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 Castlewood Senior Living Nixa, MO, we will be celebrating by honoring the countries of Korea, Philippines, and Thailand and the state of Hawaii.
The dishes I am making are: Korea – sushi (kimbap) and soju; Philippines – lumpia and mango float; Thailand – pad Thai; and Hawaii – Hawaiian chicken kebabs with purple fries.
I chose sushi and soju to represent Korea because sushi is a fun way to be creative and find something that fits everyone’s tastes. I chose lumpia and mango floats to represent the Philippines because one of our servers is from there and they are dishes that she enjoys making for her family and to share with others. Pad Thai was chosen to represent Thailand because it’s one of the most well-known dishes in America, plus it’s just delicious. I chose Hawaiian chicken kebabs and purple fries to represent Hawaii because of the color and fun it will bring to the table and who doesn’t love some good finger food?
As a culinary director, I believe we should celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. I think as a country that’s formed by immigrants it is important to celebrate ALL cultures because that’s what we are! We are a conglomeration of all cultures formed into one big, wonderful country.
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!