Creativity is an inherent and powerful force within Asian and Pacific Islander communities. This May, in celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, we invite you to explore classes taught by API creatives and revel in new artwork from five artists representing different Asian backgrounds.
Learn from, create with, and honor Asian and Pacific Islander creators during APIH Month and onward.
Five Artists, Five Powerful Stories
It’s been an incredibly difficult year for Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Tragedy after tragedy has been fueled by anti-Asian sentiment. We are exhausted, to say the least.
In an effort to help heal and shine a light on the rich history of API contributions to our creative community, Skillshare has commissioned artwork from five of our teachers representing different Asian backgrounds. Each piece of art centers around a word from the artist’s native language that is of personal significance to them —inviting us into their brightly illuminated worlds.
We hope you enjoy getting to know each of our teachers’ stories just as much as we did.
Kaho Yoshida on Showing Appreciation in Japanese Culture
Food, Family, and Tradition with Smitesh Mistry
Embracing Your Heritage as a Hyphenated-Identity with Jennet Liaw
Ohn Mar Win on Resiliency and Uniting for Justice in Myanmar
Coming Soon: Victo Ngai on the honor of being Asian
Embracing API Creativity
Can you imagine a world without the contributions of Asian and Pacific Islander communities? Neither can we. This APIH Month, we’re spotlighting Asian and Pacific Islander creators with a curated list of classes.
About the author
Evan Neuhoff (he/they) is a non-binary Filipino-American writer living in Houston, Texas. Evan writes at the intersection of gender and racial identity, generational trauma, and the queer experience.
Header artwork by illustrator and Skillshare teacher Victo Ngai.