May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time to celebrate and recognize the contributions and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
This month-long observance was established in 1992 to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States in May 1843, and to honor the generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have enriched the nation’s history and culture.
Despite their significant contributions to American society, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have faced discrimination and marginalization throughout history. From the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to the recent rise in anti-Asian hate crimes, this community has been subjected to prejudice and racism.
As we celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, it’s important to not only acknowledge the achievements and contributions of this community, but also to confront the injustices and inequalities that they have faced. Through education, advocacy, and celebration, we can work towards a more equitable and inclusive workplace for all.
Here are a few resources to help you get started when it comes to observing AAPI Heritage Month in your own workplace:
In this resource, the American Bar Association provides history lessons, racial equity challenges, and even a free webinar series.
PBS offers a full list of documentaries and programs that celebrate Asian American, Pacific Islander, and Native Hawaiian heritage.
In this piece, McKinsey unveils the invisible challenges Asian Americans often face at work, while explaining what organizations can do to maximize more of this group’s potential by acknowledging its diversity.
On their page dedicated solely to AAPI heritage, The Smithsonian presents innovative, community-centered experiences like music compilations, inspiring essays, and educational video series.