ASIAN AMERICAN & PACIFIC ISLANDER HERITAGE MONTH
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: