May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month! Can you celebrate with your family and friends while learning about another American culture? Keep reading!
There are many ways you can locally celebrate and honor AAPI heritage, an easy way is to dine at one of the wonderful local restaurants specializing in Asian style cuisines. We hope you enjoy exploring this full list of recommendations and educational resources; celebrate with your friends, family, coworkers or by yourself!
How to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month:
- Learn the history of Asian American Pacific Island Heritage Month and Asian culture
- Read a book by an AAPI author. The New York Public Library has great recommendations for all ages and learning levels/needs
- Visit a museum! Now, many museums can be toured virtually from home. Locally, you can visit the North Country Underground Railroad and learn about The Champlain Line and how Chinese immigrants had to use the route after the 1882 Chinese Exclusion Act. You can also take a virtual tour of the Smithsonian to view some of their exhibitions.
- Create a craft or play a traditional game and learn about the significance
- Try new food! Learn how to make an AAPI recipe or support a local restaurant. Here in Plattsburgh, we have China Cafe, Indian Grill, Hong Kong Jade Buffet, No. 1 Chinese, and Sawatdee Thai
- Watch an AAPI show, movie or documentary on your favorite streaming service
- Discover immigration journeys and citizenship stories
- Read about Asian American actors, activists and storytellers
- Learn about Hawaiian Queens from the 1880s
- Discover the science behind Asian cuisine and how they cook with STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics)
- Always support AAPI businesses!