Celebrating AAPI Heritage Month

For Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month, we’re sharing articles by and about Asian American Buddhists from our archives.

Mihiri Tillakaratne2 May 2023

May is Asian American and Asian Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month!

Every week this month, Lion’s Roar will highlight several articles by or about Asian American Buddhists from our archives. Each week’s articles will focus on a different theme, curated by Associate Editor Mihiri Tillakaratne.

We hope you enjoy exploring the complexity, struggles, and joys of the Asian American Buddhist experience!

Here are some examples of the stories we will share in the weeks to come:

Mihiri Tillakaratne

Mihiri Tillakaratne

Mihiri Tillakaratne (she/her) is an associate editor at Lion’s Roar. She has a PhD in Ethnic Studies and Gender, Women, and Sexuality (UC Berkeley), a M.A. in Ethnic Studies (UC Berkeley), and a M.A. in Asian American Studies (UCLA). She learned Pali and studied Sinhala Buddhist nationalism in post-independence Sri Lanka at Harvard. Mihiri is the director of I Take Refuge, a documentary on Sri Lankan American Buddhist identity, and the founder of Sri Lankan Americans for Social Justice.