“Asian Americans Play Key Role in Fighting Coronavirus, Even as They Suffer Racism Spurred by It” – Posted by Melissa Cruz | May 29, 2020
May 31 closes out Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time dedicated to recognizing the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The term AAPI encompasses all people from the Asian continent and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
This year’s recognition of AAPI Heritage Month feels more important than ever. Racism and xenophobia linked to the coronavirus pandemic has led to a major spike in harassment, assaults, and hate crimes against AAPIs throughout the United States. At the same time, many AAPIs are on the frontlines in the fight against COVID-19.
AAPIs deserve to be honored far beyond the confines of a single month. Yet, as AAPIs face greater instances of racism in this country, the United States must do all it can to ensure their safety and recognize their contributions inside and outside of the healthcare industry.