May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month

Did You Know that May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month?

Like the celebratory months of other ethnic American groups, we acknowledge and celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month in the month of May.

Asian Pacific Heritage Month started in 1977 when Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga, along with Representatives Frank Horton and Norman Mineta approached President Jimmy Carter with a proposal to declare the first ten days of May as Asian Pacific Heritage Week. They chose May because it was the month when the first wave of Japanese immigrants came to the United States on May 7, 1843. It became an annual event in 1978, and in 1990, it was extended to the entire month of May.

Today, we celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month to “recognize, appreciate, and celebrate the vibrant and diverse culture of Asian Americans.”

Check out this awesome video put together by the Asia Society that gives notable Asian Americans the chance to share what being Asian American means to them.
Features Sandra Oh, George Takei, and DJ Steve Aoki among others.

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Sources: Asian Nation, Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month