Honoring Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in Seattle

By: Corinne Lumens Posted: 05/15/2020

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.

"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.

Get to know local AAPI leaders on our podcast, Under Construction

• Mari Horita: “Sports, like arts, are an opportunity to bring people together”

• Former Governor Gary Locke: “It starts with an appreciation for the role that businesses play”

• Sam Cho: “The Port should work for the people”

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

• Books for adults:

12 must-read books fro 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

• Books for kids:

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

Children's books for Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

• Movies:

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