DDS Celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
We honor the numerous contributions made to our country by our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) colleagues. Now, more than ever, we must stand up to hatred and passionately celebrate the diversity that strengthens our country. The month of April is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, a time to reflect on and celebrate our achievements in the United States. However, in order to properly enjoy this month, it's necessary to first comprehend who and what it represents.
There are 330 million people in the United States, with 22 million identifying as Asian or Pacific Islander. 'Asian' is a wide term that refers to a huge group of people. The AAPI community has had a particularly difficult year, with a spike in hate crimes against Asian Americans occurring across the country. DDS prides itself on its diversity. We're thrilled to increase our support for groups on the front lines fighting for the API community's safety, dignity, and equity #StopAsianHate. We encourage you donate to Long Beach Public Library Foundation for AAPI community.
DDS brings you the 'Top Three Asian American and Pacific Islanders' for 2022
"This is such an important moment for Japanese women and women around the world. and I hope it's an inspiration to a young girl with big dreams to know that anything is possible."
Naomi Osaka is a Japanese professional tennis player. She has been ranked No. 1 by the Women's Tennis Association and is the first Asian player to hold the top ranking in singles. Members of the Asian American community voiced their support for Naomi Osaka after refused to talk to the reporters in a tournament.
“It’s really sad that this even has to be a hashtag/slogan,” Osaka wrote on her Instagram in reference to the #stopasianhate hashtag.
“Lee pioneered a model that promised Asian men they could take on any enemy and come out on top,” said Chris Berry, a professor of film studies at King’s College in London.
Bruce Lee was a Hong Kong and American martial artist, martial arts instructor, actor, director, screenwriter, producer, and philosopher.
With his striking moves, unrepentant love for his heritage and timeless wisdom, Bruce Lee has long been a source of pride for Asian Americans who’ve looked to him as an emblem of power when they felt rather voiceless in a country that did not always accept them.
"My relationship to my Asian identity, it's always been good and healthy. And I love it," he told the outlet. "We've been growing up together." Keanu Reeves, who self-identifies as a person of color, opened up to NBC Asian America about his Chinese Hawaiian heritage and how he connects with his Asian background. He is a proud Asian American and is of the biggest names in Hollywood that AAPI community looks up to,
When we are in charge of our own stories, amazing things happen.
Today there are more than 300,000 living Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander American veterans. We have great names like Tiger Woods, Kamala Harris, Bruno Mars, Sandra Oh, Lucy Liu and Keali’i Reichel in the US which represent AAPI community and DDS is proud of each and every of the community member. #StopAsianHate is a slogan in defense from the community against rising racial hate crimes in 2021. We urge all come in support of the minorities like AAPI community and make them feel home.