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Celebrating Asian American Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time to recognize, celebrate and honor the achievements made by the AANHPI community. Here are several resources, businesses, and organizations that you can support throughout the year. This is a starter list, so please email us if you have more suggestions to add!


Rain or Shine Market Chong Wa Playground - Chinatown - International District

  • In honor of AANHPI Heritage Month, Asia Pacific Cultural Center is hosting events throughout the month of May. Find a list of cultural events to attend here.

Seattle Chinese Garden

They are hosting the Peony Festival on May 7 - 8 from 10 am - 4 pm. There will be lion dance performances, arts and crafts activities, informational discussions on peonies, and a peony sale.



Asian Counseling and Referral Service (ACRS) has an advocacy page, it is one way folks can learn more about issues that AAPI communities are facing.

Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience

Check out their tours and events. Some suggestions are the informational redlining heritage tours and the food tours.


Support Local Businesses

Intentionalist celebrates AAPI

  • The site makes it really easy for folks to support AANHPI owned businesses by using the filter feature.

  • The directory also has a list of AAPI-owned businesses to support year round.

  • If you can’t make it in person, check out the gift card marketplace.

  • Visit the website to learn more about where you can pick up flowers in your local area and support Hmong farmers.

  • Visit the official website for Seattle Chinatown-International District to stay updated on events and browse through their online marketplace.


Support Local Non-Profits

Hmong Association of Washington - ​HAW’s mission is to preserve and promote the culture, advocate for the Hmong people, and promote education in the community. We are also inspired to provide effective services and programs that improve the lives of our diverse Hmong community in WA.

SCIDpda - Seattle Chinese International District Preservation and Development Authority, a leading force for the economic health of Seattle’s Chinatown International District, implementing strategies that range from support for individual businesses to marketing the entire neighborhood’s lively retail and cultural environment.

Cham Refugee Community Center - a nonprofit organization to provide Islamic educational, social and cultural relevant services to Cham and other ethnic minorities in South Seattle and South King County.

Filipino Community of Seattle - Founded in 1935, Filipino Community of Seattle is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit social service organization providing affordable housing, senior services, youth development and STEM programs, arts and culture programs, and basic needs programs in the form of food bags and warm meals.

Friends of Little Saigon - To preserve and enhance Little Saigon’s cultural, economic, and historic vitality.

Khmer Community of Seattle King County - The Khmer Community of Seattle King County is a community organization that provides direct services to the local Khmer community of Seattle and South King County. Through community outreach and programming, we are working to provide more access and better opportunities for Khmer and Khmer Americans to build cultural connections and experiences together.


Christina Chan is a local artist and entrepreneur residing in South Seattle. She joined Black & Tan Hall as a Good Jobs Fellow and is working on creating platforms and space to share cultural stories.


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