Create Rich Content to Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

May 12, 2023

Did you know that May was selected as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month because two significant anniversaries fall within these four weeks? The first Japanese people immigrating to the United States arrived on May 7, 1843, and May 10, 1869, known as “Golden Spike Day,” marked the completion of the transcontinental railroad, which would not have existed without the labor of Chinese workers.

This month is an opportunity for all members of the legal community to educate themselves about the histories and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders representing many cultures, languages and traditions. What should you post about?

You might focus on the legal industry and share this interview from the Public Interest Law Initiative with three individuals who have made an impact in their communities and on the legal profession.

You might share a resource on a particular chapter in history, such as Ansel Adams’s photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar, available online through the Library of Congress, or the refugee crisis prompted by the end of the Vietnam War.

You might highlight opportunities to view and learn about works by Asian American and Pacific Islander artists, such as collections housed at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Whatever you choose to highlight in this and other moments of cultural recognition, ensure that your communications are authentic, well-sourced and aligned with your firm’s values. Here’s how.