May Heritage Month
Come join us at all of our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month events this year!
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A discussion on how Asian American Identity is expressed through food.
Exploring family dynamics and stress among Asian and Asian American populations.
Come receive free screenings for diabetes, blood pressure, vision, dental, HIV, Hepatitis B & C, medication consultation, and application assistance for low income insurance.
A film screening depicting the experiences of an English language learner.
The evening will feature the Mayor's Community Service Awards and performances by Kollaboration DC.
Also, be sure to visit our Food Blog for AAPI youth recipes and to learn about the history of various foods.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated in May to commemorate the contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. During the month, Asian Americans around the nation celebrate with community festivals, government-sponsored activities, and educational activities.
Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869.
Congress later voted to expand it from a week long to a month long celebration. According to the 2000 Census Bureau, the Asian-American community is the fastest growing group in the DC Metro Area. Over the last decade, the number of Asians who have relocated to the DC area has increased by approximately 30 percent.
Every May the DC Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This year’s theme is Asian American History Revisited through an Exploration of Food. As part of the theme, OAPIA will post food profiles and youth recipes every week on its blog to showcase the diversity of Asian culture and cuisine.
During this month, OAPIA will host one of its largest events, the annual Mayor’s Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Celebration which attracts people across DC and greater DC area. Join Mayor Gray for an evening of performances, the Mayor's Community Service Awards, networking opportunities, and more!