Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage
Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is observed annually in May to celebrate the contributions that generations of AAPIs have made to American history, society, and culture. The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) has curated information to educate the public about AAPIs and celebrate AAPI Heritage Month. The theme for the observance of Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May 2021 is Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service.
In honor of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.
The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s Learning Together page launched in 2019 to connect the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center’s programs, curatorial expertise, and community anniversaries with K12 educators across the country. Visit for an online venue of educational content featuring interviews with Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community members, links to community-created educational resources, book recommendations, discussion ideas, and more.
Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) role models have shattered barriers, transformed our cultural landscape, and paved the way for our community of creatives and executives.
In 2014, the Coalition of Asian Pacifics in Entertainment (CAPE) launched the #IAM Campaign to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM) and to share these inspiring stories. The #IAM Campaign includes powerful stories of some of your favorite AAPI role models, including Sandra Oh, Constance Wu, George Takei, Daniel Dae Kim, Ki Hong Lee, Cassey Ho, Danny Pudi, Kelly Hu, D-trix, Wong Fu Productions, Michelle Phan, Lisa Ling, Ming-Na Wen, and many more!
Diversify your reading routine to learn a little more about – and introduce your kids to – the AAPI (Asian American Pacific Islanders) mores, traditions and cultures. From biographies to cultural traditions to eliminating stereotypes, Chicago Parent website and magazine lists and describes 30 AAPI books to stock your shelves or check with your local library for these great books for kids of all ages.