Why We Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
“Why We Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)”
— A Photo Journal by: Kevin Raquidan
“What does it mean to be Asian? What does it mean to be an Asian-American? Where do I stand between Asian and American?”
These days, many Asian-Americans find themselves asking these questions, especially when so many of them are fourth and fifth-generation Asian-Americans; 53 percent say they aren’t typical Americans, and only 39 percent do, according to the Pew Research Center. But we are still linked to our cultures, customs and traditions – it’s a part of who we are.
Whether it’s putting on kimonos, dancing Tinikling, or even honing one’s skills in Wushu, more and more Asian-Americans today are celebrating and embracing who they are and where they come from. As Asian-Americans, we’re more than willing to share our cultures and identities – not just with other Asian-Americans, but with those outside our communities, too.
And our growing presence in the community and media allows us to do just that. Events like the Asian Cultural Festival in May give us the chance to share our cultures and identities with a broader audience, especially one as diverse as San Diego’s population; they will be able to learn and experience firsthand what it means to be Asian-American. May is the celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – the biggest opportunity for us to celebrate our identities and share with others. Together, we can educate, empower, and understand one another!
Written by Kevin Raquidan