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How Mindy Kaling, Jeannie Mai, & More Celebrities Celebrate AAPI Heritage & Culture With Their Kids

While May marks the official celebration of Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month and all of the incredible facets of Asian and Pacific Islander cultures, any day of the year is a fantastic day to celebrate the characteristics of and contributions made by AAPI people — and that’s just what these celebrities are doing with their kids.

Some celebrities like Jason Momoa have grown up feeling nothing but complete reverence for their AAPI roots. Others like Joanna Gaines have struggled with their heritage due to the racism, stereotyping, and tokenizing that takes place all too often in America and around the world. A common throughline for those who felt ashamed of their background in childhood is a metamorphosis in adulthood that caused a shift in perspective, allowing them to embrace all of the unique and beautiful traits and traditions of their AAPI heritage — and pass on that deep appreciation to their children.

From Mindy Kaling and her Indian roots to Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and his Polynesian heritage, each of the following celebrity parents make a conscious effort to steep their kids in their AAPI cultures, in May and throughout the year. To learn more about how they teach their culture’s history, embrace representation, and take part in traditional practices with their children, read on.

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