May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Pictured: Chicago’s Chinatown

Celebrating People, History, and Accomplishments

May was chosen as the month to celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage to honor the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the United States (May 7, 1843), and the thousands of Chinese immigrants that built the transcontinental railroad (completed May 10, 1869). First observed as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week” in 1979, the celebration was expanded to a month in the 1990s. It was renamed Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in 2009.

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