Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month is recognized each May to highlight a large, diverse group of people from many different cultural backgrounds, including some that may not be thought of as Asian.
Asia is not limited to countries located in the east of the continent, although those most likely to come to mind may be China, Japan, South and North Korea, Vietnam, the Philippines, Mongolia and Taiwan, along with the two territories of Hong Kong and Macau.
But what about the countries of South Asia, Central Asia or West Asia?
Asia includes India and stretches further west into the Middle East, including but not limited to Turkey, Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan, Syria, Israel and many more.
In fact, there are 49 countries and two territories that make up Asia and the Pacific Islands, and that doesn’t even include the newest addition to the heritage month recognition: Native Hawaiian, which was added in 2021.