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Harrisburg celebrates AAPI heritage: Culture, history, stories.

Harrisburg celebrates AAPI heritage: Culture, history, stories.


Harrisburg celebrates AAPI heritage: Culture, history, stories.

HAAPI members at last year’s AAPI Heritage Month event.

An Upcoming Festival Celebrates AAPI Heritage Month in Harrisburg

The Harrisburg Asian American Pacific Islander (HAAPI) group will celebrate AAPI Heritage Month on May 19 and 20, showcasing the history, culture, and achievements of its community.

“There’s such an unawareness of the deep AAPI culture,” said HAAPI member Ellen Min. “It’s these great community events that expose people to the culture. It’s a month to celebrate and amplify our heritage.”

Events and Highlights

The event will begin on Friday with a free author talk at Midtown Scholar Bookstore featuring Wajahat Ali and his book, “Go Back to Where You Came From: And Other Helpful Recommendations on How to Become American.” Afterward, Midtown Cinema will host a free screening of “Everything Everywhere All at Once,” which won over six Oscars.

On Saturday, festival attendees can watch the documentary “Feeling Asian American” followed by a Q&A with the film’s director and cast.

The celebrations will end with a photo story exhibit by HAAPI members at Crawdaddy’s Restaurant on N. 6th Street.

All events, except the author discussion, require online registration.

Community and Connection

Through these events, Min hopes that local AAPI residents will find community and connection. She explained how the group has helped people find their identity and connect with a community that shares similar experiences.

HAAPI members aim to expose those outside their community to their culture, combat anti-Asian hate, and showcase AAPI stories that often go untold.

“It’s really a showcasing of people’s stories,” Min said. “Our stories are so layered and rich and beautiful.”

For more information about HAAPI’s AAPI Heritage Month Celebration or to register for events, click here.

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