Asian & Asian American Heritage
Recognizing the contributions and Asian & Asian Americans' influence on our nation's history, culture, and achievements.
May was chosen in recognition of the immigration of the first Japanese person to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the official completion of the transcontinental railroad — constructed in large part by Chinese immigrants — on May 10, 1869. Today, it is a month that recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders to the history, culture, and achievements of this nation. Learn more about our nation's commitment to honoring the innumerable contributions, vibrant cultures, and rich heritage of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders.
Our theme for this month is disaggregating identity and building community brought together by our Asian Pacific Islander Employee Resource Network and allies in collaboration with the Equity and Justice Center of Excellence.
We are honoring Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Heritage in August! The Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities are not a monolith. Each community is a diaspora of rich and diverse cultures, traditions, and beliefs. And in honor of our communities' wishes to recognize their contributions separate from Asian & Asian American heritage celebrations, we will be sharing resources and celebrating in August with our Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander communities.
We're celebrating Asian American Heritage by providing resources, community event information, and more. Join us in the celebration with your family.
Listen to a rich discussion that explores the history of Asian American Pacific Islander label, the Asian American identity crisis, the model minority myth, and the need for disaggregated data for the Asian American Pacific Islander community.
May 6, 11:00 am-5:00 pm
The festival marks the beginning of celebrations in Seattle for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) in May. It features food, music, vendors, performances, and a cultural display of nations.
May brings the opportunity to intentionally dedicate time to celebrate and learn more about our AANHPI neighbors and friends and the rich contributions made by the Asian, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander diaspora to the fabric of our nation.
The Y is a place where people of all backgrounds, faiths and other dimensions of diversity can come together, strengthen community together, and gain a greater appreciation for one another.
Catch up on our series of equity and justice in athletics from non-traditional sports, to the Olympics, to young athlete leaders in our community.
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