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Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month

Resources for recognizing Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month 2021

A Brief History

In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transatlantic railroad on May 10, 1869. Many of the workers who laid tracks were Chinese immigrants. Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

Congress expanded the observance to a monthlong celebration in 1992.