Article | May 4, 2023
AAPI Month at Grace Cathedral
Blog|Eva Woo Slavitt
Grace Cathedral celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, which is observed in the United States during May, and recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.
What started with a week of national recognition of the contributions of the AAPI to American history is now a month. A month to learn, reflect and celebrate the contributions of our AAPI from the past and to come together as a community to recognize those who continue to voice and activate on our behalf. We are especially grateful to have posters designed by local artist/educator Katie Quan. Her desire to raise awareness of the contributions of AAPI in the SF Bay Area in K-12 education truly resonated with me. I wasn’t aware of the contributions of Asians to the Transnational Railroad until I enrolled in an Asian American studies class at SFSU. 20,000 Asians contributed to building this railroad, and not even one was recognized in my grammar school textbooks!
Our theme for AAPI month is: We Belong.
We create, we build, we dance, we preach, we share, we laugh, we cry, we hurt, we heal, we feel, we love.
We have a fantastic line-up of art, music, cultural events, mind-body-spirit programming, a special AAPI coffee hour, and Pentecost with preacher Norman Fong.
Here is a short list of our AAPI events:
May 1-31 – We highlight selected poetry by Atsuro Riley
May 1 – AAPI We Belong Art by Katie Quan
May 12 – LA-based singer/songwriter Susie Suh Concert
May 20 – Piano trio concert of Studio Ghibli music
May 21 – AAPI Coffee Hour after 11 am service
May 22 – Sound Bath – Guest Brian Wong on Japanese Shamisen and Koto
May 28 – The Forum with the Rev. Norman Fong: A Life of Activism
May 28 – Choral Eucharist with Guest Preacher The Rev. Norman Fong