2021 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Resources

2021 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Resources

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island). 

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. Read more about AAPIHM here - https://asianpacificheritage.gov/

The Asian Chamber of Commerce Houston has put together a list of useful resources related to AAPIHM, where you can access information, data, statistics and register for AAPIHM-related events.

Useful Resources

Upcoming Events related to Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 1
Celebrate and Stop the Hate! At Social Beer Garden HTX - May 1st - https://www.facebook.com/events/800412610584550 (CANCELLED)

May 3 
National ACE and OCA Chicago  - Food Reimagined: Driving Innovation in the Restaurant Industry — National ACE

May 4 
#AAPISTRONG Heritage Month Business Summit - #AAPISTRONG Heritage Month Business Summit — Small Business Recovery Resource Center (acesmallbusiness.org)
Asian Americans/Pacific Islanders in Philanthropy (AAPIP) - https://aapip.org/events  
Far East Deep South Screening on PBS (TV Ch 8) at 7pm CT. 

May 6              
Diversity Best Practices AAPIHM Special Webinar - https://www.diversitybestpractices.com/asian-pacific-american-heritage-month-2021 
Asia Society Texas Standing Against Racism in the Time of COVID: A Conversation on Activism | Asia Society

May 10 
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Legislative Leadership Summit - Legislative Leadership Summit | APAICS
Houston Public Media - Houston Public Media Celebrates Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month – Houston Public Media

May 22
AAPI Amplified 
Fashion, Market, Food 
Saturday, May 22, 5 – 8:30 pm 
Fashion Show at 7:00 PM
  • Join us on the Avenida in celebrating and supporting Houston's vibrant Asian American and Pacific Islander communities during an evening of performances along with a fashion show and outdoor market. Houston-based designers Poshak Fashion & Style,  Danny Nguyen Couture, Kimono Zulu - Vintage Kimonos Reimagined and Mysterious by NPN showcase fashions inspired by centuries of Asian design on The Wharf runway.  
  • Throughout the show traditional and contemporary dance and music immerse visitors in the sights and sounds from cultures across Asia.  
  • A market featuring Houston AAPI-owned business, artisans and chefs will welcome visitors in celebrating our shared communities.
  • Website: AAPI Amplified | Festivals Events in Houston , TX 77010 (visithoustontexas.com)
OCA - Events List — OCA National
The Library of Congress - https://www.loc.gov/events