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 Boulevard Senior Living St. Charles, MO, we will be celebrating by honoring the territory of Guam.
I will be making four different dishes. Buenos aga is homemade banana donuts. Banuelos unhang is a fritter made with shrimp and vegetables. Chamorro BBQ chicken skewers with red rice is my third dish, followed by chicken keelage with sweet tortillas.
I chose these dishes as a bridge between what is popular in Guam and what the residents would like to try and eat.
As a culinary director, I feel we should celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month to represent the different countries and heritages around the world. It is mind opening.
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!