AAPI Heritage Month | Miki Wada

This month allows me to reflect on and embrace my roots and learn about rich, beautiful cultures. The Asian-American Pacific Islanders (AAPI) community makes up 7.3% of the United States’ population, more than 100 languages and dialects, and about 50 ethnic groups. Eleven percent of Neighborhood House Association (NHA) staff are under this category. It is easy to say “AAPI,” but it is a very complex community.

AAPI Heritage Month brings awareness to the community’s hardships throughout history. We have a long history of resilience which strengthened our family values. My heart and thoughts go out to people who suffered hate crimes due to the pandemic.

As our President and CEO sent his strong condemnation of racial injustice to the community, NHA stands by us and leads the San Diego community with strong vision.

It is time to honor, celebrate, and remember people in our lives who have made a positive impact on us. I encourage you to connect with the AAPI staff to learn where they are from and how they became NHA staff.

I am proud and honored to be a part of this organization and contribute to making our community healthier. This September, I celebrate my 20th work anniversary.

My favorite words:
Honesty, Honor, Respect, Kindness

My favorite custom:
See the sunrise at the top of the mountain on the new year to start a new year.