4 Ways Your College Store Can Celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in the U.S. which is an excellent opportunity to celebrate the rich history, heritage, and contributions Asian Pacific American communities have brought to the U.S. Asian-Americans and Pacific Islander Americans (AAPI) have been foundational part of the history of the U.S., with artwork, infrastructure, politics, and more.

Don’t miss this opportunity to show the AAPI students at your school that they are seen and appreciated by celebrating AAPI Month in your college store! Here are 4 ideas of how you can celebrate:

1 – Highlight Books and Movies with AAPI Connections

A great way to celebrate AAPI Month is to feature books and movies with AAPI connections for students to check out. PBS has a documentary series on AAPI history, and if you want to feature books then the Smithsonian has a list of suggestions.

For students more interested in cinema, consider featuring “Nomadland,” directed by Chloe Zhao, the first Asian woman to win the top directing prize. Or, from Korean filmmaker Bong Joon-ho there is the Academy Award-winning movie “Parasite.” Other Hollywood films directed by Asian filmmakers include “Crazy Rich Asians,” “The Farewell,” and “Searching”.

2 – Raise Support for Asian/Pacific Communities

The COVID-19 Pandemic saw a rise of hate against Asian American and Pacific Islander communities. During AAPI month, your store can help raise awareness and point students towards resources such as Stop AAPI Hate, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Red Canary Song, AAPI Women Led, and more.

3 – Encourage Interest in AAPI Art

For students who love art, May is a great opportunity to explore AAPI art. Students can check out the Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art online or Origami.me to learn about Japanese paper folding.

4 – Encourage Interest in AAPI Food

Support local Asian and Pacific Islander restaurants and create a list of places students can order takeout from this month! You can also connect with AAPI students who attend the school to share recipes or favorite meals and highlight them in your store.

How is your store celebrating AAPI Heritage Month? Let us know in the comments!

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