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Honoring AAPI Heritage Month this May

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month is an opportunity to celebrate the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans on the history, culture, and achievements of the United States, as well as to acknowledge the discrimination and injustices AAPI communities have endured. As we approach nearly 40 years since Congress designated May AAPI Heritage Month, we have a lot to reflect on. A number of tragic events over the past year have put a spotlight on both the rise in individualized instances of AAPI hate and racial violence, as well as the systems of exclusion faced by AAPI communities, amplifying the national dialogue around interconnected issues like misogyny, colonialism, and migration. As the commemoration of this month reminds us, however, AAPI communities have a long, enduring history in the Americas. From the migration of Filipino sailors in 1750, to the labor of Chinese, Indians, and Filipinos, referred to as slaves or "coolies" in South America, to the migration of Chinese and Japanese workers to the U.S. for economic opportunity –until restricted by national immigration policy – the AAPI community has been an important part of our story.

We look forward to using this month as an opportunity to open dialogues, share national and local perspectives, and celebrate some of the many AAPI leaders who have shaped the trajectory of this country in meaningful ways.

As part of our effort to amplify voices and histories that aren’t often memorialized in our textbooks, we have compiled a list of AAPI materials to read, listen to, reflect on and absorb. In addition, we want to lift up some of the incredible organizations we work with that are driven by or support AAPI communities.

In the coming weeks, we will share across our social media channels some of the dynamic AAPI leaders who have and are changing the way we think, work, and live. We hope this month gives all of us a chance to learn from and be inspired by the ways AAPI communities are fighting in solidarity with others for economic, racial, and social justice!

We are proud to work alongside these partners in the fight for justice and encourage you to learn more about their work:

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How will you commit to honoring AAPI Heritage Month?