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Diversity and Inclusion

Asian American & Pacific Islander Month

May 03, 2022
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AAPI Heritage Month began in the late 1970’s, but it took until 1992 for AAPI Heritage month to become an official and permanent celebration in the US with the passing of Public Law 102-540.  This is a time to recognize and celebrate the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups from Asian American and Pacific Islander descent. As of 2019 there were 22.9 million people of Asian or Pacific Islander descent in the United States, making up 7% of the total US population.  It is important to remember that the AAPI Community consists of more than 50 ethnic groups, grouped together as a demographic purely because of vague geographic borders. It’s impossible to capture a singular “Asian American experience.” 


The story behind Asian Pacific American Heritage, and why it’s celebrated in May - NPR

“May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continents and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.”

Hostility to Asian Americans: an urgent workplace problem - Human Resource Executive 

“Incidents of violence and discrimination against members of Asian American and Pacific Islander communities are on the rise nationwide, and the alarming trend is bleeding into the workplace.” 

The Making of Asian America: A History - Erika Lee

“Lee provides a new look at understanding America itself, including all of the complicated web of history amongst races, immigration, and what it means in society today. Relive much of the forgotten history of Asian Americans in the last half-century… Gain true insigne into the Asian American experience, not just the Chinese or Japanese, but also the Korean, Filipino, Vietnamese, South Asian, and Southeast Asian experiences and perspectives.”

Sour Heart - Jenny Zhang

A fresh new voice emerges with the arrival of Sour Heart, establishing Jenny Zhang as a frank and subversive interpreter of the immigrant experience in America. She conjures the disturbing and often hilarious experience of adolescence through the eyes of Chinese American girls growing up in New York City. Her stories cut across generations and continents, moving from the fraught halls of a public school in Flushing, Queens, to the tumultuous streets of Shanghai, China during the Cultural Revolution of the 1960’s.

Amid Growing Anti-Asian Racism, A Call For More Research Into Its Health Effects - NPR

Adapted from “‘It Just Stays With You’: The Corrosive Health Effects Of Decades”. “Racism against Asians has a long history and anti-Asian hate incidents have been on the rise in recent years. But research into health effects on Asian Americans of living with such violence is sparse. Health scientists like Chang say that’s been damaging to the Asian community, and the research gap needs to close as soon as possible.”



Asian American Hisotry 101 with Gen & Ted - Apple Podcasts

“Asian American History 101 is co-hosted by Gen and Ted Lai, a daughter and father team. The podcast will entertain and educate people as Gen and Ted dive into the vast history of Asian Americans from their contributions to their struggles to their triumphs.”

Asian Enough - Spotify

“From the LA Times, Asian Enough is a podcast about being Asian American -- the joys, the complications and everything in between. In each episode, hosts Jen Yamato, Johana Bhuiyan, Tracy Brown and Suhauna Hussain of the times invite special guests to share personal stories and unpack identity on their own terms. They explore the vast diaspora across cultures, backgrounds and generations, and try to expand the way in which being Asian American is defined.”

Trailblazers - South Asian Trailblazers

“We dive into the professional journeys of South Asian trailblazers, leaders and dreamers across industries. We’re the torchbearers, sharing the stories of those lighting the way across the Diaspora and beyond.”



The Farewell

“Written and directed by Lulu Wang, Billi’s family returns to China under the guise of a fake wedding to stealthily say goodbye to their beloved matriarch - the only person that doesn’t know she only has a few weeks to live.” 

Midnight Diner

Patrons of an otherwise mundane Japanese diner find simple yet profound connections with one another based on the shared love of a particular dish. A small eatery called Meshiya -- also referred to as the Midnight Diner -- resides in the back alley of a bustling district. Despite the eatery's unusual hours, 12 a.m. to 7 a.m., a menagerie of customers flock to the establishment each night for a bite to eat and to visit with the proprietor, known as the Master. While there is a menu, which includes pork miso soup set, sake, beer and shochu, the Master makes whatever his customers request. As patrons bond with the Master, they find nourishment for their bellies and their souls.


A tender and sweeping story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to an Arkansas farm in search of their own American Dream. The family home changes completely with the arrival of their sly, foul-mouthed, but incredibly loving grandmother. Amidst the instability and challenges of this new life in the rugged Ozarks, Minari shows the undeniable resilience of family and what really makes a home.”

The Namesake

“Based on world-renowned author Jhumpa Lahiri's novel by the same name, "The Namesake" (2007), directed by Mira Nair, follows a young couple who immigrated to the United States to start a family after having an arranged marriage in Calcutta. The story spans over thirty years as the Ganguli family finds roots in America. The story then shifts focus to their son Gogol on his identity journey. Gogol's one wish is to fit in with New York life. However, his choices often conflict with his family's traditional values and expectations.”

Finding ‘Ohana

“A celebration of Pacific Islander heritage, "Finding ‘Ohana" (2021) is a culturally aware update of the cult classic "The Goonies" that celebrates native Hawaiians' culture and customs. The story begins with Pili and her family in NYC, who suddenly find themselves transported to a rural part of O'ahu when her grandfather suffers a heart attack. While there, she and her brother embark on a treasure hunt to save their family land. Along the way, Pili learns more about Hawaiian culture and the way of the island.”



National Leadership Training Program - Federal Asian Pacific American Council

“FAPAC invites all employees of the Federal and DC governments, as well as veterans, to the 37th National Leadership Training Program. The FAPAC NLTP is a reputable training program for public servants that delivers high-quality workshops, networking opportunities and practical strategies for personal and professional development as it relates to the 2022 theme.”

Japan’s Floating World and the Evolution of the Stand-In - The Cleveland Museum of Art

Tuesday, May 3, 12:00pm

Gartner Auditorium


Japan’s Floating World - Through October 9

Martial Art of India - Through August 21 

Migrations of Memory - The Poetry and Power of Music - Through May 8 

Creating Urgency: Modern and Contemporary Korean Art - Through October 23 

Rising Chef Series, AAPI Heritage Month Dinner Pop-up Featuring Chefs David Nguyen, Kevin Lee, Tway Nguye & Chris Ono

Dates available throughout May

Downtown Los Angeles 

Japanese American Cultural & Community Center

The Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival in New York

Mot St, New York City

Throughout the month of May, in-person and virtual events



Stop AAPI Hate - “Our communities stand against racism. Hate against Asian American Pacific Islander communities has risen during the COVID-19 pandemic. Together, we can stop it. Report. Educate. Engage. Donate.”

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