May is AAPI History Month. We are proud to be a minority-led agency with co-founders, Josh and Dinesh Boaz, as first generation immigrants from India and Sri Lanka.

Below, we have included helpful information and resources to help honor Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 

Where to Eat (in New York City)

  1. Mama Fina’s – Filipino Restaurant in the East Village known for their Sizzling Sisig
  2. Kora – gourmet Filipino doughnut shop in Queens (reservation for pickup only every Monday)
  3. Hello Saigon – Vietnamese restaurant in Greenwich Village (cheap and super authentic!)
  4. Lao Ma Spicy – Spicy food from Szechuan! Right next to our office
  5. Benares – Northern Indian Food in TriBeca

Where to Donate 

  1. Stop AAPI Hate – The center tracks and responds to incidents of hate, violence, harassment, discrimination, shunning, and child bullying against AAPI in the US
  2. AAPI Women Lead – aims to strengthen the progressive political and social platforms of AAPI communities in the US through the leadership of self-identified AAPI women and girls. 
  3. Hate is a Virus – a nonprofit community of mobilizers and amplifiers that exists to dismantle racism and hate.
  4. Mekong NYC –  a social justice organization that brings dignity and value to the lives of Southeast Asians in the Bronx and throughout New York City. 
  5. Heart of Dinner – delivering love to Asian elders throughout NYC, one meal at a time.

Who to Follow

  1. Asian Lit for Kids – Children’s books featuring characters of Asian and other BIPOC identities for all libraries, bookshelves, and cozy reading moments.
  2. Hannah Reyes Morales – Photographer
  3. Mak Tumang – Fashion Designer (designs inspired by natural wonders of the Philippines)
  4. Christina Chung – Illustrator
  5. Manal Mirza – Illustrator

Who Inspires Us

  1. Indra Nooyi – former chairperson and CEO of PepsiCo
  2. Bong Joon-Ho – Director of Parasite, first non-english language that won Best Picture in the 92nd Academy Awards
  3. Nadya Okamoto –  founder and former executive director of the non-profit organization Period Inc.
  4. Grace Lee Boggs – Chinese American author, philosopher, and social activist
  5. Kalpana Chawla – First Indian American Astronaut and Engineer
  6. Constance Wu – Taiwanese actress known for her role in Crash Rich Asians and Fresh Off the Boat! Asian representation in media
  7. Michelle Lee – Editor-in-Chief of Allure, awarded Adweek’s Editor of the Year in 2017 – known for transforming Allure into an innovative, multi-faceted brand

– Zoe Ticzon, Associate Account Manager