AAPI Month Recently Ended, Let’s Talk
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed during the month of May. We pay tribute to the contributions and influence of AAPI to American history, culture, and achievements. May was chosen to remember the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the United States and the achievement of the transcontinental railroad accomplished primarily by Chinese laborers.
Throughout history, the condemnation of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans were largely ignored or seen as harmless ignorance. The blatant violence and racism that COVID-19 brought about to the AAPI community sparked a long-needed conversation to pay attention to racism against AAPI. Although AAPI month has existed for much longer, it wasn’t until recently did it really begin to matter to people. Even today, AAPI still fights to be seen in the West and to beat the model minority stereotypes.
Although AAPI month has ended, take the time to educate yourselves about AAPI racism and realize that ignorance is not innocence. In today’s world, we all deserve an equal platform to voice our concerns, listen to your fellow AAPI.
Asian Pacific American Heritage. (2023). Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.