Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month was signed into law in 1978. Over the years, the recognition of the AAPI community has grown and evolved with over 24 million people in the United States falling under this umbrella.

Celebrating other cultures helps to foster a sense of community, respect, and open-mindedness for other cultures.  When you take part in other people’s heritage celebrations you are able to celebrate differences in a positive way. This also helps to understand other people’s perspectives and educate yourself at the same time.

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Below are 5 ways you can celebrate AAPI Heritage Month.

Support AAPI Groups on Social Media
Show your support on social media by liking, sharing, donating, and following accounts that support AAPI efforts. Below are a just a few accounts to follow:

Watch an AAPI-Focused Documentary
If you love watching documentaries, then why not add a few documentaries created by AAPI filmmakers? Here is a list!

Listen to a Podcast
Podcasts are such an amazing way to educate yourself on all matters including AAPI heritage month. Try giving a few of the suggested podcasts a listen:

Crack open an AAPI-Authored Book
The following books recount very personal stories that are experienced, in some way or another, by every Asian American. 

Visit an AAPI Museum
Check out the following museums – the second one is even a “digital” museum if you’re not located near any physical institutions!

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA)
No, it’s not the Museum of Contemporary Art, but this MOCA, located in New York, engages audiences in a consistent dialogue where people of all backgrounds are able to see American history from a critical perspective and make meaningful connections.

Asian Pacific American Center
Using the tagline “A museum without walls,” the Asian Pacific American Center, established in 1997, is not a traditional museum with a public building, The Smithsonian APA is a migratory museum that brings history, art and culture to the public through innovative community-focused experiences.

 Now is a great time to use this time and beyond to learn about other cultures outside of your own.