May is a time to speak out, share stories and debunk myths about Asian communities. 

May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. This year’s theme, selected by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council, is “Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration.” 

“Our history is also filled with incredible stories of resilience, of persistence, of determination, to fight for our basic rights,” Cynthia Choi, co-executive director of Chinese for Affirmative Action and co-founder of Stop AAPI Hate, told NPR. “This is a celebration of our history, of our culture … and all the different ways in which our community has really demonstrated that we’re not only here to stay, we are a part of this fabric — a part of this country.”

Read more at NPR.

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