May is Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, an opportunity to recognize the varied contributions and diverse experiences of those who identify as Asian and Pacific Islander American and/or whose heritage derives from the Asian continent and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. A joint congressional resolution established a week of recognition in 1978 and was later expanded to a month-long celebration.
As we celebrate historical and contemporary contributions of AAPI people we also recognize and stand against the discrimination and violence against this community. In March, NMHC President Doug Bibby made a statement condemning anti-Asian violence and all discrimination, and affirmed NMHC’s advocacy for inclusive communities. We encourage NMHC members to learn more about the critical contributions of the AAPI community as well as the injustices faced by that community.
To learn more about Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month, visit https://asianpacificheritage.gov/. To learn more about efforts to address discrimination and violence against the AAPI community, visit www.stopasianhate.org.