Food, Books, Art, Film and More! How San Francisco is Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Students at Noriega Early Elementary School celebrate Lunar New Year in January, 2020

San Francisco public schools strive to be places where every student can see themselves and be themselves, where the diversity of our students is celebrated each day.

In the United States, the month of May is celebrated as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month to honor and uplift the many important contributions of Asian Pacific Americans, which are essential to San Francisco’s history, present and future. Our communities are made better by embracing and celebrating the differences that define us.

In San Francisco, there are many ways to virtually celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month while we shelter in place:

  • Explore Asian foods and cuisine - Top chefs have shared their favorite Asian food recipes to inspire you to cook at home. Don’t feel like cooking? There are diverse Asian restaurant lists offering food to go, making it easy for you to support Asian small businesses.
  • Find films and performances - The Center for Asian American Media presents innovative, engaging Asian American works on public television through their documentary programs.
  • Visit the Asian Art Museum - Check out list of digital experiences to bring the Asian Art Museum into your home.
  • Read a book - The San Francisco Public Library has put together a list of Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month 2020 resource guide that illuminates Asian American stories.

Check out the full online guide to celebrate APA Heritage Month, created by the APA Heritage Foundation in partnership with the Asian Art Museum, the Center for Asian American Media, and the SF Public Library. Go to to learn more and stay tuned each week for new virtual celebrations! You can also visit the San Francisco Asian American Heritage Month Facebook page to participate in virtual events and more.

The Asian Pacific American Heritage Foundation invites you to participate in the #APAVoices project and post a 30-second video on social media to share stories. Please use #APAHeritageMonth #APAVoices #APAUnite #ymcasf #ymca in your posts and tag Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (San Francisco) on Facebook or @APASF on Instagram.