May is AAPI/APIDA Heritage Month!!
AAPI/APIDA Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians, Southeast Asians, East Asians, and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The month of May was chosen as AAPI/APIDA Heritage Month to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.
2021 has been a tumultuous time for the United States’ vast Asian-American population; the Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans communities continue to face a surging rate of hate crimes. We hope that you and your family will consider making some time to celebrate the many contributions made by generations of AAPI/APIDA people who have enriched our nation’s history.
The PS 107 Diversity Committee
- Virtually visit places across America that are significant to Asian Americans, courtesy of the National Park Service.
- Participate in a 5-day study of several countries through the Asia Society’s (Texas) “At-Home Adventures through Asia.” Learn about the Philippines, China, Korea, Japan, Vietnam, India, and Indonesia.
- Did you know that over one billion Asians are Muslim? The Asia Society (Texas) has put together two weeks of activities celebrating Eid al-Fitr and showcasing Islamic traditions, arts and crafts, food, and music.
- Have a family watch party for a kids movie that embraces Asian culture. Try Disney’s Raya and the Last Dragon or Netflix's Over the Moon. Both movies feature all-Asian casts.
Virtual-but-Live Events, All Free!
- Join the Asia Society (NY) for some family-friendly activities through their “Asian Americans Building America” series. Learn more about Ruth Asawa (May 13 at 4:30 pm), Larry Itliong (May 20 at 4:30 pm), or Kalpana Chawla (May 27 at 4:30 pm) , and join Yangsook Choi as she reads her famous children’s book, The Name Jar, on May 29 at 10:30 am.
- Check out San Diego’s public library events for kids including:
- “Children’s Book Talk:” When You Trap a Tiger on May 15 and All Thirteen on May 29.
- “Bilingual Storytime:” Eyes that Kiss in the Corners in Spanish, English, and American Sign Language and Pamilya Ko in Tagalog and English on May 21.
- “Art of Cartooning:” drawing demonstrations of kawaii characters such as Hello Kitty (May 11), Badtz-Maru (May 18) and Rilakkuma (May 25).
Please note that activity times are listed in Pacific Standard Time, so please add three hours to adjust for our time zone.
- Like to cook? Do you enjoy Southeast Asian food? This activity is for grown ups but promises to be really fun! Join the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center for “Southeast Asia Got Something to Say” on May 19 at 6:30 pm. You’ll hear from celebrity chefs Jet Tila and Christina Hà, and join Genevieve Villamora and Vilailuck "Pepper" Teigen in cooking demonstrations.