Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month 

Since 1992, the month of May has been celebrated as Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This month was chosen to commemorate both the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the U.S on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad –which was predominantly built by Chinese immigrants on May 10, 1869.

In light of the recent increase of violence again the AAPI community, we want to show our support and let the community feel they belong at the Y. This year for Asian American Heritage Month, the YMCA of Delaware will celebrate, highlight and honor the many contributions of Asians & Pacific Islanders during May.

We use the term “Asian American and & Pacific Islander” to include all people of Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander ancestry who trace their origins to the countries, states, and/or the diasporic communities of these geographic regions. Showcasing a glimpse of the rich culture, traditions, and history of Asian American and Pacific Islanders.

Belonging starts with “Hello”

In May, we invite our staff and members to learn one greeting in one of the Asian & Pacific Islander languages.
  • Just learn one phrase for the month.
  • Don’t be afraid of making mistakes.
  • Ask Siri or google for help.
  • Have fun! Say it with a smile, even with the mask on!:)


Belonging starts with “hello” Resouces 

You can easily google and chose the greeting you want to learn. Here are just some examples:


Contact Pei-Jen Hickey at [email protected]  if you have any questions.


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