May is Asian American Pacific Islander month, or AAPI for short, a time to celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States and their contributions to the history of this country. By recognizing the culture, history, and achievements of Asian American and Pacific Islanders, we can broaden the understanding of their countries and cultures, as well as enhance the appreciation for all that they have given to make this country great.
As is the case with many commemorative months, AAPI originated with Congress. In 1978, Congress passed, and President Jimmy Carter signed into law, a joint resolution declaring a week in May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” This was later expanded to a month, and in 1992, May was designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.
At VITALIA Senior Residences® at Westlake Westlake, OH, we will be celebrating by honoring the counties of Korea, India, Japan, and Thailand.
I chose to make these dishes that each represent their country. Beef bulgogi is a staple in Korean cuisine. Miso soup represents Japan, in my opinion, well because miso is so specific. Chicken tikka masala is one of India’s most widely consumed dishes, especially outside the country. Pad Thai is one of the most interesting and approachable dishes in the Thai repertoire.
As a culinary director, I feel we should celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I think we should celebrate all ethnicities, beliefs, religions, and cultures.
We are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate these countries, their contributions, and their foods this month! And we would be even more honored if you would join us. Give us a call to learn more about how you can get a seat at the table this month!