Although the month of May has been designated as Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage month for several years, it is undeniable that post-pandemic it is even more important to celebrate and honor Asian Americans. AAPI individuals, families, communities, and businesses have been disproportionately impacted, harmed, and even killed by the cascading crises of the global pandemic and the legacies of entrenched anti-Asian racism and discrimination (Smithsonian). According to FBI statistics, hate crimes against the Asian community rose 73% in 2020 (FBI).
In a post-COVID world where there has been an increase in fear and violence towards AAPI communities, it is more important than ever to celebrate, commemorate, and reflect on Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Here are some resources campus stores can share with teachers, students, and faculty for AAPI Heritage Month:
We Are American and We Stand Together: Asian American Resilience & Belonging
This digital program brings the stories and insights of the nation’s pre-eminent scholars and activists together with treasures from the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History to engage a broad audience in a deeper exploration of the past, present, and future of Asians in America.
Music for the Moment – an Asian American Offering
This special one-hour program features Asian American women musicians and performers who draw on different deep cultural heritages and contemporary genres–from performance art and ritual, to hip-hop, rock, and singer-songwriter pop.
Put the power of primary sources to work in the classroom. Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids from asianpacificheritage.gov.