Celebrating Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, and, as with Black History Month, we’re marking the occasion by celebrating the many unique and diverse people who make up the communities we serve. We asked our employees around the country to share who inspires and influences them the most as they commemorate this month. Their responses highlight the many extraordinary people who remind us what this heritage month is all about.
“Ann Curry’s determination to overcome obstacles inspires me. She shows that if you get knocked down, you get back up and stay true to your passion and keep pressing on.”

“Lisa Ling is never afraid to get involved and she speaks out for the underdog. That inspires me.”

“Hayao Miyazaki is a master storyteller. His animation is breathtaking and his stories all have a strong message of hope, tolerance and the importance of family structure.”

“I’m inspired by fashion designer Phillip Lim. He started as a salesperson but followed his love for fashion and has created his own design company. Persevere and dreams do come true.”

“I’m inspired by author Amy Tan because her writings are some of the most influential of her generation.”

“In addition to his martial arts talent, I am inspired by Bruce Lee because he promoted a lifestyle of inner peace.”

“My mom inspires me, because she has taught me all of life’s lessons. She is the strongest woman I know!”

To see even more of our employees and their inspirations, follow your favorite Nordstrom store Facebook page, where we’ll be sharing more photos just like these throughout Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.