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Celebrate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage this May

Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Throughout our annual calendar, plenty of months have been set aside to honor the contributions of a specific group in our country. In May, we commemorate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We’ve got plenty to celebrate and many ways to do so. Here are a few.

If you feel like traveling you should consider going to a festival. Dayton currently doesn’t have any festivals planned. Cincinnati and Columbus currently have scheduled festivals over the next few weekends. These festivals include tasting tour food trucks, Japanese drums, and traditional dances.

Locally you could visit the Dayton Art Institute. They are having an event at the end of the month to do a close out celebration with musical artists and performers, taking place Thursday, May 26, 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the museum’s Shaw Gothic Cloister. The entrance after 5pm is free for everyone. 

If you want to celebrate from the comfort of your home, there’s plenty to watch and read. Books such as “They Called Us Enemy” by George Takei, “Yellowface” by RF Kuang, and “Crying in H-Mart” by Michelle Zauner are just some of the classics begging to be checked out. Want something for the big screen? We’re spoilt for choice with movies like “Minari” and “Everything, Everywhere, All At Once” as well as high quality dramas such as “Shogun” and “The Sympathizer.”  

Go to your library to see what events are being hosted. The Dayton Metro Library often holds many events celebrating and recognizing people and culture. Take time to go to this open resource to find a way to celebrate. 

Other things you could do is trying new recipes, or going to new restaurants. You can also partake in tea ceremonies, or crafting. If you are a reader look for sections for AAPI authors at your local bookstores, library, and available ebooks.

Have fun recognizing and celebrating different peoples’ heritage however you want. Or by going through and joining local events, larger festivals, or doing something at home and with friends.   

(Featured image from Canva)

Written by Faith Harrell, Reporter