May is Asian American Pacific Islander month, or AAPI for short, a time to celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States and their contributions to the history of this country. By recognizing the culture, history, and achievements of Asian American and Pacific Islanders, we can broaden the understanding of their countries and cultures, as well as enhance the appreciation for all that they have given to make this country great.
As is the case with many commemorative months, AAPI originated with Congress. In 1978, Congress passed, and President Jimmy Carter signed into law, a joint resolution declaring a week in May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” This was later expanded to a month, and in 1992, May was designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.
At VITALIA Active Adult Community® – Rockside Seven Hills, OH, we will be celebrating by honoring the countries of Philippines, Samoa, and India and the territory of Guam.
The dishes I am making are adobo chicken from the Philippines, chicken and pineapple stir fry from Samoa, Korean BBQ, and buttered chicken with Indian rice and lentils. I chose these dishes because the flavors of all the dishes look and taste amazing.
As a culinary director, I feel we should celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It is an important part of the great American melting pot that makes this country so great.
We are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate these countries, their contributions, and their foods this month! And we would be even more honored if you would join us. Give us a call to learn more about how you can get a seat at the table this month!