Week of May 17-21, 2021
Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month
ABTKids Daily is celebrating Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month. We also recognize and pay tribute to all of ABT’s Asian/Pacific Islander dancers (former and current) who are not American citizens but have made incredible contributions to American culture and the American Ballet Theatre family!
The term Asian-American has a very broad definition. Did you know that there are 48 independent nations in Asia?
- Eastern Asia includes China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, South Korea, North Korea, Macau, Mongolia, Paracel Islands, and Taiwan.
- South Central Asia includes Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan.
- Southeastern Asia includes Brunei, Myanmar (Burma), Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.
- Western Asia includes Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bahrain, Cyprus, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.
Note: Regions are defined by the U.S. Census Bureau.
Did you know that the Pacific Ocean contains an estimated 20,000 to 30,000 islands?
While most of these islands are uninhabited, Pacific Islanders generally live in the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month was chosen to be celebrated in May as a way to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.