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Celebrate Asian
& Pacific Islander
Heritage Month

Join us at one our events in May!

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May 2nd - Mental Wellness Workshop

Come join us and Safe Haven Trauma Services as we provide information on mental wellness in the API community. We are the least likely group to seek mental health services. We’ll discuss some of the barriers that we experience that make us less likely to seek out services. Many of us have experienced racial trauma and intergenerational trauma, so we’ll share more in depth about these topics and how they impact our mental health. Personal experiences from the webinar hosts will be shared to highlight the material. This webinar is appropriate for anyone who identifies as part of the API community. 

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5/10 - Flower Power Mah Jongg Tournament

Join the Gordon JCC for a Mah Jongg Tournament on May 10th at 11:00 AM.  Players of all skill levels welcome!  A portion of the proceeds benefit the Alzheimer's Association of Middle Tennessee.

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5/19 - Clarksville API Celebration

Join us next Friday, May 19th at the Wilma Rudolph Center for Clarksville's Asian & Pacific Islander Celebration!  There will be food, door prizes, and entertainment.  Doors open at 4:00 and the program starts at 5:30!  

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May 7th - APIHM Arts Festival at The Frist

Join us for the third annual Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Arts Festival at the Frist!  There'll be food, cultural performances, a community fashion show, and market vendors.  We'll be there from 12:30 to 5:00 in the courtyard on Sunday, May 7th!

5/10 - Virtual Book Discussion, The Last Rose of Shanghai

Celebrate Jewish American and API Heritage Month by attending this virtual discussion in partnership with Gordon JCC and The Porch!  Author Weina Dai Randel will be in conversation with writer, editor, and creative writing instructor Yurina Yoshikawa.

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5/21 - AAPI Writers Showcase

Come and hear nine Nashville API creative writers read aloud from their work, ranging from poetry, fiction, and personal essays. MC'd by writing instructor Yurina Yoshikawa, hosted by The Forge and co-sponsored by API Middle Tennessee and The Porch Writers' Collective. A perfect evening to celebrate API Heritage Month and Nashville's vibrant literary scene.

May 9th to 13th - Permission Parties

Multi-sensory listening & tasting menu which pairs a dish with each track of Alex Wong's new album, followed by connecting conversations.  Part of the proceeds will benefit our project, More Than a Menu.

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5/17 - API Night with Nashville SC

Come join us at Geodis Park to celebrate API Heritage Night as Nashville SC faces off against Inter Miami.  The match will feature local API food vendors before the start of the match and API artists throughout the night!  Use the ticket link below to have a part of your ticket benefit API Middle Tennessee!

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5/31 - Navigating Therapy Workshop

Navigating therapy can be challenging when trying to find a qualified and skilled provider that’s a good fit for you. You may be interested in therapy or other forms of support for your mental wellness, but don’t know where to start. You find yourself frustrated with not wanting to spend the money on an intake if the therapist isn’t going to be a good fit. On top of all of that, therapy has in inherent power dynamic that can feel uncomfortable to navigate. We’re going to share all the “tea” on how to navigate finding a culturally sensitive provider who can best meet your individual needs. Personal experiences to be shared by webinar hosts. This webinar is appropriate for anyone who identifies as part of the API community. 

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Check out events Heritage Month Events in Middle Tennessee!

You can always find Asian & Pacific Islander events in Middle Tennessee on our community calendar!

We're partnering again with Greater Nashville Chinese Association and the Nashville Chinese School to bring Asian and Pacific Islander written and illustrated books to local school libraries.  We are also celebrating in two new ways -- the I'm Inspired API Book Review Contest and a few API Author Talks

Did you know?

Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated in May because it recognizes the first Japanese immigrants to come to the United States on May 7th, 1843 and the major contributions of Chinese immigrant laborers to the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10th, 1869.
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