May 20, 2022
May is Asian American Pacific Islander month, or AAPI for short, a time to celebrate the Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States and their contributions to the history of this country. By recognizing the culture, history, and achievements of Asian American and Pacific Islanders, we can broaden the understanding of their countries and cultures, as well as enhance the appreciation for all that they have given to make this country great.
As is the case with many commemorative months, AAPI originated with Congress. In 1978, Congress passed, and President Jimmy Carter signed into law, a joint resolution declaring a week in May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” This was later expanded to a month, and in 1992, May was designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.
At VITALIA Senior Residences® at Stow Stow, OH, we will be celebrating by honoring the State of Hawaii and the countries of India, China, and Thailand.
The dishes I am making include ham and pineapple fried rice, topped with pork tenderloin and a pineapple teriyaki sauce, representing Hawaii and chicken satay with a spicy peanut sauce over fried rice, from Thailand. For Happy Hour I have selected butter chicken with basmati rice, garlic naan bread and a mango chutney from India. From China, there will be vegetable spring rolls, lo-mien, and sweet and sour pork with peppers and onions.
I chose these dishes because pineapple is a staple in Hawaii, and they also consume a large number of pork products. I’ve always had a love for curry dishes and butter chicken is a very popular Indian dish. These dishes are staples of Chinese culture. I’m not too familiar with Thai cuisine; however, I’m doing my research. Chicken satay is a popular Thai dish. I had to tone back the spiciness, but I believe it’s authentic.
I feel we should celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. As a minority I feel it is very important for different cultures to be represented and show the diversity in the community.
We are honored to have the opportunity to celebrate these countries, their contributions, and their foods this month! And we would be even more honored if you would join us. Give us a call to learn more about how you can get a seat at the table this month!
VITALIA® Stow in Stow, OH offers senior villas, independent apartments, assisted living, and memory care with a variety of services and a range of floor plan options. Amenities include 1804 Restaurant, a 24-hour bistro, concierge service, housekeeping, events and entertainment, personal care, transportation services, and more. Conveniently located just off of Hwy 8 at E Steels Corners Road near Akron General Health & Wellness Center with convenient access to major shopping centers and attractions, including Fox Den Golf Course, Summit Mall, Bike & Hike – Summit Metro Parks, Stan Hywet, Hale Farm, and Blossom Music Center.
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