Did You Know


Educate yourself, your children, and others on Asian American History!

  • See if there are any local events in your neighborhood and participate!
  • Visit an Asian American temple
  • Tell a non Asian its Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and explain what it means to you
  • Talk with an Asian American immigrant, perhaps an Asian restaurant owner, about their experiences as an Asian immigrant
  • Discuss with someone how you think Asian Americans are portrayed
  • Ask your children's teachers if they would include a lesson about Chinese/Asian American history in the classroom
  • The Smithsonian already has some great resources:      http://www.smithsonianeducation.org/educators/resource_library/asian_american_resources.html
  • Check out the US government's dedicated webpage: http://asianpacificheritage.gov/

The photos below were curated by Lisa Gibson for this homepage: click the photos for full size, click the captions for more details from the Library of Congress. 

Direct from Wikipedia, here's the history of how the United States came to recognize May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

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 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] [6]  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.;[7] [8] [9]  May would be officially designated as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month two years later.[5] [10] [11] [12]  On May 1, 2009 President Obama issued Presidential Proclamation which recalls the challenges faced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and celebrates their great and significant contributions to our society.[13] 

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