Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
File:Flickr - The U.S. Army - West Point Asian Pacific American Observance Celebration.jpg
Observed by United States
Date May
Frequency annual
File:Flickr - The U.S. Army - Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.jpg
Staff Sgt. Kaimi Kawai, an information management specialist, 24th Detachment, 1101st U.S. Army Hawaii Garrison Support Unit, attempts to perform a hula dance with dancers from the Dizanne Productions dance company during an Asian-Pacific American Heritage month celebration.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), now officially proclaimed Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month,[1] takes place in May and is a celebration of the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.


In June 1977 Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a United States House of Representatives resolution to proclaim for the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week.[2][3][4] A similar bill was introduced in the Senate a month later by Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga.[2] "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 transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants."[2][5] President Jimmy Carter would sign a joint resolution for the celebration on October 5, 1978.[2]

In 1990, George H.W. Bush signed a bill passed by Congress to extend Asian-American Heritage Week to a month.;[2][6][7] May would be officially designated as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month two years later.[5][8][9]


During APAHM, communities celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans with community festivals, government-sponsored activities and educational activities for students.


  • National Queer and Asian Conference,[10] first begun 2007

Northeast and East:

West Coast:

South and Southeast:


Specific Nationalities

See also


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  3. "Joint Resolution: Authorizing and requesting the President to proclaim the 7-day period beginning on May 4, 1979 as "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week"" (PDF). Library of Congress. 5 October 1978. Retrieved 18 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Pub.L. 95–419
  5. 5.0 5.1 Pub.L. 102–450
  6. Pub.L. 101–283
  7. "Joint Resolution: To designate May 1991 and May 1992 as "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month"" (PDF). Library of Congress. 14 May 1991. Retrieved 18 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month". Law Library of Congress. Archived from the original on 6 October 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-07. Unknown parameter |deadurl= ignored (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. "An Act: To designate May of each year as"Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month"" (PDF). Library of Congress. 23 October 1992. Retrieved 18 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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