May has been recognized by the U.S. as Asian American Pacific Islander Month since 1992. In 2022, the City of Columbia also proclaimed May to be Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This is a chance to celebrate the history of the AAPI people and honor the culture and community that they foster in Columbia SC. Several of our Columbia SC Ambassadors are part of this community and they’re sharing some of their thoughts and favorite AAPI businesses from around the capital city.

Meet our Ambassadors

Living in Columbia


I want visitors and locals to celebrate each other’s differences and know that it's those things that inspire travel, experiment with cooking, what we wear, how we treat one another. A beautiful way I celebrate my culture is by practicing henna art, knowing it will spark a conversation where I'm able to share a little bit about me and my family.


I am a Vietnamese and Chinese American who has split her time both in the North + Southern United States. I grew up enjoying my parents cooking pho, making spring rolls and banh mi, or eating steamed buns! Pho Viet is a little bit of home cooking for me— with dishes that rival even my mother’s! Be sure to check out their pho, spring rolls or any of the bubble teas to get your Viet fix. 

AAPI Businesses


Some of my favorites are Dukes Pad Thai, FIT Columbia, 929 Kitchen, Two Gingers, Bombay Palace, and 831 Minhle


I’ve enjoyed getting to know so many local AAPI business owners here in Columbia. Some of my favorites include Fit Columbia, Canvas Nails, MyKim Collection, The Corner Blend, Kao Thai, Freshe Poké, Bodhi Thai, Pho Viet, 929 Kitchen


I buy my ingredients from Hyundai Asian grocery on Decker Blvd

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