Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Resources

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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 K-12 curriculum and other resources to bring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month to your classrooms.


 

Lesson Plans

Children's Books

Amina’s Voice

While Amina, a Pakistani-American middle school student, grapples with questions of friendship and identity, she is devastated when her local mosque is vandalized. This book highlights the many ways in which one girl’s voice can help bring a diverse community together.

Juna's Jar

Determined to find her friend Hector who unexpectedly moved away, Juna turns to her special kimchi jar for help each night, plunging into the depths of the ocean, swinging on vines through the jungle and flying through the night sky in search of her friend.

The Year of the Rat

The Year of the Rat brings many changes for Pacy: her best friend moving away, dealing with the prejudice directed toward a new student from China and learning to face some of her own flaws.

Education Resources