Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month recap

Each May, our employee resource group, Asians@, leads a month-long series of celebrations of culture, traditions, and history for Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This year’s theme was, “I AM _____,“ which showcased the vibrant diversity and unique experiences of Asia and of those at Dropbox who identify as AAPI.

We kicked off the month with a video that introduced our AAPI Dropboxers sharing their experiences, backgrounds and how they finish the statement “I AM _____.“ The video was co-produced by Lily Kim, global campaign manager with music created by Neil Sethi, product manager for Dropbox Paper.

Office celebrations included movie screenings, Droptalks, volunteer opportunities, and more. Below are a few key highlights from the various events at our global offices:

New York

(left) Mahjong Night (middle) South East Asian treats (right) Chopstick Championship

Our New York office had a variety of events including a Mahjong night, a screening of Kahaani, and a tasting of delectable, vegan desserts from Southeast Asia. The month also included a nail-biting, office-wide competition to crown the person who was able to move the highest number of chocolate-covered almonds and M&M’s between plates using chopsticks in the shortest amount of time. The winner was named the “Chopsticks Champion.”

Austin

(left) Chef Benny’s boba cart (right) Bollywood dance class

Dropboxers in Austin celebrated AAPI Heritage Month by sprucing up their weekly chai cart to serve snacks from all over Asia and introduced Asian-inspired Friday happy hours. A few Dropboxers even spent time learning some Bollywood dance moves!

Seattle

(left) Egg tarts (right) At the Wing Luke Museum

As part of the AAPI Heritage Month celebration in Seattle, the team chowed down on egg tarts and boba over a screening of Better Luck Tomorrow and went to the Seattle International Film Festival to see Lu Over the Wall. Other events included a historical tour of the Wing Luke Museum, where they learned about the experiences of the first Asian immigrants in Seattle’s Chinatown.

Sydney

Sake tasting and custom chopsticks for AAPI month

Sydney enjoyed a night of sake tasting, paired with traditional Japanese style foods. Head of Dropbox Asia-Pacific Sales, Koki Igarashi, also educated the team on all things sake.

San Francisco

(left) Droptalk with Aarti Kohli and Ali Noorani Droptalk (middle) Filipino self-defense class (right) Volunteering at Asian Health Services

It was an action-packed month of celebratory events in San Francisco, both in the office and in the surrounding communities. Highlights included a Droptalk on bridging the political divide on immigration reform with Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, and Aarti Kohli, executive director of the Asian Law Caucus, a Filipino self-defense and cultural workshop, and volunteering with Asian Health Services in Oakland. The month ended with a fusion luau night, serving foods from Korea, Japan, Myanmar, the Philippines, India, and of course, Hawaii.

Tokyo

(left & middle) Enjoying the Vietnamese lunch spread (right) Shoe-g preparing special treats

The Dropbox Tokyo team was treated to a Vietnamese lunch, and enjoyed an AAPI-themed happy hour with drinks from all over Asia, dumplings and special treats cooked personally by Dropboxer, Shoe-g Ueyama!

This month’s activities gave Dropboxers across our offices an opportunity to give back, and learn more about the culture and traditions of those who are of Asian & Pacific Island descent. In addition to celebrating AAPI Heritage Month, we also celebrated Head of Product for Dropbox Paper, Kavitha Radhakrishnan, who was recently named one of the Top Moms of Color in Tech.

For more stories from our Asian American and Pacific Islander community, read their stories here:

Esther Suh: I AM RESILIENT

Daniel Liem: I AM MIGHTY

Elaine Wan: I AM MY COMMUNITIES

Neil Sethi: I AM BOLD

Bree Bunzel: I AM A PROUD KOREAN-AMERICAN DROPBOXER

Want to celebrate with us? Learn more about working at Dropbox by visiting dropbox.com/jobs.

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