Ways to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month in Philadelphia


The month of May is officially Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, and to celebrate Asian Americans, Pacific Islander Americans and Native Hawaiians in Philadelphia, here are some ways to show your support.

The National Constitution Center 

This month, the National Constitution Center will offer a series of programs centered on the lives and contributions of trailblazers like suffragist Mabel Ping Hua Lee, civil rights activist Fred Korematsu, musician Simon Tam and Patsy Mink — the first Asian American woman to serve in Congress, a release notes.

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Philadelphians can partake in the AAPI festivities for free with museum admission. A full schedule is available online.

525 Arch St., constitutioncenter.org

Bánh Mì & Bottles and Gabriella’s Vietnam

In celebration of AAPI Heritage Month in Philadelphia, Bánh Mì & Bottles and Gabriella’s Vietnam are teaming up for a special dinner collaboration set for next Monday, May 20, at 6 p.m. The four-course prix-fixe dinner runs for $60 per person (excluding tip and tax), and features dishes from Vietnamese culture from both chefs including zucchini soup with shrimp and mushroom, tomato stuffed tofu, 5-spiced sautéed beef, coconut coffee panna cotta and more options.
The meal will be served family-style, and reservations are available now on Resy.
712-14 S St., banhmiandbottles.com

Fabric Workshop and Museum

Philadelphians can head to the Fabric Workshop and Museum this month to check out ‘Group Hug’, an exhibition from Filipino artist Risa Puno. This new showcase will mark Puno’s first solo exhibition which explores the concept of “kapwa” (or communal sharing and care) through gameplay and traditional Filipino symbolism.

As a release notes, the immersive and interactive exhibit simulates the cause-and-effect nature of caregiver relationships and will be on display at the venue until July 21.

1214 Arch St., fabricworkshopandmuseum.org

Poi Dog and Chopt

There is just enough time to celebrate AAPI Month in Philadelphia by heading to Chopt Creative Salad Co.’s Marlton, Cherry Hill, Bryn Mawr, and Newtown locations for a tasty collaboration they have with Kiki Aranita from Poi Dog Sauces.

The partnership has created the Huli Huli Chicken Bowl, which features Poi Dog’s signature Huli Sauce, boasting flavors of sweet pineapple, savory miso, and fragrant Chinese five-spice topped with a tangy Jalapeño Vinaigrette and a medley of fresh ingredients for $14.49.

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Poi Dog founder Kiki Aranita is pictured.Mike Prince

“I’m thrilled that Poi Dog Huli sauce has found its way into the chicken that is roasted for Chopt’s Huli Huli Chicken Bowl,” says Poi Dog founder Kiki Aranita in a statement. “As a chef, it has long been my mission to convey to my guests and diners the wonderful flavors I grew up with in Hawaii and Hong Kong. I’m able to do that on a larger scale outside of owning a restaurant now through my line of sauces, Poi Dog. Chopt has taken this notion and created a bowl that I find truly delicious and honors flavors from my childhood.”

The bowl is available through this Wednesday, May 15.

Multiple locations,  choptsalad.com