sushi and Noodle
Here are five places across Phoenix where you can honor AAPI Heritage Month and learn more about its history.
- The Japanese Friendship Garden
- The Musical Instrument Museum (MIM)
- The Phoenix Art Museum
- MADE Art Boutique
- Coe House
4. Stand up and Speak out Against AAPI Hate
It’s imperative to speak out against anti-Asian hate and support initiatives that support Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. The AAPI Equity Alliance is a culmination of organizations that work to advocate for AAPI rights and ensure the needs of AAPI communities are being met. You can donate to show your support or subscribe to their newsletter to learn more about current events and ways you can support the AAPI communities.