May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month/Older Americans Month
Join Missourians in celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month at the following events:
- Join the Heart of America Japan-America Society, whose mission is to further understanding between the peoples of Japan and the Greater Kansas City area by promoting social, cultural, and educational exchanges. Learn about the local culture and find metropolitan census data by visiting the site.
- Explore the Kansas City Public Library’s youth reading list honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
- Visit The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, to view its renowned Chinese, Japanese, and South and Southeast Asian art collections. The museum is open Wednesday through Sunday each week, and admission is free. For more information, call 816-751-1278.
- Join the Japan American Society of St. Louis and the Japan American Society Women’s Association for A Celebration of Japanese Culture on May 7 at 11 a.m. for an afternoon of family fun at the Missouri History Museum, Lindell & DeBaliviere in Forest Park. The event includes a tea ceremony demonstration, kamishibai storytelling, and ikebana flower arranging. For more information, call 314-746-4599.
- Explore the art of origami with your teens at the Walnut Park Branch Library on May 9. The fun begins at 4 p.m. in the Children’s area. Visit the online event calendar for further details or additional events.
- Read the St. Louis Chinese American News, a free weekly newspaper written in Chinese and English, with a circulation of 6,000 in Missouri.
- Enjoy the meditation garden, tea house, koi lake, and moon bridge featured at the Mizumoto Japanese Stroll Garden, a part of the Nathanael Greene/Close Memorial Parks, 2400 South Scenic. Call 417-891-1515 for further information.
- Check out How David Leong Invented Springfield-Style Cashew Chicken and then enjoy a steaming dish of cashew chicken in Springfield, home of this delicious fare created by Leong nearly a half-century ago.
Visit these resources to learn more about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States:
- The Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience is dedicated to connecting people through the uniquely American stories of Asian Americans. For additional detail and resources, visit online.
- Learn about the legislative history of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, obtain educational materials, or view on-topic videos by visiting online.
- Read more about Asian Pacific Americans in the United States Army from the Civil War to Overseas Contingency Operations through the years.
For resources on the contributions of older adults in Missouri, visit one of our regional agencies on aging:
- Northwest Missouri Area Agency on Aging, serves Atchison, Nodaway, Worth, Harrison, Putnam, Holt, Andrew, Gentry, Buchanan, DeKalb, Clinton, Davies, Caldwell, Grundy, Livingston, Sullivan, Linn, and Mercer counties.
- Northeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, serves Adair, Clark, Knox, Lewis, Lincoln, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, Schuyler, Scotland, Shelby, and Warren counties.
- Mid-America Regional Council, serves Platte, Clay, Ray, Jackson, and Cass counties
- Care Connection, serving Carroll, Chariton, Lafayette, Saline, Johnson, Pettis, Bates, Henry, Vernon, St. Clair, Cedar, Benton, and Hickory counties.
- Central Missouri Area Agency on Aging, serves Audrain, Boone, Callaway, Camden, Cole, Cooper, Crawford, Dent, Gasconade, Howard, Laclede, Maries, Miller, Morgan, Moniteau, Osage, Phelps, Pulaski, and Washington counties.
- Mid-East Area Agency on Aging, serves St. Charles, St. Louis County, Franklin, and Jefferson counties.
- St. Louis Area Agency on Aging, serves the City of St. Louis
- Area Agency on Aging Region X, serves Barton, Jasper, Newton, and McDonald counties.
- Southwest Missouri Office on Aging, serves Barry, Christian, Dade, Dallas, Douglas, Greene, Howell, Lawrence, Oregon, Ozark, Polk, Shannon, Stone, Taney, Texas, Webster, and Wright counties.
- Southeast Missouri Area Agency on Aging, serves St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve, Perry, Iron, Reynolds, Madison, Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Wayne, Carter, Ripley, Butler, Stoddard, Scott, Mississippi, New Madrid, Pemiscot, and Dunklin counties.
Useful information for older Missourians and their families may be found by visiting the following:
- The Missouri Department of Health & Senior Services provides information on independent living, employment, elder abuse, and much more.
- The Missouri Association of Area Agencies on Aging provides older residents with details on a variety of subjects, including home-delivered meals, transportation, and care coordination.
- Eldercare Locator connects those in need with services for older adults and their families. You can search by location or topic, including financial and legal assistance, housing options, health insurance, and volunteerism. You can also utilize this service by calling 800-677-1116.
- The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration on Aging has a wealth of information and resources for older adults and their families. To learn more about the history of Older Americans Month, or to obtain materials and gather ideas to help your organization celebrate this observance, visit the website.