Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a time to celebrate AAPI’s rich history, culture, languages, and voices.
This month we are honored to share the story of Ayako Kato, who is one of our CAPE teaching artists. Originally from Japan, Ayako she tells us what lessons she has learned from living in the United States; gets us up close and personal to lets us know a little bit more about her family history discovery; and lastly she lets us know why this month is special.
At Patrick Henry Elementary School, Ms. Marybel Cortes and Ms. Ayako collaborated for “Viva el Español!” (2020) to acknowledge the richness and importance of keeping their language and culture and “Indigenous Peoples Back Then and Now” (2020-2021) to raise students’ awareness upon Native American history, cultures, and current conditions in the United States.
Comment below to let us know your favorite part of Ayako’s interview!