May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and LA County is home to over 1.5 million AAPI residents. AAPIs mainly consist of two groups: Asians and Pacific Islanders. Asians make up about 7% (roughly 23 million) and Pacific Islanders about 0.3% (roughly 1.1 million) of the U.S. population. AAPIs are diverse – they are from over 30 countries and ethnic groups that speak over 100 different languages. In honor of the AAPI Heritage Month, Rancho Cultural Diversity Operations Council, EDIA and the AAPI Women’s Support Group have events planned from May 23rd to May 31st , starting with the AAPI exhibits featuring the stories of AAPI’s triumphs, perseverance and contributions. The posters also highlight how people of today continue to share and preserve their natural and cultural heritage.
The Rancho EDIA, Cultural Diversity Operations Council, and Department of Psychology would like to invite all to join us on Friday, May 27th from 12-1 pm for a presentation by Dr. Han Ren. Dr. Ren is a licensed clinical and school psychologist deeply rooted in liberation and anti-oppressive work. The topic of this symposium is “Healing Through Racial Injustice”. Dr. Ren’s presentation will be offered on Teams. See flyer for more details. This event will be open to all LA Health Services employees so please join us for the AAPI Heritage Month Symposium!
On May 25th from 11am to 1pm, Rancho hosted an outdoor AAPI celebration at the Don Knabe Plaza with vendors, community organizations, exhibits, resources, AAPI food and music. The Cultural Diversity Operations Council also had the Boba Milk Tea fundraiser and chocolates with wrappers specially designed for AAPI Heritage Celebration.
If you have any questions or would like to learn more about the way we are honoring cultural diversity, please contact Lily Wong at: firstname.lastname@example.org