Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This designation was made in 1990 (it was just APA Week from 1979 until 1990) to recognize and celebrate the contributions made by people of Asian and Pacific Island heritage to the United States.

I already felt like this monthly observance didn't get as much press as some other observances/causes (e.g. I had to look it up; people I've mentioned it to were surprised), and with the recent shenanigans going on in Arizona, I felt more motivated to do my little feature on APA Heritage Month.

In climates like these, it is so very important to recognize the experiences and impact of the many different people and groups who helped make America the place it is and who will continue to influence her future.

So throughout the month, I will be posting about all manner of things related to the APA experience. Though, of course, it will be by no means comprehensive since I will be blogging about things from my perspective - topics that interest me, personal experiences, books I've read. If you are interested at all in APA topics, I encourage you to indulge your curiosity this month. Definitely check to see if there are any APA Month events going on in your area. I know my county library system has APA events and their hosting libraries listed on the county website.

Please join me this May in celebrating Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States. For more info, check out the government's APA Heritage page!

P.S. And to spread some more love: yesterday, Elana Johnson put together a celebration of books over the blogosphere called Spreading the Awesome where authors and bloggers recommend books they adore. See the list of recommendations.


Elana Johnson said...

Thanks for the linkage.

And I look forward to your posts this month. :)

XiXi said...

Can't wait to see what you have to say. :) I usually don't do much to celebrate the month, but maybe I should.