Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month is as significant as any other commemoration. Understand and learn more about it in this article.
One of the highlights that we look forward to in May is celebrating AAPI Heritage Month. If you are wondering why AAPI Heritage Month is celebrated in the fifth month of the year, the first Japanese settlers arrived in the United States on May 7, 1843. On May 10, 1863, it was also when the Transcontinental Railroad was built and completed. It is said that there were approximately 20,000 Chinese Laborers who worked in the completion of it. Unfortunately, over a thousand lives were also lost during the railroad’s construction because of explosions and other natural disasters.
New York Representative Frank Horton initiated the effort of recognizing AAPI Heritage Month in 1977 and Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye in the same year. Although their resolutions weren’t accepted, their intent didn’t stop from there. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed Public Law 95-419, a significant step in the coming years for AAPI recognition. In time, AAPI Heritage Month has been commemorated annually.
Why Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month Is Important
Asian-American Pacific Islanders AAPI has significantly contributed to society. In the many aspects of American society & culture, the Asian-American Pacific Islander community has been a part of achievements in education, arts, literature, recreations, sports, medicine, science, politics, laws, activism, etc.
However, the AAPI community is still jeopardized and goes through stereotypical prejudice despite the facts mentioned above. Therefore, AAPI Heritage Month must be recognized in ways that educate society. Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month should be a moment of learning the history of how the AAPI community contributed significantly to American history and should continue to be recognized as an integral part of the country’s success. Moreover, it is a time where we honor and highlight the community’s stories and spread awareness of the racism, violence, and the likes that every AAPI meets, especially in these trying times of world crisis because of the pandemic.
How to Support & Celebrate AAPI Heritage
The pandemic has unfurled hate, violence, xenophobia, bigotry, and bias towards the AAPI community. According to an NBC report, almost 11,000 incident reports were recorded in just over a year. This concerning and very alarming number of hate reports has pushed the AAPI community and other groups and individuals to form coalitions and movements to spread awareness, so any hateful behavior must be avoided and stopped.
To recognize the AAPI Heritage Month, we have gathered the best ways to give support to the AAPI community and celebrate AAPI Heritage Month profoundly.
Learn More About The AAPI Community
Supporting and celebrating AAPI Heritage Month should start by educating oneself with resources that tackle the history of AAPI and topics circling the challenges met by the community every day. Below are platforms that provide education, the latest news, and more.
Report All Incidents to Authority
In a report by NBC, it is said that new research finds a mind-boggling 339% increase in reported hate crimes that mostly happened in big cities. This AAPI Heritage Month, one way to support the community is to report even the slightest discrimination; It could be anyone, no matter the ethnicity. We've listed here some of the organizations of service to the community.
Volunteer for the Community
Another way to honor the AAPI Heritage Month is by doing volunteer work. Heart of Dinner has taken the initiative in supporting the AAPI community, especially the elderlies, through care packages such as packed meals, grocery essentials, and many more. The group has worked with AAPI business owners too.
In support of our community, Kits by Food Craft has partnered with Heart of Dinner in extending our love and care for our elderlies in these trying times. Join us in making a difference today. Turn your care into action. Visit their website now to know more.
Make A Donation
Before the pandemic, groups were already formed to support different communities, including the AAPIs. To celebrate the AAPI Heritage Month, even the smallest donation could go a long way in helping these movements and foundations to support the AAPI community in so many ways. We've found three existing organizations that accommodate donations to extend their help to the community.
Support AAPI-Owned Small Businesses
Another great way to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month is by supporting all AAPI-owned small businesses. Since the pandemic, an enormous loss, especially in businesses, was felt in AAPI-owned businesses. It’s made even worse because of the stigma that the percentage of the society has implied on the Asian community surrounding CoViD. Supporting businesses that give back to the AAPI community is vital now.
A Memorable AAPI Heritage Month Celebration
Kits by Food Craft is not just a part of the AAPI community, but we stand in solidarity with our community. As a multicultural, women-owned small business, we encourage awareness of challenges that our community faces at any time. Our culture embraces diversity and inclusivity through our shared experiences. And we are committed to celebrating cultures and communities quarterly and every day.
In celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, we are featuring world cultures. We have thoughtfully planned experiences of their rich cultural heritage and history of their food, drinks, arts, and crafts. We are dedicated to encouraging learning while having fun in our unique experiences.
A virtual experience of practicing Japanese marbling technique using authentic Japanese Sumi Ink. Check out this BTS from our Suminagashi experience!
Let's celebrate Taiwan's infamous drink through our Bubble Tea Making virtual experience. In this event, we go back to the origins of Bubble Milk Tea, its fun facts, a taste of three uniquely flavored boba recipes, and more of Taiwan's culture.
Our Chai Masterclass is a custom experience you can host. Our local Indian instructor from Jaipur will teach you how to brew India’s traditional tea most authentical while also virtually exploring India’s rich customs and traditions. We also have Henna and Culture experience to try!
We want to create more memories celebrating AAPI Heritage Month in May by offering our in-person virtual experiences again. Let’s celebrate diversity through celebrations of cultures in our variety of food, drinks, and arts and crafts events.