Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with Randy Choy

Why this year is AAPI Heritage Month important to you?

“Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month in May has been an important month for me for many years—a month to reflect on my personal journey and family heritage, my broader Chinese-American community, and to celebrate and honor the histories of the many ethnic groups that fall within the expanded AAPI community. This year, however, is especially important because of the ongoing racism and hatred aimed toward the AAPI community throughout this country. We all must work together to combat racism and hatred, and support all communities—particularly communities of color—in the spirit of diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice.”

Randy Choy, Foundation Board Member and Scholarship Committee Chair

This month Randy recommended an article from Vox on the inadequacy of the term “Asian American”. You can find that article and his recommendation here.

Randy also leads at Umpqua Bank as the Vice President, Community Giving and Nonprofit Partnerships; Managing Director, Umpqua Bank Charitable Foundation; Co-Chair, BIPOC Associate Resource Group and member of their Corporate Responsibility Team.