Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a celebration of the culture, traditions and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. In 1978, Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution to commemorate Asian Pacific American Heritage Week during the first week of May and in 1992, the month of May was permanently designated as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. During Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, communities celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans with community festivals, government-sponsored activities and educational activities for students.
In schools and classrooms, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is an excellent time to explore the rich history and culture of Asian and Pacific American people as well as analyzing the bias and discrimination faced by them. As with other similarly themed months, it is important not to isolate exploration of Asian Pacific American history and culture into one month during the year. Asian Pacific American history is American history and should be integrated into the curriculum throughout the school year.
Below is a list of PreK-12 curriculum and other resources to bring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month to your classrooms.
Diverse Books Matter (Grades 2-5)
Identity Based Bullying (Grades 2-5)
Microaggressions in Our Lives (Grades 9-12)
Voices of Japanese-American Internees (Grades 9-12)
What is the Dream Act and Who are the Dreamers? (Grades 9-12)
Amina's Voice (Book of the Month, May 2017)
Juna's Jar (Book of the Month: May 2016)
The Year of the Rat (Book of the Month: January 2015)
Fish for Jimmy (Book of the Month: May 2015)
Books About Race and Racism (Books Matter)