AAPI Heritage Month: Week 3

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. As part of the school’s activities this month, the Equity and Inclusion Committee has prepared a diverse and engaging list of things families can do outside of school to support the AAPI community and celebrate AAPI heritage.

Created with a variety of ages and developmental levels in mind, the list includes book and song recommendations, family-friendly fields trips, restaurants, and events, equity-and-inclusion-based discussion topics, and delicious recipes – all centered around Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage.

Each week this month we’ll send a new set of activities from the committee’s list. Here are Week 3’s offerings.

Book Recommendations

The Name Jar by YangSook Choi Age Range: Children

Mela the Elephant by Dow Phumiruk Age Range: 5–8

Shining Star: The Anna May Wong Story by Paula Yoo Age Range: 5–10

Journey to Topaz by Yoshiko Uchida Age Range: 10–12

Songs to Explore (From Cartoons and Movies)

Studio Ghibli Cafe (Japanese)

Studio Ghibli: Spirited Away (Japanese)

Ni Hao, Kai-lan (Chinese)

Bollywood songs (Indian)

Recommended Field Trips

Gen Korean Barbeque House, 1353 Willow Pass Rd., Concord

Vanda Thai, 1250 J Newell Ave., Walnut Creek

My Tofu House, 4627 Geary Blvd., San Francisco

Sargam Indian Cuisine, 140 N. Civic Dr., Walnut Creek

Discussion Topic

Talking About Race: The Lee Family (for parents and children), Sesame Street


Braised Tofu (Korea)


1 18-oz pack firm tofu

1 tbsp vegetable/canola oil

3 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp water

1 tbsp sesame oil

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp minced garlic

Optional: 2 scallions (1 if large), finely chopped, about 1/4 cup