AANHPI Heritage Month

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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a time to celebrate and honor the diverse cultures, histories, and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans. Let’s take this opportunity to recognize the rich tapestry of cultures within our community and appreciate the invaluable impact that Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have had on our society.

Asian American is defined by the Office of Management and Budget as “a person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent.” The six largest sub-groups of Asian Americans are from China, the Philippines, India, Korea, Vietnam, and Japan.

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander is defined as “a person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.”

The AA and NHPI population consist of over 50 distinct ethnicities in the U.S. There are over 20 million people here who identify as Asian/Pacific Islander (6.1% of the overall population). Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders are the fastest-growing racial groups in the country. More data can be found here: www.aapiunited.com, and youth equity information here: https://access-equity-belonging.extension.org/about/racialand-ethnic-youth/asian-pacific-islander-youth/