How we’re celebrating Asian Heritage Month
May is Asian Heritage Month, a great time to honor the rich history of Asian-Pacific communities.
What does Asian-Pacific refer to?
All of the Asian continent: This includes about 50 countries – from China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, and the Philippines. As well as, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Bhutan in Southeast Asia.
Melanesia includes 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
Polynesia, New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island.
With Anti-Asian hate crimes increasing over the last year, learn age-appropriate ways to talk to your children about discrimination and by-stander intervention.
Why is this important?
Regardless of your identity, parents are using this time to address anti-asian hate, discrimination and intolerance. Studies report 1 in 4 asian children have reported bullying since the pandemic began.
Ways to Celebrate
Watch some of these popular shows originating from Asia on KTV
Pororo (South Korea)
Pucca (South Korea)
CricketPang (South Korea)
Lily Hevesh (Asian American)
Tee Hee Holi (India)
Molang (South Korea)
Read through historical archives
Discover history through primary digital sources. Imagine you and your kids are embarking on a historical adventure, looking through an archival database to understand the stories of generations before you. Understand the journeys of immigrants traveling across the world.
Access to historical documents are available on Archives.Gov for the United States and The Asian Canadian Living Archives for Canada.
Read About Different Cultures
No two stories are alike, read through different narratives from various Asian Pacific perspectives this month. There are loads of options for different children’s age groups from picture books, short stories, biographies and novels from Asian Pacific communities around the world. Check out some of these options below and more!
Cook an asian-inspired meal or order from an Asian-owned restaurant
From sushi to stir-fry, curry to roti, Phở, congee, kimchi, momo, and so much more, kids can have a great time traveling the continent of Asia through taste. Take a crack at cooking some delicious recipes at home or opt for take-out or delivery from your favorite Asian-owned eatery to support local business. Challenge your kids to see if they can master eating a dish with just chopsticks.
Travel the Globe (From Home)
Break out your globe, or map or if you can’t find either, use Google Maps to test your kids on their knowledge of Asian Pacific geography. Go for a (virtual) tour of a major city or visit a historical landmark with Google Earth.
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