Posted on May 7, 2021
Categories: Equity Coalition


In keeping with our commitment to becoming an antiracist organization, we recognize and celebrate the contributions of our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) family throughout the AAPI diaspora. Established by U.S. Congress in 1992, the celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, initially slated for one week, expanded to a full month. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the first major wave of Asian immigration into the U.S. as well as the completion of the transcontinental railroad.

This year, for the first time in the history of the School District of Philadelphia, we celebrated Lunar New Year as an official day of recognition on our district academic calendar. This month, and throughout the year, we will continue to bring awareness to the heritage, culture, and contributions of our Asian American and Pacific Islander brothers and sisters through a series of virtual community conversations featuring Asian voices from across the district and Philadelphia community. The details of the community conversations are as follows:

Thursday, May 20 – 3:30-4:45pm

Session 1 – The Asian American Diaspora

Join our panelists as they discuss the many cultures that make up the Asian American Diaspora through sharing personal experiences, family migration stories, and dispelling stereotypes.

Thursday, May 27th – 3:30-4:45pm

Session 2 – Asian Food and Cooking Demonstration

Join our panelists as they discuss the importance of food to the Asian culture, sharing the many health benefits and addressing myths about different Asian foods all while watching a live cooking demonstration.

Learn more about the history and heritage of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community using tools and resources developed by the Office of Curriculum and Instruction.