May is Asian American, Native Hawai’ian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month




Chinatown, NYC

Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month is observed annually in May to celebrate the contributions that generations of AAPIs have made to American history, society, and culture. Here are a few ways to celebrate the month.

Artist Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya in front of her new mural, Raise Your Voice, at the Museum of the City of New York

Let’s celebrate by visiting museums showcasing AAPI Art and History (Asia Society, China Institute, Chinatown Historic District, Japan Society, Museum of Chinese in America, Tibetan Museum on Staten Island), and The New York Public Library and  New York City Parks with special programming. Visit the Kimlau War Memorial, now a NYC Landmark.

As part of NYCxDesign, Carfting Selfhood, Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

As part of the 2024 NYCxDesign Festival, a celebration of AAPI Heritage Month will take place in the exhibition ‘Crafting Selfhood’ at Philip Lim, 48 Great Jones Street from May 1-23.


Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA), Catching Silhouettes: An Oral History Street Performance Project ~ May 2 ~ May 18

Catching Silhouettes, An Oral History Street Performance Project at MOCA

In celebration of AAPI Heritage Month, Museum of Chinese in America is proud to present a new iteration of the oral history street performance project, after last year’s well-received Passage: A Walk of Chinatown Stories. This project invites audience members to have a walk through Chinatown and experience stories that have helped shape Chinatown’s landscape and identity.

Join us for a captivating stroll through Chinatown with Catching Silhouettes where you’ll be transported through time and space by the tales of immigrants who have shaped this vibrant neighborhood.

Museum of Chinese in America (MOCA) is located at 215 Centre Street, NYC.


NYC Parks Department Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

NYC Parks Department celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with tours of Cherry Blossom trees, Nature Calligraphy, exploring historic Flushing, a Ginkgo Tree celebration, tour historic Chinatown Parks & Monuments and Evergreen Cemetery – with dates throughout the month.


Think!Chinatown Collections + Firehouse, Storytelling Festival May 5-7

DCTV Collections. Photo credit: Think!Chinatown

For the first time ever, Think!Chinatown is proud to present… Chinatown Storytelling Festival! Created as a space to highlight and celebrate stories from within the Chinatown community, the Festival hopes to inspire the production of storytelling projects centering self-representation. This APAHM, we spotlight the complex stories of immigration journeys,  the birth of the Asian American movement, and the everyday lives of Chinatown community members. We honor these under-told stories that are important all year round.

Hosted at DCTV’s Firehouse Cinema from May 5-7, 2024, Chinatown Storytelling Festival presents an exciting selection of short films from Think!Chinatown’s storytelling archives, as well as the archives of DCTV and Third World Newsreel. Led by festival curators Yin Kong, Rochelle Hoi-Yu Kwan, and Hai-Li Kong, the three-day festival will also feature the premiere of two new Think!Chinatown storytelling projects. For our first Chinatown Storytelling Festival, we have two specially curated programs: “Songs for Chinatown” and “Once Upon A Time in Chinatown. “

Tickets for Think!Chinatown Storytelling Fest Here

Asia Society New York, Coal + Ice on view through August, 2024

Image: COAL + ICE installation view of David Breashears’s Mount Everest, Main Rongbuk Glacier, Tibet, China, 2007. Photograph by Leah Thompson

Asia Society is proud to present COAL + ICE, an immersive photography and video exhibition accompanied by a series of related programs. COAL + ICE visualizes the causes and consequences of the climate crisis and foregrounds creative solutions.

COAL + ICE is co-curated by Magnum photographer Susan Meiselas and international exhibition designer Jeroen de Vries, and led by Orville Schell, Asia Society Vice President and Arthur Ross Director of the Center on U.S.-China Relations.

The Asia Society is located at 725 Park Avenue at 70th Street, NYC.


China Institute, Shan Shui Reboot: Re-envisioning Landscape for a Changing World on view through July 7, 2024

Peng Wei (b. 1974). Migrations of Memory, 2017-21. Installation: ink and color on flax paper.

