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Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage: Getting Started

AAPI Heritage Month

Asian American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American/Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is observed during the month of May. It recognizes the contributions and influences of the AAPI communities to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

Asian Americans are the fastest growing ethnic group in the US and include individuals with backgrounds from Southern and Southeast Asia, Central Asia, Western Asia, the Indian subcontinent, and the Pacific Islands which include Hawai'i, the Philippines, and more.

To learn more about the creation of AAPI Heritage Month, read this NPR article.

The following TED Talks will help you learn more about the discrimination Asian Americans face and the need to include Asian American voices in activism and civic engagement: