Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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May is Asian-American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) month! This annual celebration started nationwide in 1978, for 10 days, and was later expanded to the entire month of May in 1990.

Why the month of May? Historically, the transcontinental railroad was completed in May of 1869. The extensive labor of laying the train tracks was completed primarily by Chinese American immigrants. As such, May is a month to acknowledge and recognize this history.

Every year, the month of May gives us the opportunity to focus on the history, achievements, challenges, resilience and leadership of Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders and Native Hawaiians. Whether people came to the United States for opportunity, safety, or any number of other reasons, we celebrate and recognize the experiences of the AAPI community through national, state, and local events.

The timing of this year's AAPI month is especially important given how challenging and tumultuous the lived experiences of AAPI members have been in our nation. The rise of anti-AAPI hatred and violence, coinciding with a number of tumultuous political, economic, and cultural events, has increased not just in the U.S. but also abroad.

So what can you do, either as a member of the AAPI community or an ally, to celebrate and support the AAPI community?

First, we can all work toward having conversations about issues facing the AAPI community, including the aforementioned increase in hatred and violence, in the spirit of creating a community of support. To this end, the Wellness Team put out a list of resources for families, students and staff, to help our community further navigate difficult and important conversations.

Second, we can find the time and space to celebrate AAPI history and the successes of this community. For more information and resources about AAPI Heritage Month, explore the following multimedia and resources below.

Information for Parents


Resources

16 Asian American Heroes Our Kids Need to Know About

People of Asian descent have been important contributors to the American story since the founding of the United States. Learn about some noteworthy historical figures and activists of Asian descent.

20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good

A book list to help engage the broad range of emotions and needs of diverse children in our multiracial society

12 Ways to Enrich Kids' Appreciation of Asian-Pacific American Culture

Resources from the US Department of Education

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Resources from Santa Clara County Library District

Anti-racism resources to support Asian American, Pacific Islander community

In the aftermath of the recent increase in hate crimes and bias incidents against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, many communities are showing their support in various ways, from social media activism to mutual aid efforts. Experts share further resources below on how to be anti-racist and support the Asian American and Pacific Islander, or AAPI, community.

Anti-Asian Violence Resources

Resources to help individuals educate others, take action, donate, and more


Resources for Teachers


Curriculum Ideas


Teaching Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

In honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, join LFJ Professional Development Trainer Sarah-SoonLing Blackburn and Teaching and Learning Specialist Jon Tobin in unpacking the origins, meaning and contemporary impact of the term "Asian American Pacific Islander." We will also break down the model minority myth and provide educators with resources to effectively teach AAPI history.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides and research aids from the Smithsonian Institute.

Asian Americans in the People's History of the United States

Brief profiles of people and events from Asian American and Pacific Islander people's history.

Honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Identities

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated during May, offering a timely reminder of why and how educators should be honoring AAPI history and identity all year long. These resources debunk the model minority myth, explain the Hawaiian concept of aloha, challenge the erasure of Sikh Americans and more.

Toolkit for "I Am Asian American"

Provides professional-development resources to help teachers reflect on their own assumptions and knowledge gaps about Asian Americans and to include a variety of Asian-American voices in their curricula.


Anti-Racist Classrooms


Classroom Resources and Tips To Address Anti-Asian Discrimination

As teachers, we have a responsibility to specifically address anti-AAPI racism with our students as part of our overall anti-bias work. To help you navigate these challenging conversations, we've put together a list of tips and resources for addressing anti-Asian discrimination.

Center for Racial Justice in Education

Offers training and resources so educators can dismantle patterns of racism and injustice in schools and communities.

Speak up at School

A printable pocket guide for educators who want to develop the skills to speak up themselves and who want to help their students find the courage to speak up too.


Elementary School


Min Jee's Lunch

When a classmate says Min Jee's Korean lunch is "how everyone got sick," will her friends speak up?

20 Picture Books for 2020: Readings to Embrace Race, Provide Solace & Do Good

A book list to help engage the broad range of emotions and needs of diverse children in our multiracial society


Updates and Support Resources from your

Evergreen Wellness Team


Visit the Evergreen Wellness website for mental health and self care resources for students, parents, and teachers.




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