Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month With Womankind

Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month With Womankind

In May, Womankind hosted an incredible event at our Brooklyn Community Office in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, bringing together our community for an afternoon filled with enriching activities and heartfelt celebration. The event was a vibrant celebration of the diverse experiences and identities within the AAPI community. Attendees had the opportunity to learn and engage in a variety of activities, each thoughtfully designed to honor and explore AAPI heritage and identity.

One of the highlights was the mahjong lessons provided by Riichi Nomi. Guests, both new and experienced, enjoyed learning the intricacies of this traditional game, fostering a sense of community and connection. It was especially heartwarming to witness the intergenerational dynamic at three tables, where one experienced elder played with a mix of younger aged folks. Mahalakshmi Moka, Womankind’s Later in Life Advocate, added a beautiful touch of artistry by offering guests intricate and temporary henna tattoos that they proudly showcased throughout the event.

A key feature of the celebration was the in-person gallery show, where community members shared their personal stories and experiences of being AAPI through various forms of art. This exhibit highlighted the intersectionality within the AAPI community, showcasing expressions related to gender, sexual orientation, immigration, and socioeconomic status. The art sparked meaningful conversations and connections among attendees, emphasizing the uniqueness of each individual's journey.

We were also privileged to enjoy a live classical music performance by the Edith String Quartet, which comprise of students from The Juilliard School. Their performance added a sophisticated and serene ambiance to the event, captivating the audience and enhancing the celebratory atmosphere.

This event was a true celebration of diversity and culture, and it was rewarding to see everyone engage in intracommunal learning and celebrate their identities together. The sense of community and belonging was palpable, making it a memorable occasion for all who attended.

This event was made possible with the support of community partners: Edith String Quartet from The Juilliard School and Riichi Nomi; Womankind Youth Ambassadors, volunteers, and staff, especially Sheng Lin (Advocate and Program Associate) and Jennifer Le (Community Education and Outreach Manager). As we look forward to future events, we remain committed to celebrating and supporting the diverse experiences of the AAPI community. Thank you to everyone who joined us, and we hope to see you at our next celebration!