5 Ways to Celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage
This May, Deed is recognizing Asian Pacific Islander (API) Heritage Month as our ‘Cause of the Month’!
The goal of Deed’s ‘Cause of the Month’ initiative is to highlight varying perspectives within our cause to acknowledge its intersectionality and diversity. You can read more about our approach on our recent blog post! With this in mind, we know that the first step to strong allyship is cultural competency. Below are our 5 suggestions on how to elevate, support, and learn more about the API community.
1. Donate to our API Heritage Month nonprofit picks
National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum
NAPAWF is focused on building power with AAPI women and girls to influence critical decisions that affect their lives, their families, and their communities.
Asian Americans Advancing Justice
AAJC is a national nonprofit advancing the civil and human rights of Asian Americans and works to build and promote a fair and equitable society for all.
Social and Environmental Entrepreneurs
SEE is a fiscal sponsor of Red Canary Song, a grassroots collective of Asian American and Asian migrant sex workers and allies, supporting the organizing of Chinese massage parlor workers in New York City.
Center for Asian American Media
The Center for Asian American Media is a nonprofit dedicated to presenting stories that convey the richness and diversity of Asian American experiences to the broadest audience possible.
2. Watch a TV show or film featuring an Asian protagonist
We’ve put together a list of our faves!
- To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before
- The Half of It (on Netflix)
- Crazy Rich Asians
- Better Luck Tomorrow
- Never Have I Ever (on Netflix)
- Kim’s Convenience (on Netflix)
- Fresh off the Boat (on Hulu)
- Master of None (on Netflix)
For more recommendations, check out “The 20 best Asian American films of the last 20 years” or “The Greatest TV Shows About Asian Americans.”
3. Take some educational quizzes
Who doesn’t love a good quiz (it’s our personal procrastination method of choice!)? Try these quizzes from Britannica and How Stuff Works as an engaging way to brush up on your history, as well as learn some cool facts. For instance, did you know that gunpowder was invented in medieval China? It was reportedly invented accidentally by alchemists who were trying to create an immortality elixir!
4. Get to know the API community in your hometown
Take some time to learn about the heritage of the API communities in your own backyard, how those communities came to be, and how they’ve evolved over the years. If you do not have a significant API community in your area, we encourage you to research if there may have been one historically, and why it is no longer present. You may be surprised to learn a new history of your city that you didn’t know existed!
5. Check out an art exhibit
Consider the diverse cultures of the API community by attending an Asian art exhibit at your local museum. For a virtual option, you can also browse the Smithsonian’s Museum of Asian Art online.