Celebrating APA Heritage Month 2021

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 (APA) Heritage Month to honor and uplift the many important contributions of Asian Pacific Americans, who 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 SFUSD, we honor our APA communities each day and have some special things in store for graduating high school seniors as well as students moving on to middle and high school. This year, we are holding our first-ever Virtual Acknowledgement Ceremony for Native Hawaiian Pacific Islander (NHPI) fifth graders, eighth graders, and seniors. There is also a virtual graduation ceremony for our Filipinx students.

Teachers and staff are working on APA-themed lessons to teach to students during this month. Jean Parker Elementary and Garfield Elementary’s teacher librarian Marie Tang and Garfield’s social worker Rene Kamm shared this video to kick off their series of lessons. Our show for K-2 students SF Loves Learning compiled videos and resources for students to learn more about and celebrate APA Heritage Month.

In San Francisco, this year’s celebration theme is Celebrate Resilience, Uplift Voices. As the API community has been experiencing very trying times as a result of both the anti-Asian hate pandemic and the COVID-19 pandemic, this year’s celebration is about showcasing the resilience of the API community in the face of adversities and amplifying the community’s united voice in response to hate attacks and systemic inequities.

There are a variety of ways to celebrate within our community, both virtually and in-person.
  • Champion change: Participate in a March for Our Elders and learn about intersectionality and civil rights.
  • Watch live performances: Experience live music, talent showcases, lion dance performances, and more, throughout San Francisco and virtually.
  • Watch films: From May 13-23, 2021, CAAMFest will bring you the best in Asian and Asian American stories through live virtual film screenings, on-demand screenings, and at San Francisco’s only drive-in theater at Fort Mason FLIX.
  • Visit the Asian Art Museum: The Asian Art Museum is now open to host patrons in limited capacity, but you can also participate in digital experiences from home.
  • Read and learn: Read works from APA authors and about APA heritage, culture, and history. Tune in to author talks and presentations and workshops from APA artists and cooks.
  • Shop small: Support your favorite APA-owned small businesses in San Francisco and hear their stories through virtual Q&As and forums.
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. You can also visit the San Francisco Asian American Heritage Month Facebook page to participate in virtual events and more.