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Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month..

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Hello Friends and Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I know, it’s a mouthful and I am not quite sure what this entails.  I have spent a whole month trying to figure it out.

My first issue is that the term “Asian and the Pacific Islanders” covers a lot of us and the each culture is distinct. According to the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month website, yes there is a website, the term Asian-Pacific includes the following:

  1. All of the Asian continent (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Hong Kong, Japan, Macau, Mongolia, North Korea, China, Taiwan, South Korea, Russia, Brunei, Burma, Cambodia, East Timor, Indonesia, Loas, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Inida, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Amenia, Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Cyprus, Georgia, Iraq, Iran, Isreal, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Palestinian Territories, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen)
  2. The Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands)
  3. Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia)
  4. Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Now that is a long list!!!!

My second issue is what are we supposed to do? Do we celebrate through food, which would make sense because the food culture is very important to us. Do we celebrate through attire, which may or may not be difficult because some outfits just don’t translate well to modern living. Do we do it through dance, drinking, music, poems, stories, film, cherry blossoms what? I guess the answer, as all my Asian Festival attendances has taught me, is that we do it through all of that. Each group ends up celebrating their own culture, and there are parades, festivals, expos and the like.

So I thought to myself how to pay tribute to all those countries and their respective cultures. I still haven’t come up with a good idea. But if I wait any longer it will be June.

So I thought of the stuff that I eat and drink…

Yummy things I've had....



And I thought of my Asian Brothers who are holding it down in Calie…West Coast represent (sorry I know, but I had to say it :P)…



And here’s the Bruno Mars version…just cuz…



I also thought of the K-Pop “invasion” (I was also thinking of the Jdoramas and Kdoramas that can be fun to follow, but that’s another list entirely)…



I thought of one of my favorite anime, Cowboy Bebop…





And of course our Hong Kong brother Bruce Lee martial artist and philosopher…



This has got me thinking about finding more local events. Maybe learn about the mighty mini bonsai and the show at the Los Angeles Arboretum this weekend…now if only I could find some sakura blossoms…

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10 thoughts on “Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month..

  1. You see, we are doing the same thing! Although as this is your culture, you know what you’re doing! Sakura blossom is one of the most beautiful things in the world.

    • We are absolutely doing the same sort of exploration. It’s not completely new territory, but as an ABC (American Born Chinese) I am not that familiar with a lot of my heritage. So I am learning a lot, I also want to learn about the cultures of the other countries. I think there is so much for me to see and do, I had better get on it.

  2. Many happy returns 🙂

    • Vix, I had to look up what many happy returns meant. You see I had heard of it, but wasn’t sure what it really meant. So I now that I know, thanks for the well wishes. Next week is the Dragon Boat Festival, I am beginning to think that we Asians love festivals, so that will be fun.

  3. Happy Happy Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Hope it brings you happiness and joy.

    • That’s a sweet thing to say my friend. Big squishy hug for you 😀

      It’s the year of the rabbit (since February I believe) so it’s supposed to be a gentle but lucky year. It’s been gentle, but not sure about lucky, not yet at least.

  4. WooHoo! I looooove the Far East Movement!

  5. This is a happy post! I say definitely celebrate through food! You know being Chinese and all 😉

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