Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Resources
May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month – sometimes Asian Pacific Islander American (APIA) Month, sometimes Asian Pacific Islander (API) Month – and recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
Here are articles, podcasts, videos, books, recipes, and more to enrich your Shabbat table this month and all year round.
[Resources updated 4/29/21]
LUNAR: The Jewish-Asian Film Project
A project supported by Be’chol Lashon, LUNAR aims to highlight the racial and cultural diversity of the Jewish community by celebrating and making visible the experiences of young adults (18-30) who exist at the intersection of Jewish and Asian American in a short-form video series.
"Asian Jews Deserve Better"
by Gen Xia Ye Slosberg for Alma
“When I tell people I’m Asian and Jewish, they usually react with complete shock and surprise. ‘Wow, I’ve never met or heard of an Asian Jew. That’s so interesting!'”
Jewish Asian American Stories
“Explore six thought-provoking reads that depict some of the many facets of the Jewish Asian American experience.”
"Lost and Found in the Fish Sauce: How I Cooked My Way Back Home"
by Sal Tran for Autostraddle
“Through my mother’s recipes, I’m reminded of the resilience that flows in our blood. Instead of disconnecting from my body to survive, I nurtured it. Like me, cooking is hella queer and fluid. Every time I reimagine a dish, it can taste different depending on my mood.”
Poem "The Price I Pay For(ever) My Culture"
by Terisa Siagatonu for Autostraddle
“Being a first-gen, Indigenous, queer, Samoan girl in diaspora almost cost me my Samoan culture. But one day, I’m going to be the queer Samoan elder who looks my grandchildren in their faces, and says: I was afraid the entire time that I was fighting for the world you deserve, but I did it anyway.”
"Central Asian Jews Create 'Queensistan'"
by Sandee Brawarsky for New York Times
“Although strictly speaking Bukhara is a city in Uzbekistan, the term Bukharan refers to all Central Asian Jews, whose history in the region is said to go back 2,500 years, to the period of the Babylonian exile.”
Recipe: A Fourth Generation Bukharian Plov
by Ruti Merom for Jewish Food Society
“The child of immigrants from Uzbekistan, Ruti lived with both of her grandmothers who were passionate cooks, faithfully preparing these dishes from their home country almost three thousand miles away.”
"10 South Asian LGBTQ Books That Changed My Life"
by Priya for Autostraddle
“From fiction to anthologies and histories to graphic novels, the last ten years have shown that telling our own stories is essential to building a community and garnering the strength to live an authentic life.”
"Finding My Footing As An Indian Jew"
by Anna Rajagopal for Alma
“I converted to Judaism around age 11, coming from a multicultural household with both Christian and Hindu influences. Those two religions were always in my peripheral vision, but I had no direct religious affiliation myself.”
"A New Way and Flavor to Friday"
by Monita Sun for OneTable
“When I first started to welcome Shabbat with my then boyfriend (now, husband) in Bangkok, we loved to build on traditional Shabbat food with some of our favorite Asian flavors. So, with the opportunity to host my first OneTable Shabbat, I knew that I had a new way to Friday.”
College students of Asian and Pacific Islander descent may wonder what protections and resources are available to them, whether from their schools or from the community at large. That’s why the editors at College Consensus have put together this guide to resources for AAPI college students.