Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in 2021

By: Corinne Lumens Posted: 05/03/2021

Check out our list for ideas about where to shop, what to read, organizations to support, and more

Every May, we celebrate the rich history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) with Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In and around Seattle, and online, there are many ways you can celebrate. Here are some suggestions:

Support AAPI-owned businesses

• Support local AAPI-owned businesses by using directories like Intentionalist.

• Support small businesses in Seattle's Chinatown-International District by shopping a unique selection of retail, arts, gifts cards and more through the C-ID online marketplace.

"Visit" Exhibits and Collections Online

• See fascinating exhibits and collections from the National Archives, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Library of Congress, and more.

Support AAPI-owned media in our region

• Northwest Asian Weekly

• International Examiner

Learn about AAPI history in our region

• Visit Chamber member Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

• Learn about Asian American heritage in Washington

Support our AAPI reciprocal partners and other nonprofits

Chinatown-International District BIA
Japanese American Chamber of Commerce
Korean American Chamber of Commerce WA State
Ethnic Chamber of Commerce
Filipino Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest
Taiwanese Chamber of Commerce
Washington Vietnamese American Chamber of Commerce

• Other organizations include:
Asian Pacific Islander Community Leadership Foundation
Pacific Asian Empowerment Program
Find a variety of resources on the Asian Pacific American Directory

• National organizations include:
Ascend
Asian American Advertising Federation
The Asian American Architects and Engineers Association
Asian American Business Development Center
Asian American Government Executives Network (AAGEN)
Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA)
Asian American Legal Defense & Education Fund (AALDEF)
Asian Women in Business
Asian Pacific American Chamber of Commerce (APACC)
Asian Pacific American Medical Students Association
The Center for Asian Pacific American Women
Filipino American National Historical Society
Japanese American Citizens League (JACL)
Korean American Coalition (KAC)
National Association of Asian American Professionals
U.S. Pan Asian American Chamber of Commerce

Celebrate AAPI literature and media

12 must-read books for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Bay Area Asian American authors share books that inspired them

5 great books for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Must-read books for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

20 books for young readers to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and year-round

Children's books for Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

Watch a PBS collection of stories that explores the history, traditions, and culture of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month with KEXP. They will be spotlighting AAPI artists who charted new territory and artists who are breaking the mold today, through songs, stories, interviews, performances, and more.