18 Student Activities for AAPI Heritage Month

Since 1990, May has been designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This month was chosen to honor the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the United States on May 7, 1843. The transcontinental railroad, which was largely built by Chinese immigrants, was also completed on May 10, 1869. Given the significance of these anniversaries, May is a perfect time to highlight and celebrate the contributions and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in this country. Of course, it’s also essential that we extend this recognition year-round. To help you get started, here’s a list of AAPI Heritage Month activities to share with students in your classroom.