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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
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To bring awareness and celebrate the fastest growing group in the US, here are some quick points of information.
The AAPI community includes a number of origin groups with ancestries hailing from places like China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Samoa, Cambodia, Fiji, India, Taiwan, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Guam, Mongolia, Sri Lanka, and many more. Asian Americans currently make up ~7% of the population and are estimated to be the largest immigrant group in the US by 2060.
Hate incidents against the Asian community have surged 169% since the beginning of the pandemic - 68% of the victims have been women. This movement was accelerated by the Atlanta shootings on March 16, 2021. On April 22, 2021, the Senate passed a bill to target anti-Asian hate crimes.
Educate & Support
- Learn more about the AAPI community with these interesting reads - The Making of Asian America: A History and The Myth of the Model Minority.
- Get educated on the history of racism against Asian Americans.
- Consider donating to organizations such as Asian Americans Advancing Justice and StopAAPIHate
- Support local Asian-owned restaurants
During a time when anti-Asian hate crimes continue to rise across the country, there’s no better time to celebrate AAPI Heritage - not only this month but all year round.