Asian-Pacific Heritage Sisterhood
During the month of May, Girl Scouts of all backgrounds come together to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. Juniors on the Agent of Change Journey and Seniors on the Mission: Sisterhood Journey are learning how to reach out to a global circle of women for fun, friendship, and Take Action projects, and to gain a better understanding of their own strengths and interests.
The term Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia, including the state of Hawaii. Just five years after Juliette Gordon Low founded our movement in 1912, the first Girl Scout troops were organized in Hawaii. Fun fact: The last reigning Hawaiian monarch, Queen Lili‘uokalani, was an original sponsor.
Today, Asian-Pacific Americans are involved in all aspects of Girl Scouting; some local councils around the country take time to recognize these women. Girl Scouts of Arizona Cactus-Pine shares information on its site about modern-day Asian-Pacific Americans who are role models for girls. These include business executive Indra Nooyi, who is Chairman and CEO of PepsiCo; author Monique Truong; and political scientist and U.N. Ambassador Shirin Tahir-Kheli.
And there are many more. You can research other inspiring Asian-Pacific American women in the world, and see if there are any community activities or festivals in your area where you can celebrate the culture, traditions, and history of your Asian-Pacific American sisters.