Cranes for Peace campaign artist at the Cascadia Art Museum for Edmonds Art Walk on May 19

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Crane earrings by Fay Lim

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and Cranes for Peace Campaign Founder Fay Lim will demonstrate how to make Washi Origami Crane Earrings at the Cascadia Art Museum during Art Walk Edmonds Thursday May 19.

To end harassment and violence against the Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) community, a portion of every origami earring purchase will be donated to Stop AAPI Hate.

Art Walk Edmonds runs from 5-8 p.m. on May 19 in downtown Edmonds.

When first proposed in 1977, AAPI Heritage Month was chosen to be held in the month of May to observe the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States (May 7, 1843) and the completion of the transcontinental railway, built mainly by Chinese immigrant workers (May 10, 1869). This tribute, in an annual presidential proclamation, recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

the Stop the AAPI Hate Center is a collaboration between the Asian Pacific Policy & Planning Council, Chinese for Affirmative Action and the Department of Asian American Studies at San Francisco State University. The center tracks and reports incidents of hate, violence, harassment and discrimination and also provides translation and advocacy services.

The Asian tradition of 1,000 paper cranes represents the granting of a special wish, happiness, long life and is often used to symbolize peace. Using “Washi” or traditional Japanese paper that has been hand treated and made in the traditional way, these cranes are also treated to prevent UV fading and are water resistant.

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