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Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In May we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Explore and celebrate diverse cultural expressions through food!

Asian Noodle (Bún Riêu) Vietnam
Photographer: Trung Bui | Source: Unsplash

You already know that at College Chefs, we love food. But, what we love more than food, is the power it has to bring people together. Whether you’re bonding with your siblings over tacos, catching up with friends at your favorite ramen spot or spending time with your loved ones and a big plate of spaghetti, there’s a common thread. Food has the power to ignite conversation and gives us a reason to gather.

This month is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. In 1979 President Jimmy Carter signed a presidential proclamation for Asian/ Pacific Heritage Week. This was expanded in 1992 when Congress passed an amendment to observe Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. A period for recognizing and celebrating the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history and culture of the United States.

Korean Food Bibimbap with Kimchi
Photographer: Jakub Kapusnak | Source: Unsplash

This is a time, not just for those in the AAPI community, but a celebration for every American to partake in! Over the years AAPI individuals have been taught or forced to assimilate. Now is a time to uplift AAPI stories and celebrate the uniqueness and differences in all people.

The term “Asian Food” is as broad as it is rich and diverse. This endless category of cuisine is full of adventure in flavor, history and storytelling. Now may not be the best time to pack a bag and explore the world. But, we encourage you to dive into the unique nuances of culture as expressed through food.

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