It’s been a crazy, rich year for Asians in North America. While the first film to feature a majority Asian and Asian American cast in a quarter of a century stole the show with its record-breaking performance at the box office, this past year saw AAPI achievement extend far beyond the silver screen: Priyanka Chopra became the first Indian woman to grace the cover of U.S. Vogue magazine; Chloe Kim became the youngest woman to take home an Olympic snowboarding medal claiming the gold in PyeongChang; and for the second time in a row, Americans elected a record number of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to Congress.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, and the National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) and its chapters across the country are taking time to celebrate and reflect. What began as a seven-day period of observance designated by Congress in 1979 has evolved into a full-month celebration of pride and remembrance for the Asian and Pacific American community.

In honor of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NAAAP chapters around the country are hosting special events and activities throughout May. NAAAP 2019 APAHM Chapter Events


Join the conversation at #APAHM19 on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.


Additional resources for APA Heritage Month

Speaker Nancy Pelosi APAHM proclamation

Great Big Stories (video stories about APA trailblazers and trends curated for APAHM)

Untold America (video stories about underrepresented, forgotten, and misunderstood communities in America. (NAAAP’s 5 year old magazine about Asian American and Asian Canadian success and excellence)

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) (schedule of local showings of films about current and historical APA issues)

Smithsonian Institute Teaching Resources (lesson plans for all ages)

White House Proclamation of May 2018 as APAHM






































































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Chapter Programs for APAHM 2018


Membership Drive & Watch Party

May 16th

NAAAP Atlanta will host its monthly N3 networking event with sponsor Cox Communications.


The chapter also will convene its Dragon Boat Team members to kick off the competition season on or near Memorial Day.



Sharing our Stories

May 1st – 31st


NAAAP Boston will celebrate Asian American friendships started at NAAAP and sharing these stories on social media.  Follow Boston at

View full event details on the NAAAP Boston website.

May 12th

NAAAP Boston is running the ATASK 5K in support of our annual Future Leader Scholarship awards for college-bound high schoolers in Massachusetts who demonstrate leadership ability, community involvement, and financial need. Donations for scholarship funds sought.

May 20th

NAAAP Boston will host a Successful Parents in NAAAP (SPIN) program “Cultural Identities Lost in Translation? Raising Bicultural Children”



 AAGL APA Heritage Month celebration


May 10th

The Chicago chapter will host more than 200 members of its Asian American Group Leaders for an Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration at Blue Cross Blue Shield.

View full event details on the NAAAP Chicago website or Facebook event.



Volunteering at the Asian Food Fest

May 2017 listing


NAAAP Cincinnati will be volunteering at the annual Asian Food Fest, a festival which showcases some of the region’s best Asian restaurants and chefs, while fostering connections between community members and local Asian American organizations and businesses.



Ignite Your Leadership

May 19th

NAAAP Colorado chapter joins TIAA at the Hallett Academy and the Park Hill Community for the Fourth Annual Kite Festival on May 19.  The chapter and local partners also hold a Community Networking Mixer later in the month.

View full event details on the NAAAP Colorado website



Various APAHM Collaboration Events and Activities

May 10th

NAAAP DC hosts its second in a three-part workshop series in collaboration with One Real Estate on “Making Your Home and Money in the DC Real Estate Market.”  The topic this month is “Hacks and Tactics for a Hot Real Estate Market”  with information on emerging sub-markets, price and appreciation trends, offer and financing tips.

May 16th

NAAAP  DC leaders will celebrate APA Heritage Month at the U.S. Department of Transportation with Secretary of Transportation Elaine L. Chao and Small Business Administration Administrator Linda McMahon.



Various civic engagement and chapter leadership meetings

May 2nd

NAAAP-Detroit is partnering with the Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission and APIAVote-MI in celebrating APA Day at the State Capitol.  Leaders, volunteers, and chapter members will be attending.

May 10th

The Detroit chapter is also hosting its first Member Mixer.

View full event details on the NAAAP Detroit website


Greater Kansas City

APA Heritage Month programs to highlight the visibility of Asiann Americans in the local community.

May 11th

The Greater Kansas City chapter and AARCH (Asian American Resource Community at Hallmark) attend “Vietgone,” a play with an all Asian-American cast at The Unicorn Theater.

May 12th

NAAAP-GKC will have a booth at the full day 2018 Mid-America Asian Cultural Festival at the Overland Park Convention Center.

May 19th

NAAAP-GKC will enjoy a command performance by comedian Tony Vinh sharing his new album “A Country of Legends and Liars” at The Rino.  Tony added a second performance especially for NAAAP fans.


Los Angeles + Orange County + San Diego = SoCal

Tenth Anniversary Celebration Gala

May 12th

The Year of the Dog has been unleashed. For Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, NAAAP SoCal will bring the pack (LA, Orange County, and San Diego chapters) together by celebrating all the great achievements of the Asian-American community with awards, honors, and great food and drink at the Westin Bonaventure Hotel in the heart of downtown Los Angeles.


