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Supporting AAPI Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Author: Ashley Vukovich

As we enter May, it’s important to learn about what this month is recognized for. May is known as Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 

AAPI Heritage Month was first recognized federally in 1978, when President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation which established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week to take place in early May. Later, in 1992, Congress passed a law that officially designated an annual celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May. 

Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed annually to celebrate the contributions that generations of AAPIs have made to American history, society, and culture. Below are 3 ways that our communities can support AAPI Heritage Month:

  1. Support local AAPI owned restaurants. A quick Google search can help you find Asian-fusion cuisines in your area that fit your cravings, budget, and neighborhood.

  2. Visit the AAPI Festival in Daly City on May 12th! Support the Bay Area’s AAPI community by stopping by the festival to visit arts & crafts vendors, live performances, local artists, and enjoy free bowling! The festival will be held at 900 King Drive, Daly City, CA 94015.

  3. Donate to a charity that supports your local AAPI community. In the San Francisco area, consider donating to charities such as AAPI Women Lead. AAPIWL is an organization that works towards ending racial and gender violence, with focus on women and children.  

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