Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month—a celebration of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

“APA Heritage Month was first established in 1977 when Representatives Frank Horton and Norman Mineta and Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced resolutions asking the President to declare the first ten days of May (the month when the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the U.S. in 1843) as Asian/Pacific Heritage Week. In 1978 President Carter made it an annual event and in 1990, President George H.W. Bush proclaimed the entire month of May to be Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.”

Read more: http://www.asian-nation.org/heritage.shtml#ixzz0ehAQ7McE

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated with community festivals, government-sponsored activities, and educational activities for students. This year’s theme is “Lighting the Past, Present, and Future.”

http://www.infoplease.com/spot/asianhistory1.html

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