Various Miami Chapter Events 

May 3rd

It’s AAA Time:  Ask An Asian, part of #10DaysofConnection.

May 5th

It’s CCC Time – Connecting Cultures through Cuisine part of #10DaysofConnection

May 6th

#SoFloDargons Dragon Boat practice at the Miami Yacht Club (ticketed practice)

May 12th

Tax Cuts & Job Act – An Asian American Financial Experience Seminar by Prudential Adivisors.

See event listings at



Various Milwaukee Community Events 

Career Day at Hmong American Peace Academy

ManpowerGroup World Culture Day (WCD)

Northwestern Mutual Asian Heritage Month

Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Happy Hour



Various Programs throughout the Month

May 9th

“Chinese Exclusion Act” documentary and panel discussion, with various community partners

May 10th

“Leading with your API voice” in partnership with US Bank Asian Heritage BRG (link)

May 29-Jun 1

Supporting Cargill’s Asian BRG and CAAL MinnieAsianStories project (Cargill, NAAAP Minnesota sponsor, to host traveling art display as it rotates to other locations in the Twin Cities, Cargill being the sole corporate sponsor)



New York

APA Heritage Month at the Museum of Chinese Americans (MOCA)

May 16th

NAAAP New York and community partners, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Cooper & Cooper, and AXA, will celebrate Asian Heritage Month at the Museum of Chinese Americans (MOCA). See what it was like to immigrate through Ellis Island by sitting in the notorious interrogation chair, flip through Yellow Peril propaganda, and discover the new Spring exhibit on Chinese Medicine in America.


Oklahoma City

Asian Society of Oklahoma Annual Asian Festival

2017 Listing

Oklahoma City
Come join us as we unite our community through cultural events and competitions May 13th for the 31st Annual Asian Festival.

Events & Activities include:
– Miss Asia Oklahoma, Junior Miss Asia Oklahoma, and Little Miss Asia Oklahoma Pageants
– Entertainment

– Arts & Crafts



Intersectionality Day

Throughout the month, the Philadelphia chapter will be running a social media campaign to recognize current or previous Asian Leaders and their stories.

May 17th 

NAAAP Philly is hosting a Networking Reception with other Asian non-profit groups within Philadelphia called Intersections to celebrate the diversity among Asians and the businesses and communities we thrive in.




Reconnecting the Asian Professional

May 22nd


NAAAP-RTP teams up with the new North Carolina Asian Americans Together and the UNCTV Public TV station to provide a free film screening of “Chinese Exclusion Act” (the 38-minute version) as a preview to the full length documentary airing on PBS stations nationwide on May 29.  The film will be followed by a facilitated discussion on “What does this little known 1882 law have to do with American identity, democracy, and civil rights today?”


San Francisco

2017 listing 

The Bay Area’s Asian professional leaders and organizations are hosting on May 17, 2017 a joint networking mixer in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Participating organizations include Asian American Bar Association, Asian Business League, Corporate Asian American Employee Network, Chinese Real Estate Association, Filipino Bar Association, NAAAP SF Bay Area, Nakayoshi, SF Chamber of Commerce, Taiwanese American Professionals, South Asian Bar Association, and Your Filipino Professionals Association.


San Jose

“Aviatrix” Movie Screening: The Katherine Sui Fun Cheung Story

2017 Listing


San Jose

NAAAP San Jose will be presenting a film screening on May 22nd  of the documentary about pioneering Asian Aviatrix Katherine Sui Fun Cheung, a Chinese immigrant who defied racial and gender bias to become a daredevil stunt pilot during the Golden Age of Aviation in the 1930s. Our special guest will be Director Ed Moy who will be skyping from a Film Festival to tell us more about the movie. This event is co-hosted by the Friends of the Northside Branch Library in Santa Clara, CA.

View full event details on Facebook.



Documentary Viewing, Mariners Heritage Night and Museum Exhibition

May 20th

NAAAP Seattle is co-hosting a film screening of Abacus at the Wing Luke Museum with the Chinese American Citizen Alliance Lodge, OCA, and the Seattle Asian American Film Festival. This documentary tells the incredible saga of the Chinese immigrant Sung family, owners of Abacus Federal Savings of Chinatown, New York. Accused of mortgage fraud, the indictment and trial forces the Sung family to defend themselves and their bank’s legacy in the Chinatown community over the course of a five year legal battle.
Free admission.

View full event details on the NAAAP Seattle website.



Taste of Empire

May 4th


NAAAP Toronto will host a Community Night Out and live evening performance “A Taste of Empire,” a wacky and fun theatre and culinary exploration of global food domination and the conquest for our appetites.