China Institute Gallery will present a special spring exhibition, Shan Shui Reboot: Re-Envisioning Landscape for a Changing World, on view from March 7 through July 7, 2024. The exhibition highlights a new generation of artists who are reinterpreting traditional Chinese landscape painting in the context of today’s global social issues and climate crisis. Shan shui refers to the time-honored painting of natural landscapes with brush and ink focused on an awareness of inner spiritual philosophy. The exhibition features the recent work of seven established and emerging artists including Lam Tung Pang, Yi Xin Tong, Kelly Wang, Peng Wei, Fu Xiaotong, Yang Yongliang, and Ni Youyu. More than 40 works – including paintings, photographs, installation, and video – will be exhibited, and many are being shown in New York for the first time.

China Institute Gallery is located at 40 Rector Street, NYC.


Japan Society, None Whatsoever: Zen Paintings from the Gitter-Yelen Collection on view through June 16, 2024

Image courtesy Japan Society

The exhibition advances Japan Society Gallery’s history of presenting important Buddhist artworks and concepts, including from the 2007 exhibition, Awakenings: Zen Figure Painting in Medieval Japan, and the 2010 exhibition, The Sound of One Hand: Paintings and Calligraphy by Zen Master Hakuin. Visitors will also be invited to engage with Zen Buddhist practices through wide-ranging public programming, from in-gallery meditation sessions to calligraphy workshops and tea ceremony demonstrations.

Japan Society is located at 333 East 47th Street, NYC.


Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art on Staten Island, JMMTA: A Sanctuary in the City

Image courtesy Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art

Situated on a hilltop with commanding views of the Raritan Bay, The Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is an uncommon find in the tri-state area. The buildings were designed by the founder to replicate Tibetan Buddhist mountain monasteries, in particular, the Potala at Lhasa – the historic seat of the Dalai Lamas.

Jacques Marchais Museum of Tibetan Art is located at 338 Lighthouse Avenue, Staten Island, NY.


Visit the Kimlau War Memorial, now a New York City Landmark

Kimlau War Memorial at Kimlau Square in Chinatown. Image via NYC Landmarks Preservation Commission

Designed by architect Poy G. Lee and dedicated in 1962, the Kimlau War Memorial is a granite ceremonial gateway located in Kimlau Square Park at the intersection of Chatham Square, Oliver Street, and East Broadway in Manhattan. The arch, sponsored by the Lieutenant B.R. Kimlau Chinese Memorial Post 1291 of the American Legion, honors Chinese American soldiers who died while serving in the United States military. The arch and its pair of benches consist of a unique blend of traditional Chinese architectural forms with a streamlined mid-century modern aesthetic and has stood as a community monument for nearly 60 years.



The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), the premier organization representing Asian American, Native Hawai’ian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) employees in the Federal and District of Columbia governments, is proud to announce the 2024 National AANHPI Heritage Month Theme: “Advancing Leaders Through Innovation”. This year’s theme is a continuation of the “Advancing Leaders” series that began in 2021.

“Advancing Leaders Through Innovation,” pays homage to the visionaries and trailblazers who have shaped AAHPI history and continue to influence a collective future. Innovation, resilience, and a pioneering spirit are cornerstones of American leadership. AANHPI leaders have made lasting contributions to our Nation’s economic prosperity, technological advancements, and social/political change through their ingenuity and creativity while navigating significant cultural and systemic barriers.

Amanda Phingbodhipakkiya on the cover of Time Magazine, March, 2021.

In celebration of the 2024 theme, FAPAC invites all employees of the Federal and DC governments, as well as veterans, to the 39th National Leadership Training Program (NLTP) on May 6-9, 2024, at the National Conference Center in Leesburg, VA. The FAPAC NLTP is a reputable training program for current and aspiring public servants that delivers high-quality workshops,, networking, and mentorship opportunities, and practical strategies for personal and professional development as it relates to the 2024 theme. During this week-long training, FAPAC will present the Civilian Awards, Uniformed Services Awards, and a $5,000 Distinguished Public Service Scholarship. Current students, recent graduates, and Veterans are also invited to participate in the free career fair and development program and network with attendees at the NLTP.

Did you know that Chinatown, NYC is the recipient of 11 transformational projects as part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative?



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