This month as we celebrate our heritage, we have assigned you a mission: find out more about your ancestors. We can take advantage of this time to share stories about our families and reconnect with relatives.
You know who your parents are: they could be the people that you’ve always remembered looking up to. They may have adopted you. They may even be parents you chose as your own. But who came before them?
This month as we celebrate our heritage, we have assigned you a mission: find out more about your ancestors. They may have the same middle or first name as you, or they may have totally different names than you. Fill this out and ask any relatives or friends if they can tell you something about each person. Good luck on your mission!
Before we fill out your tree, let’s dig a little deeper!
Because May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we wanted to shed light on some distinct "JA" topics that allow us to explore our heritage. From heirlooms to fundraiser dances to Japanese middle names, we're celebrating the things that make us proud to be Japanese American.
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When I was younger, my Japanese middle name was a source of shame, especially since I was surrounded by kids with American names. Now, I've learned how our names are innately tied to our culture.Read More >>
Join me on my quest to find the origins of the rainbow Jell-O - a fixture at many community events and parties.Read More >>
This month as we celebrate our heritage, we have assigned you a mission: find out more about your ancestors. We can take advantage of this time to share stories about our families and reconnect with relatives.Read More >>
Vegetable superheroes, snake liquor, and fried doughnuts are just some of the things that make Okinawan culture amazing. To learn more about some of the things that make Okinawa's culture so rich and vibrant, read on.Read More >>
More young Japanese Americans are getting their family mon, or crest, tattooed on their bodies today. In a Q&A with Portland-based artist Jun Osaki, we learn more about how tattoos can connect people to their culture.Read More >>
The Sansei dances that many Japanese American parents in Southern California enjoy today hark back to a period in the 1960s and 1970s known as the Los Angeles Asian American dance scene.Read More >>
We've collected and listed 20 of the most commonly mentioned Japanese American antiques and heirlooms that families have found in their cupboards, shelves, kitchens, and attics.Read More >>