What Is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month And How To Celebrate?

May 1 is the beginning of 31 days of celebrating the invaluable contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). AAPI refers to the wonderfully large and diverse groups that descend from Asia and Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

How It Began

After noticing a lack of representation Jeanie Jew, a former Congressional staffer went to New York Congressman Frank Horton, and he later introduced a bill for an AAPI week in 1978. That grew to a month in 1992, when Horton again approached Congress about the designation. May was chosen for AAPI Heritage Month to acknowledge the immigration of the first Japanese people to the U.S. on May 7, 1843.

How To Celebrate

There are many ways to celebrate AAPI citizens and their accomplishments. Celebrating AAPI month isn't just about ordering takeout from your favorite Asian restaurant. It's about checking in on your AAPI friends, supporting them after the rise in hate crimes in the past two years, supporting their businesses, and their creativity.

This month 4 Streams will feature several AAPI artists in entertainment. Check out 4 Streams AAPI Stream.

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