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AAPI Heritage Month: Week 4

May is Asian/Pacific American 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 Asian and Pacific Island community and celebrate its heritage. Here are this week’s offerings.

Book Recommendations

Asian Americans Who Inspire Us by Analiza Quiroz Wolf Age range: Children

Drawn Together by Minh Le Age range: 5–10

I Dream of Popo by Livia Blackburne Age range: Children

Kim Ji-Young, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo Age range: Adult

Art Projects to Explore

Field Trips

Peony Garden Chinese restaurant, 1448 So. Main St., Walnut Creek

Ohgane Korean BBQ & Cuisine, – 3915 Broadway, Oakland

Discussion Topics

Bystander Intervention (for parents), Hollaback


Hainan Chicken Instant Pot (Singapore)


1 whole chicken

1 whole ginger

1 bunch of green onions

White rice (for family of four, the submitter of this recipe usually cooks 4 cups of rice, but says it’s up to you)

1 bottle Hainan chicken rice sauce

Olive oil



Soy sauce


Sesame oil

Sriracha sauce

Bowl of ice water, enough to cover a quartered chicken


There are 4 parts of the meal: the rice, the chicken, the ginger sauce, and the soy sauce.

  1. Rice: Add 1 tablespoon Hainan sauce per cup of white rice into the rice cooker.

  2. Chicken: Deconstruct chicken into quarters. Leave skin on but remove fat and undesirable parts.

  3. Put water and raised metal grid in the instant pot. The water level should be just shy of the metal grid line. Put chicken on grid. Chicken should not touch water. Add about six slices of ginger and a few green onion slices onto the chicken.

  4. Set the Instant Pot to Meat/Stew, 17 minutes, and Normal Adjust.

  5. When chicken is done, release pressure immediately and open when steam has been released.

  6. Put chicken in a bowl of ice and water for 5 minutes. Make sure it is completely covered by water. Pull it out and cut chicken into smaller slices.

  7. Ginger sauce: Put ginger and green onions in food processor. Add olive oil and salt to taste. Amount of all ingredients depends on your tastes. More ginger equals more spicy.

  8. Soy sauce: Finely chop three large cloves of garlic. Mix with soy sauce. You can add lime, sesame oil, and sriracha.


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