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 The Township Senior Living Battlefield, MO, we will be celebrating by honoring the state of Hawaii and the countries of Thailand, Philippines, and Japan.
The dishes I am making are lomi lomi from Hawaii, pad representing Thailand, Maja Blanca from the Philippines, and Japanese cheesecake. I chose these dishes because each one sounds fun and will require patience to execute correctly.
As a culinary director, I believe we should celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. One of our residents talked to me about being in Asia during World War II. He was surprisingly excited to try some of the food we are preparing. That gave me encouragement to make it the best I can.
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!