Celebrate our heritage: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander community
A Pew Research Center analysis indicated that in 2019 the Asian American and Pacific Islander community was the fastest growing racial demographic group in the United States. The United States Census Bureau estimates that in 2019 there were 22.9 million Asian American residents (including Chinese, Taiwanese, Filipino, Vietnamese, Korean and Japanese) and 1.6 million Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander residents. Chicago ranks as one of the top cities for relocation, with nearly three million Asian Americans living there.
Recognizing Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage may be especially important today, when the United States has seen a rise in violence against Asian Americans.
The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA)
The Asian Real Estate Association of America (AREAA) represents a large network of real estate professionals. It has grown to more than 17,000 members and 41 chapters across the United States and Canada, including the Illinois chapter in Greater Chicago. AREAA releases an annual State of Asia America report as a resource for industry professionals and decision makers, including Illinois REALTORS® members.
Illinois REALTORS® Diversity & Inclusion Initiatives
Illinois REALTORS® recognizes the industry and its clients thrive when it is welcoming, inclusive and encouraging diversity in the real estate industry. To that end, the Diversity & Inclusion Initiative was launched in 2020 to provide tangible resources to members across the state to diversify their businesses and markets. All of its D&I resources are available online, some highlights include:
- Illinois Real Estate Educational Foundation (REEF) Minority Scholarship
- Diversity and Inclusion Training Grants for Brokerages
- Teaching/Educational Videos and Interactive Tools
- Book Club Recommendations
Editors Note: Celebrate Our Heritage This Year to Keep Us United, Strong and Resilient
It is the heritage of EVERY one of us that makes our nation great. This year, Illinois REALTORS® will celebrate heritage months through an interesting perspective, highlighting our industry partners, to help unite us, make us stronger and more resilient.
In May, Illinois REALTORS® celebrates Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by honoring past, present and future Asian American and Pacific Islander leaders.
Each month, please review our information on the Illinois REALTORS® website, blog and social channels. Then share with us, either in writing or through a video, historical facts and/or stories of prominent historical REALTORS® figures that we may have missed. Or your thoughts on the coming heritage months.