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AAPI Heritage Month gets a well-deserved addition

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month was already a lot to take in.

There are so many distinct cultures and disparate experiences within these two massive identity groups, so often seen as one. But something changed in the framing last year that matters this month and always.

In 2021, the White House singled out Native Hawaiians in proclaiming May as Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Welcome to “This is America,” a newsletter centered on race, identity and how they shape our lives. I’m Eve Chena Travel reporter with USA TODAY and co-chair of Gannett’s Asian American employee resource group.

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