Each May, we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month to celebrate the honor the AAPI community’s diverse cultural contributions, raise awareness about the unique challenges faced, and work together to create a more inclusive society for all. Below is a starting point of four key facts and resources to learn more and get involved!
#1 History of AAPI Heritage Month
The month of May was chosen to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843. May also recognizes Golden Spike Day, May 10, 1869, which marks the completion of the transcontinental railroad built with significant contributions from Chinese workers. (Source)
#2 Diversity of AAPI Communities
The quickly growing AAPI community is made up of over 23 million individuals from incredibly diverse backgrounds. AAPI communities consist of approximately 50 ethnic groups speaking over 100 languages. (Source)
#3 Mental Health Disparities in AAPI Communities
Asian Americans have the lowest rate of seeking mental help. Only 23.3% of AAPI adults with a mental illness receive treatment due to barriers including stigma and a lack of culturally relevant resources. (Source)
#4 General Health Disparities in AAPI Communities
Asian Americans are most at risk for the following health conditions: cancer, heart disease, stroke, unintentional injuries (accidents), and diabetes. Barriers to general health include infrequent medical visits, language and cultural barriers, and lack of health insurance. (Source)
For more AAPI Healthcare Data, visit the AAPI Data Healthcare Policy page.
Last but not least, here are some outstanding organizations committed to advancing the health and wellness needs of AAPI Communities.