What is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month? It’s a time to celebrate the contributions of people from these diverse cultures, who have made our country stronger. The month of May was chosen specifically because the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States on May 7, 1843. What’s really awesome is that Asia is a huge continent, so people who hail from amazing nations such as the Philippines, India, China, or any of its 48 countries can all get involved! Whether you yourself have Asian heritage or you are just looking to support the local community, there are plenty of ways you can get involved this year with the help of these fantastic events in Orange County.
May Day Festival for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Fullerton (Sun, May 1, 2022, 10 AM to 4 PM)
What better way to kick off the new event than with this event? Come and enjoy all sorts of popular dishes, not to mention traditional Asian foods from all over the continent. In addition, performers are scheduled to make an appearance. It just can’t get any better than that!
Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Night at Angel Stadium (Tue, May 10th, 2022, 4 PM)
Did you know that some of the best baseball players in the world are Asian? This includes big names such as Ichiro Suzuki from Japan and Chan Ho Park from Korea. If you or somebody you know is of Asian heritage and loves baseball, then this is the event for you! Come on over to Angel Stadium to celebrate the achievements of Asian American athletes in sports.
Chinese American Churches Contemporary Challenges Conference at The Evangelical Free Church (Sat, May 21, 2022, 9 AM – 5 PM)
If you are a Chinese-American who is also a Christian, then you might enjoy attending this conference. Although it is outside of OC, we think it will be worth the trip if you are seeking spiritual enrichment. There will be panels on multiple topics held in both English and Chinese, including relationship challenges, mental health, and opportunities for those who feel they are called into the ministry.
You may also want to consider donating to a good cause, such as:
Consider donating to an Asian American in need or to a memorial fund to remember a person who was loved by those around them.
OCAPICA promotes anti-discrimination rhetoric for Asian Americans residing in Orange County. They provide a variety of programs including housing, youth development, and mental health. You can make the choice to take a stand against unnecessary violence and prejudice. Your donation will help support these programs within your local community.
We hope everyone takes this opportunity as an inspiration for their own heritage pride – because no matter where you’re coming from or what language you speak there will always be someone else worth standing up for! Remember: there is never a wrong time to be a good neighbor, so look forward to these Orange County events!
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