DealDash Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Happy Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! This is the perfect time to celebrate this wonderfully diverse group of people.

May marks a special celebration in the United States—Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This month is dedicated to recognizing the achievements, contributions, and cultural traditions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). It’s a wonderful time to explore the rich tapestry of cultures that make up this diverse community. Let’s embrace vibrant cultural traditions and learn how we can actively support AAPI voices and businesses. Keep reading for some interesting information from DealDash.

Celebrating Cultural Traditions

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is the perfect opportunity to explore and participate in the cultural traditions of the AAPI community. Whether it’s attending a traditional dance performance, trying your hand at crafting origami, or participating in a local lantern festival, there’s a wealth of cultural experiences to be enjoyed. Cooking classes, for example, can be a wonderful way to engage with the cuisine. Learning culinary techniques from various Asian cultures can enrich your understanding and appreciation of their heritage. Additionally, you will be able to find some new favorite recipes to share with your family that they will love.

Important Moments in Asian Pacific American History

Reflecting on key historical moments is essential to understanding the journey of Asian Pacific Americans. Celebrating positive and uplifting moments in Asian Pacific American history is a wonderful way to honor the community’s contributions and achievements. Here are a few key moments that reflect joy and progress:

  • The Establishment of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month – In 1992, the U.S. Congress permanently designated May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, a significant recognition of the contributions Asians and Pacific Islanders have made to American history, society, and culture.
  • Norman Mineta’s Cabinet Appointment – Norman Mineta became the first Asian American appointed to a presidential cabinet when he served as Secretary of Commerce in 2000 under President Bill Clinton and later as Secretary of Transportation under President George W. Bush.
  • Patsy Mink’s Legislative Achievements – Patsy Takemoto Mink, the first woman of color and the first Asian American woman elected to Congress, co-authored the Title IX Amendment of the Higher Education Act in 1972, which prohibits gender discrimination in federally funded education programs.
  • Kristi Yamaguchi’s Olympic Gold Medal – In 1992, Kristi Yamaguchi won the gold medal in figure skating at the Winter Olympics in Albertville, France. Her victory was celebrated as a significant moment for her career and Asian American athletes in the international sports arena.

These moments (and many others!) are critical to learning about the Asian Pacific American community’s history. If you would like to learn more about Asian Pacific Islander history, culture, and triumphs, there are many places to get more information. Begin with the official Asian Pacific Heritage site to learn about history. Then, check out the Smithsonian’s site for even more information.

Supporting Asian and Pacific Islander Businesses

One of the most direct ways to celebrate and support the AAPI community is by supporting their businesses. From restaurants and bookstores to tech startups and fashion boutiques, Asian and Pacific Islander Americans contribute vibrantly to the business landscape. Make a conscious effort to shop at these establishments, promote their services on social media, and recommend them to friends and family. Many sites such as Yelp and Etsy offer search filters to make finding AAPI businesses easier.

DealDash Offers Products from Asian Artisans

Finding products made by AAPI artisans is important to celebrate and learn about their culture. DealDash recognizes this and offers items that have AAPI origins. Along with beautiful art pieces, you will also find useful items as well. For example, you will find many different types of Japanese knives on DealDash. You will be able to win (or BIN) singular or sets of high-quality, beautiful Japanese knives.

Thanks for Reading

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is more than a celebration. It’s a meaningful engagement with the past, present, and future contributions of the AAPI community. Participating in cultural traditions and reflecting on important historical moments can contribute to a richer, more inclusive society. Additionally, supporting AAPI businesses and products is an important part of being an AAPI ally. Let’s take May to celebrate and amplify the voices and stories of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our community and beyond! Thanks so much for reading, and happy bidding everyone.

This sponsored DealDash blog article was written by Dawn E, a mother of 3 who loves DealDash. Dawn was compensated for writing this article. Check out Dawn and her cats on Instagram! This blog is written by real DealDash customers. The opinions and advice shared here represent our customers’ views and not those of the company.