National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month recognizes and celebrates the culture, contributions, and heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans. May was chosen for this celebration to pay tribute to the first Japanese immigrants, who came to the United States in May 1843.
I’ve compiled a list of resources and links for you to use anytime during the month of May.
https://www.cta.org/awareness-events/aapi-heritage-month - includes lesson plans, audio, and history
https://youtu.be/hz0pD--8UM0 - 4 book suggestions to help students celebrate and learn more about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!
https://www.readingrockets.org/booklists/celebrating-asian-pacific-american-heritage - book ideas to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage
https://apaheritage.org/ - online Celebration Guide with a list of events taking place in May. There is a wide range of activities and programs to celebrate APA Heritage Month. Please explore and enjoy!
https://www.peardeck.com/pear-deck-blog/2021/3/18/stop-asian-hate-resources-and-our-commitment-to-anti-racism - Teaching Resources & Pear Deck’s Commitment to Anti-Racism
https://nearpod.com/t/asian-american-and-pacific-islander-heritage-month-F147637 - Teaching resources for Asian American Heritage Month
https://www.pbs.org/weta/asian-americans/ - PBS series about Asian American History
https://lacountylibrary.org/asian-pacific-american-heritage-month/ - resources and programs to help individuals cultivate and enhance skills and broaden their understanding of other cultures and social issues.
https://www.californiamuseum.org/apahm - celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) with free virtual programs highlighting the history and contributions of Asian Americans in California.
https://guides.loc.gov/asian-collections/introduction - With over 2.8 million books, it is one of the most comprehensive collections of Asian language materials outside of Asia
https://guides.loc.gov/asian-american-pacific-islander - special collections containing photographs, diary entries, and recorded interviews to monographs, reference works
https://asianpacificheritage.gov/for-teachers/ - Ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids.
https://asiasociety.org/texas/asian-pacific-american-heritage-month-2021 - 31 ways to celebrate the vibrant and diverse traditions and contributions of Asians and Asian Americans. Highlighting live programs — virtual and in-person alike — our calendar also features a curated selection of on-demand family activities, art breaks, staff recommendations, and more.