May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage - AAIP Month

Celebrate and Learn about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage with Your Family

By Cookie Suarez, Buckhead-Midtown-Brookhaven, Ga. and Brenna Gutell, Conejo Valley - Malibu April 30, 2023

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander "AAPI" Heritage Month, a time to celebrate Asians and Pacific Islanders in Conejo Valley, Malibu, Calabasas, nearby and across the United States.

Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures are so rich in culture and diversity because they are represented in more than 30 countries — including the entire Asian continent and the Pacific Islands — and encompass more than 100 different languages. 

The month of May was chosen as AAPI Heritage Month in the United States to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The transcontinental railroad was largely built by Chinese immigrants. Congress officially designated May as Asian / Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992. Read more about Jeanie Jew, a former Capitol Hill staffer; How One Woman's Story Led to the Creation of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

This month-long celebration typically featured the diverse contributions and historical achievements of the AAPI community to the United States and in Conejo Valley, Malibu, Calabasas and nearby through festive celebrations with traditional performances, food, and art.

Your family can learn about, support and celebrate this amazing group of Americans, positive representation and uplifting the voices of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders matter in Conejo Valley, Malibu, Calabasas, nearby and beyond.

Here are ways you can support and learn about the AAPI community in Conejo Valley, Malibu, Calabasas, nearby and beyond, while also celebrating their culture and traditions: 


Books We Love: Children and Young Adult Books by AAPI Authors

Diversifying your home library is a wonderful way to start conversations with your children about different cultures.

Virtual Storytime

Local Places to learn more about AAPI

Support  Local restaurants and businesses owned by AAPI

Learn and Visit - Local Museums

Immerse yourself in local Asian Culture

Shopping and Dining Areas not to far from Conejo Valley - Malibu - Calabasas


Introduce your kids to Origami - the Japanese art of paper folding:

 When I was little my Dad worked in Downtown Los Angeles and sometimes would visit Chinatown or Little Tokyo, one of the thing he would pick up for me was origami paper and books. I loved origami paperfolding and your kids will love it too. I found a few site I think you will enjoy sharing with your kids, of course there is always YouTube, you can find videos to teach you as well. 

More Resources to Learn more about AAPI history

Learn more about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Museums you can visit on vacation or explore virtual options

Northern California Museums:

Seattle, Washington Museums:

Hawaii Museums:

Dallas Museums:

Washington D.C. Museums:

New York Museums:

Here are a four great videos featuring AAPI history

Movies and shows for kids featuring AAPI characters or culture

Many of these movies and shows can be found on demand or popular streaming networks.

Movies and shows for younger kids:

Movies for older kids and adults:

Updated April 29, 2023