Asian American Pacific Islander Month



                                                                Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is observed annually in May to celebrate the contributions that generations of AAPIs have made to American history, society, and culture in the United States. Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

South Orange Village and Maplewood Township have joined forces to celebrate AAPI Heritage Month, 2021 and are offering a line-up of activities, projects and events that highlight the AAPI heritage in our community!

Click the links below for complete listings of all SOMA events and keep scrolling for some highlights.

South Orange AAPI Events

Maplewood AAPI Events

Press Release | Full Activities List


SOMA Wishing Trees

Make a wish for a bright future and to end to all anti-Asian racism and in honor of all in the AAPI community directly and indirectly affected by violence and hate. 

Make a wish. Write it on a tag.
Tie your tag to the string on any SOMA wishing tree location. In South Orange Visit Spiotta Park. Wish ribbons available at Sparkhouse and Kitchen a la Mode. 

All Month Long - May 2021. 

Ask your friends and family to do the same.

You can make our collective wishes come true by taking action to understand how the exclusion of Asians from racial discourse and community visibility leads to anti-Asian racism and enables the continued dismissal of Asian relevance in racial justice, community diversity, and school integration agendas.

Sponsors: SOMA Asian, Township of Maplewood, South Orange Village, SOMA Action Racial Justice, SOMA Action Religious Justice, SOMA Justice



Enjoy Hula Dance performances and lei-making lessons in Spiotta Park with Pua Aliʻi ʻIlima o Nūioka Grab refreshments from one of our many Asian restaurants or stay after the performances for dinner out. Restaurant details and specials TBA. Sponsored by local realtor, CAROL VELEZ FARDIN | 917.450.8843, Cross Cultural Works, South Orange Village, and Maplewood Township. 

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