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May 3, 2023

Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, and we have a variety of resources for learning and celebrating!

AAPI Events and Activities in your Community!


  • The Minneapolis Institute of Art features multiple exhibits that center on Asian history and art. From now until May 21st, Eternal Offerings: Chinese Ritual Bronzes is one of the highlighted museum exhibits- it was designed by Tim Yip, an Oscar-winning artistic director!
  • Midtown Global Market is a hub for multicultural food, clothing, gifts and more! Visit Intown Sushi, MomoDosa, Sabbai Cuisine and more Asian vendors!




AAPI Representation in TV and Film!

For Young Kids

  • Turning Red, Disney+
  • Moana, Disney+
  • Over the Moon, Netflix
  • Big Hero Six, Disney+

For Early Teens

  • Doogie Kamealoha, MD, Disney+
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts, Netflix
  • My Neighbor Totoro, HBO Max
  • Oni, Netflix
  • Raya and the Last Dragon, Disney+

For Adults

  • Minari, available to rent
  • Pachinko, Apple TV+
  • Parasite, available to rent
  • Crazy Rich Asians, HBO Max

Exploring and learning about AAPI Culture in our Centers!

Our menus feature food from lots of different cultures and countries! This month we’ll feature three Asian recipes- and we’ve included the recipes below!

Chop Suey is a Chinese-American dish! There are a couple stories about how the dish originated- some say it was created when Chinese diplomat Li Hongzhang was hosting American guests for dinner, and wanted a dish that appealed to both cultures. Another story claims it was originally prepared in one of the first Chinese restaurants in San Francisco, thrown together from leftovers before they closed for the night. Either way, it’s a delicious meal!

Chop Suey Recipes: Homemade Chop Suey, Chop Suey

Chicken Tikka Masala was voted the UK’s most popular dish- and it actually originated there! The South Asian community in the UK are cited to have invented this dish, with lots of Indian influences. At Tierra Encantada, we swap out chicken for tofu, but the dish still has its creamy consistency and flavorful kick!

Tofu Tikka Masala Recipes: Tofu Tikka Masala, Quick Tofu Tikka Masala

In Sanskrit (an ancient language from India), dal means split, and it describes the ingredient perfectly. Dal are dried, split pulses that need to be soaked before they are cooked. Our Lentil, Cauliflower and Chickpea Dal is full of veggies and palate expanding spices.

Lentil and Chickpea Recipes: Lentil and chickpea dhal, Chickpea Lentil Curry

We’ll also be learning about AAPI cultures in our centers! On the very last days of May, our Twin Cities locations are taking a field trip to the Japanese Gardens!

Whether it’s through cooking a meal that honors and explores Asian heritage, a visit to a local museum or event in your area, be sure to celebrate and learn about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders this month!

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