Volume 31



AACC celebrates AANHPI Heritage Month

Asian American Culture Club organizes events to commemorate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The Asian American Culture Club promotes Asian culture and spreads awareness about issues affecting the Asian American community. For Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, AACC is coordinating a visit to the Japanese American National Museum in Little Tokyo to tour the temporary exhibit “Don’t Fence Me In” featuring the experiences of Japanese Americans held in internment camps during World War II. This visit is to enlighten people about the history of Asian Americans and show the resilience and community they formed during their time in the camps.
The multicultural fair is also occurring in May, hosted by HW, to share and feature all the affinity groups on the middle school campus. Here, there is going to be a celebration of food, music, and culture shared with those who attend.

“When you learn something from people, or from a culture, you accept it as a gift, and it is your lifelong commitment to preserve it and build on it,” said Yo-Yo Ma, a renowned Asian American cellist.

AANHPI Heritage Month promotes the celebration of Asian culture throughout the United States. The annual commemoration, occurring in the month of May, is a time to honor culture and share it with others across the nation. As of 2020, there are over 18 million Asian Americans who live in the United States and the opportunities to celebrate and introduce culture to diverse communities are increasing.
The month of May officially became AANHPI heritage month in America in 1992 by George H.W. Bush. This was established in May to commemorate the first Japanese who came to the United States in 1843, as well as the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869, done with labor from many Chinese immigrants. The goal of this month is to honor and preserve Asian cultures and share people’s heritage with different communities in many forms of art, language, tradition, and festivities.
In recent years in the United States, there is an increasing amount of opportunities to immerse yourself in traditional Asian culture, as it is becoming more and more popular among Americans. During AANHPI month, you can watch movies or TV shows that star an Asian cast such as Golden Globe nominated “Crazy Rich Asians” or six-time Emmy winning television show that swept the globe,”Squid Game”. You can also explore Asian cuisines across the city of Los Angeles. Some popular foods to try are ramen, dim sum, Korean barbeque, pho, boba, and so much more. If you are interested in celebrating and experiencing Asian culture, there are various events you can attend in person and online. The details and dates of these can be accessed through the Asian Pacific Heritage website.

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