May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!! #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth #APAHM
Asian American and Pacific Islander Month honors the history, contributions and representation of this diverse group of Americans. All during the month of May you can find new posts on the Adafruit Blog that celebrate #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth. Be sure to check back every weekday in May!!
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
This site presents only a sample of the digital and physical holdings related to Asian/Pacific heritage available from the Library of Congress and other participating agencies.
API Heritage Month is celebrated in May to commemorate the achievements and contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. In 1978, Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution to celebrate Asian American Heritage Week during the first 10 days of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries fall during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in the United States on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad by many Chinese laborers on May 10, 1869.
In 1990, President George H. W. Bush and Congress voted to expand the celebration, and since 1992, May has been designated as API Heritage Month.
In addition to celebrating API Heritage Month, several API/Health student groups have partnered up to launch a series of workshops in honor of API Health Awareness Month this May. These events aim to spread awareness on important, unspoken-of health issues and to create a space for students to participate in discussions on prevalent helath issues in the API community.
Many Institutions have events scheduled through the month, check with your local cultural centers to see if there are any events near you!
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
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