Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage in Atlanta

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

By Cookie Suarez, Publisher Macaroni Kid Sandy Springs - Dunwoody - Chamblee - Doraville & Buckhead-Midtown-Brookhaven May 13, 2021

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to celebrate Asians and Pacific Islanders in Atlanta, GA and across the United States.

Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures are so rich in culture and diversity because they are represented in more than 30 countries — including the entire Asian continent and the Pacific Islands — and encompass more than 100 different languages. 

The month of May was chosen as AAPI Heritage Month in the United States to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The transcontinental railroad was largely built by Chinese immigrants. Congress officially designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992.

This month-long celebration in previous years has featured the diverse contributions and historical achievements of the AAPI community to the United States and around the nation through festive celebrations with traditional performances, food, and art.

But this year is different. Reports of increased violence against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have been in the news frequently and now is a time more than ever to show compassion and support to this amazing group of Americans. Positive representation and uplifting the voices of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders matter in Atlanta, GA, and beyond.

Here are ways you can support and learn about the AAPI community in Atlanta, and beyond, while also celebrating their culture and traditions.


Virtual AAPI Storytime:

Check your local library for AAPI books for your kids. Here's a reading list available from the Dekalb Public Library. 


Support Atlanta restaurants and businesses owned by AAPI


Even though many of these museums are far from Atlanta, most still offer free virtual opportunities for tours and to learn!

Check out The Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art's virtual picture book exhibition, Asians, Everyday, curated by Grace Lin.

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Plus more! Here are great videos featuring AAPI History:

Movies and shows for kids featuring AAPI characters or culture

Many of these movies and shows can be found on popular streaming networks.

Movies and shows for younger kids:

Movies for older kids and adults:

Resource for Parents 

Local Organizations to Support

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