May 2021

Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at Tiedemann

Tiedemann Advisors commemorates Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month which is celebrated in the U.S. throughout the month of May. Perhaps this year more than ever, it is vital to recognize the value, contributions, and continuing struggles of AAPI communities as they experience both significant progress and harmful backsliding in their social well-being. And that which impacts some of us, affects all of us as a community and a nation.

Headlines are filled with news of unprecedented achievements ranging from the leadership of Vice President Kamala Harris, a woman of Black and South Asian descent, to Chloé Zhao winning the Oscar for directing the film, Nomadland, becoming the first woman of color to win that award. Sadly, those same heady news banners are accompanied by reports of surging anti-Asian bias and violence in cities across the nation. Anti-Asian hate crimes increased nearly 150% in 2020. These are complex, turbulent times that call for increased learning and understanding of AAPI communities; as well as greater solidarity among all groups of Americans.

This commemorative letter offers a series of fast-moving videos and thoughtful resources to encourage learning, allyship, and taking action in celebration and support of AAPI communities throughout May and all year round.


Origins & History of AAPI Heritage Month

Check out this video on the 5 Reasons for Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month including why the month of May is so significant in AAPI history. Video length: 1 min/44 sec.

Solidarity is the Flipside of Hate

Yuri Kochiyama (1921-2014) was a Japanese American civil rights activist revered for advancing pan-ethnic social justice. After surviving three years imprisoned in the Japanese Internment camp at Jerome, Arkansas during World War II, Yuri and her family relocated to New York City’s Harlem Neighborhood where she worked for justice alongside the Black community including with Malcolm X. This video shares her story. Video length: 2 min/15 sec.

Stand Up in Allyship - 5 steps you can take

Hollaback! is a global, people-powered movement to end harassment. The nonprofit group offers 5 steps you can take to disrupt bias when it happens right in front of you--maybe even to you. Hollaback! calls this Bystander Intervention Resources and offers online training. Check it out here.

Moving Forward

For those wanting to support and stay tuned to the movement for fairness and equity, check out the national nonprofit organization Asian Americans Advancing Justice.

Welcome to Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Human dignity and respect for all is worth celebrating 365 days a year.

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