Roundtable Conversation

May is AAPI (Asian American and Pacific Islander) Month! A month where we can specifically focus on—and celebrate—members of our own AAPI community. Some Willow staff sat down to talk about what AAPI Month means to them. Follow along with us each week to hear more.


Consider the following questions before, during, and after you watch.

  1. What perspectives and ideas did you have in regards to AAPI Month prior to watching this video? How has what you watched changed or influenced your thinking?
  2. What information in the video surprised you and/or stood out to you?
  3. Was there anything in particular that challenged the way you think of or perceive people who come from a different cultural background than you?
  4. What next steps in learning more about the differences in the AAPI Community and the many cultures surrounding us is God inviting you to take?

Celebrating the AAPI Community

AAPI Heritage Month | Part 1

AAPI Heritage Month | Part 2

AAPI Heritage Month | Part 3

Learn more about the AAPI Community

AAPI month celebrates members of the following: China, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Macau, Mongolia, the Paracel Islands, Taiwan, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Brunei, Myanmar, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Bahrain, Cyprus, Iraq, Israel, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, the Solomon Islands, the Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, the Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, the Federated States of Micronesia, New Zealand, the Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, the Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, the Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island.

There’s a lot of history and beauty across all those cultures! Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders make up a huge part of our country: According to the last census, there are over 21.5 million members of the AAPI community living in our country—that’s close to 7% of our total population! In Chicagoland alone, there are over 135,000 Asian Americans.

All of that being said, let’s be sure to take some time this month to honor, learn about, and acknowledge the many different members of our AAPI community!