DCAEYC Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which commemorates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Originally this celebration was a weeklong event, following the passage of a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978. It expanded to a month-long event in 1992 after an official designation of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.
Did you know the month of May was chosen to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, during the beginning of the California Gold Rush? It also marks the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.
While DCAEYC encourages all educators to incorporate Asian-Pacific history into their curriculum throughout the entire school year, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a great time to explore the rich history and contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans, as well as analyzing the bias and discrimination faced by them. Ready to start? Check out the resources below.
Suggested Literature for Asian-Pacific Heritage Month:
Shark Lady: The True Story of How Eugenie Clark Became the Ocean’s Most Fearless Scientist by Jess Keating and Marta Alvarez Miguéns - recommended for ages 4-7
A Different Pond by Bao Phi and Thi Bui - recommended ages 4-7
Lailah’s Lunchbox by Reem Faruqi and Lea Lyon - recommended ages 4-10
Cora Cooks Pancit by Dorina K. Lazo Gilmore and Kristi Valiant - recommended ages 5-7
Nadia’s Hands by Karen English and Jonathan Weiner - recommended ages 5-9
Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines by Jeanne Walker Harvey and Dow Phumiruk - recommended for ages 5-9
Chef Roy Choi and the Street Food Remix by Jacquline Briggs Martin, June Jo Lee, and Man one - recommended for ages 5-10
Sky High: The True Story of Maggie Gee by Marissa Moss and Carl Angel - recommended for ages 6-10
Baseball Saved Us by Ken Mochizuki and Dom Lee - recommended ages 6-12
Surfer of the Century: The Life of Duke Kahanamoku by Ellie Crowe and Richard Waldrep - recommended for ages 7-12