Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month


For Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month, the staff at The Fortune Society collaborated to create a community guide for celebrating and honoring Black history. The guide is filled with events, policy actions, resources, book recommendations and aAAPI Month Spotify playlist. 

Recognizing that Asian American and Pacific Islander history is American history—and American history is year-round—we will continuously update this list throughout the year. 

Read the Presidential Proclamation on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 

Asian American and Pacific Islander Month Spotify Playlist 

Listen to The Fortune Society’s AAPI Month Spotify playlist, with songs selected by staff members. Artists include Mitski, Hayley Kiyoko, Jhene Aiko, Eric Nam and BTS.  

Book Recommendations 

Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu 

Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng 

The Incendiaries by R. O. Kwon 

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami 

Long Live the Tribe of Fatherless Girls by T Kira Madden 

The Girl in the Moon Circle by Sia Figiel  

Norwegian Wood by Haruki Murakami 

My Year Abroad by Chang-Rae Lee 

Know My Name by Chanel Miller 

Days of Distraction by Alexandra Chang 

Burning by Megha Majumdar 

The Night Tiger by Yangsze Choo 

Obasan by Joy Kogawa 

If You See Me, Don’t Say Hi by Neel Patel 

The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen 

Cerues Blooms at Night by Shani Mootoo 

Do Not Say We Have Nothing by Madeleine Thien 

Black Ice Matter by Gina Cole 

Jasmine by Bharati Mukherjee 

Mad Honey Symposium by Sally Wen Mao 

Translating Mo’um by Cathy Park Hong 

Floating Brilliant Gone by Franny Choi 

The Same Different by Hannah Sanghee Park 

When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka 

All You Need Is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka 



The Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival 

The 2021 Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival is a unique event that is held every year in New York City. The communities of Asian and Pacific Islanders celebrate a colorful festival that expresses the tradition and culture of each of the immigrant communities. The event that is hosted by the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans in New York City takes place in open air. It is known as the largest outdoors celebrations of its kind in US. 

National Leadership Training 

The Federal Asiand Pacific American Council (FAPAC) is proud to present its 36th National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) virtually. The NLTP is a premier training destination for Federal employees, including DC government, and military. The NLTP is designed to provide training in leadership, diversity, inclusion, career advancement, and management. 

Read about the history of tension between Black and Asian communities 

Against the backdrop of anti-racism protests last summer, racist violence was surging in Chinatowns and Asian American communities across the country. Read more on Vox’s website. 

The Future of Asian Food in America 

What makes Southeast Asian cooking and eating truly unique goes beyond the pungent flavors, colorful ingredients, and history of immigration often associated with the businesses built on these lesser-known culinary treasures. How will these cultural hubs keep their doors open during a global pandemic against doubly stacked odds, with anti-Asian racism at an all-time high? Register to attend on May 19th 

Film and TV Recommendations 

Shoplifters directed by Hirokazu Kore-eda 

The Farewell directed by Lulu Wang  

Minari directed by Lee Isaac Chung 

The Half of It directed by Alice Wu 

Parasite directed by Bong Joon Ho 

My Neighbor Totoro directed by Hayao Miyazaki 

Kim’s Convenience written by Ins Choi 

Train to Busan directed by Yeon Sang-ho 

Burning directed by Lee Chang-dong 

Hard Knock Wife performed by Ali Wong 

Crazy Rich Asians directed by John M. Chu 

Always Be My Maybe directed by Nahnatchka Khan 

Fresh off the Boat created by Nahnatchka Khan 

Never Have I Ever created by Mindy Kaling 

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