According to the US Census Bureau, Asians and Pacific Islanders make up the fastest growing racial group in the United States, numbering more than 10 million people, or nearly 4 percent of the total population!
The diverse Asian American and Pacific Islander American population includes members of more than 30 ethnic groups who speak more than 300 languages and dialects.
The theme of this year’s Heritage Month is Unite Our Mission by Engaging Each Other. This year’s theme is a continuation of the “Unite” series and focuses on leadership and engagement to advance the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community. One of the reasons May was chosen for this celebration was to pay tribute to the first Japanese immigrants, who came to the United States in May 1843.
Cultural Heritage and Diversity
Reader’s Theater: Presenting Asian Folktales (Grades 2-12)
Act It Out: Dramatizing Stories from Asian American Cultures (Grades K-12)
Creating Biographies of Prominent Asian Americans (Grades K-12)
Fun With Origami (Grades 3-12)
Asian American Time Lines (Grades 3-5, 6-8, 9-12)
Lesson plans from the Smithsonian
Lesson plans from the Library of Congress
Asian Americans Who Have Made a Difference
Angel Island (detailed information about the immigration station off the coast of California that processed thousands of Asians who came to the United States in the early 1900s)