All The Countries Included in Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is AAPIHM! And there are so many amazing heritages to celebrate.
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May 4, 2020
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Cherie is an online community of beauty lovers sharing their stories; whether that's their favorite products, makeup tutorials, or skincare routines. Download the app today to be a part of #BeautyWithoutBarriers and show the world what beauty means to you! Happy Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month! As a Filipino-American, I love this month. It's a time when many under-represented heritages get a chance to share their culture. And let me tell you, there's a lot of heritage to celebrate in this month! To kick off, I wanted to share a few lesser-known facts about AAPIHM.Which countries' heritages are included in AAPIHM?Asian American and Pacific Islander's cover a vast amount of countries and cultures. Here's who's included in this month's celebration: - The Pacific Islands of New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, Solomon Islands, Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, Micronesia, New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotyma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Islands. - Far East Asia including China, Hong Kong, Macau, Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Mongolia, Siberia, and Taiwan. - Southeast Asia including Brunei, Cambodia, East Timor, Malaysia, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. - South Asia including Afghanistan, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bhutan, and Maldives. What an incredible and diverse list! If you know anyone who is from this list, celebrate them this month (and every month!) Why is May AAPIHM? On May 7, 1843, the first Japanese people immigrated to the United States. On May 10, 1869, the transcontinental railroad was completed, with the majority of the workers who laid the tracks being Chinese immigrants. Since then, the month of May was chosen to commemorate the anniversary of both historical events. How can I celebrate these diverse cultures today?When it comes to celebrating any culture or heritage, the most important thing to do is to educate yourself. Learn about a culture's history, traditions, food, and other practices. Month's like these are important because we have a chance to learn so much more about different cultures outside of the mainstream and stereotypes. I also highly encourage anyone who originates from one of the countries being celebrated this month to delve into your ethnicities history, especially pre-colonization for South & Southeast Asia and the Pacific Islands. There's so much rich history and power in your roots! I for one learned that the Philippines and many of the Pacific Islands descended from Austronesians, bounded today by many similar words. It's also incredibly interesting to see what parts of my culture have changed due to colonization, and how my heritage can empower me today as a Filipino American and second gen immigrant. For those who aren't from a country celebrating this month, celebrate the people around you that are! It's a time to uplift the underrepresented.
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