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Asian American and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month - MUSE Virtual School

Saturday, May 1st, marked the beginning of Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which we will be referring to as Asian American and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It is important to remember that this month celebrates distinct communities and so, in recognition that no group is a monolith, we would like to celebrate them as such.

As The White House mentions in their proclamation declaring this month Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month, “there is no single story of the AANHPI experience, but rather a diversity of contributions that enrich America’s culture and society…”, and we’d like to invite you all to make sure your celebrations around AANHPI Heritage Month are as diverse as the communities you’re celebrating.

We would also like highlight the spike in anti-Asian discrimination and hate crimes over the course of the past year. This is a crucial moment to recognize the specific harm being done to the Asian American community, stand in solidarity with them, and actively stand against racism and xenophobia. While we may like to think that these attacks are happening elsewhere, hate crimes against Asian Americans are up 115% in LA County.

We here at MUSE Virtual proudly join in the call to Stop Asian Hate.

As you celebrate this month just remember that speaking honestly about the discrimination and violence faced by one community does not take away or lessen the discirmination faced by another, but instead works towards making equity and justice for all a reality. As Fannie Lou Hamer said “Nobody’s free until everybody’s free.”
Happy Asian American and Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

In solidarity,
Admin & the D.E.I. Committee

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