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AAPI Alliance May Recap: AAPI Heritage Month

What a month it’s been! We hope you have enjoyed celebrating AAPI heritage with family and friends as much as we have. Here’s a quick recap of what we did.

Taiko Performance at JAMS

On May 25th, during an Assembly at John Adams Middle School (JAMS) we co-hosted a Taiko performance by LA Mugen. This was made possible by a generous donation from the ASB (Associated Student Body) and the assistance from the ASU (Asian Student Union) led by Liz Cowgill and Glenn Sato.

AAPI Celebration at Samohi

On May 22nd, we co-hosted a performance by Koshin Taiko during lunchtime in the Santa Monica High School Innovation Quad. We are grateful for the support of the PTSA and the School administration for this opportunity. It was wonderful to see students participate and appreciate the special music.

Grant Elementary School Open House

Grant school parent volunteers and the PTA DEI leaders put together this special AAPI display for students and families to view during Open House on May 25th.

JAMS Asian Student Union Luau

On May 19th, we enjoyed a special Hawaiian meal and were entertained with a Hula show led by Kumu Keali’i Ceballos. It was fun to see John Adams Middle School students learn to hula alongside their teachers and Principal Chacon.

Japanese/Korean Children’s Day

On May 5th, at JAMS and Grant Elementary, we celebrated Children’s Day with Japanese and Korean snacks/candy and activities like origami-making.

End of the Year Beach Party

Let’s kick-off Summer together by having “fun in the sun” on Sunday, June 11th beginning at 3pm. For those who want to stay to watch the sunset, please pack your jackets and blankets. Click here to RSVP

OPEN Meeting - ALL are Welcome

We are hosting a meeting on June 9th for anyone interested in learning more and getting involved. We welcome your ideas and comments as we seek to grow this organization for the benefit of AAPI students. Click here to RSVP.


Though we sincerely appreciate the spotlight in May, we hope you will continue supporting the AAPI community all year long by joining us!

This is an exciting and unique opportunity to get involved with the AAPI community!

Best Regards,

AAPI Alliance Board of Directors

Lorraine Shimahara, President

Wen-Chia Tsai Parker, Vice President

Laurel Joe, Secretary

Suzie Bao, Treasurer

Connie Shih Cohn, Member

Linh Nguyen, Member

Sheila Shea Quon, Member

Our Purpose

To support AAPI students and their community

by promoting cultural heritage,

advocating for their rights and

empowering them to achieve their full potential.

Any size donation would be much appreciated to help us establish 501(c)3 status

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