The month of May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Historically, it is an opportunity to honor and celebrate our vibrant Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities. In 2021, this time for celebration falls in the midst of a worsening crisis of racism and violence against this very community. “Stop AAPI Hate: Solidarity, Community, and Celebration” is this year’s theme. Now, we ask you to come together with us as a community against racism and celebrate the richness of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.
for children & teens
It’s never too early to start having open conversations about race (Talk Race with Young Children, 2019).
We suggest starting with the valuable resources shared by Learning for Justice: Addressing Anti-Asian Bias, including articles, stories, and professional development opportunities.
We recommend exploring the following thoughtful and impactful resources to support your inner work, and to better support the children in your life.
Minor Feelings by Cathy Park Hong
The Making of Asian America by Erika Lee
Myth of the Model Minority: Asian Americans Facing Racism, Second Edition by Rosalind Chou and Joe Feagin
Teaching about Asian Pacific Americans: Effective Activities, Strategies, and Assignments for Classroom and Communities by Edith Wen-Chu Chen and Glenn Omatsu
Anusha is a sought-after motivational speaker around the world on the science of mindfulness and meditation. As the daughter of Sri Lankan immigrant parents, Anusha is very passionate about honoring the roots of yoga and educating people on the importance of decolonizing these practices, moving away from harmful spiritual bypassing and cultural appropriation.
Liz Kleinrock is an anti-bias anti-racist educator and consultant based in Washington, DC. A transracial adoptee, Liz was born in South Korea and grew up in DC before attending Washington University in St. Louis, MO.In addition to classroom teaching, Liz also works as an anti-bias anti-racist facilitator for schools, organizations, and companies across the country.
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center is proud to present We are not a stereotype, a video series for educators, by educators. This series explores and challenges the complexity surrounding the term Asian Pacific American, breaking it down into topics that span multiple timelines, geographies, and identities.
From the Zinn Education Project, here are more than 20 Asian Americans and events of note in people’s history for the curriculum and as a starting point to do further research.
If you have the resources to give financially at this time, we encourage you to consider giving to: