Join the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan in recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Join the Area Agency on Aging of Western Michigan in recognizing Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. May marks Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month, a time when we celebrate the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to our society and culture. The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) has selected “Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity” as their theme for the series running from 2021-2024.
This month is particularly important as it provides an opportunity to raise awareness and understanding of the rich and diverse history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. From Chinese laborers who helped build the transcontinental railroad, Japanese Americans who fought bravely in World War II, to Filipino migrant workers who have played a vital role in our economy, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made significant contributions to the fabric of our nation.
We have compiled a list of resources for you to learn more about Asian American and Pacific Islander’s history and culture.
1. Explore the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Asian Art.
2. Learn through watching videos on culture, history, business and economics, music and performing arts, and more.
3. Support AANHPI businesses. Whether purchasing food, jewelry, art, or a service, spending your money with a local AANHPI business means a lot to small business owners and creators!
4. Reflect on your own unconscious biases that affect those in the AANHPI community by watching a video created by the National Institute of Health on “Facing Discrimination: Voices from the ASNHPI Community.”