Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Why We Celebrate in May #AsianPacificAmericanHeritageMonth #APAHM #AAPIHM
Check out this piece from Good Housekeeping for some information on this important month-long celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage, specifically why we celebrate in the month of May.
The month of May marks two particularly significant events for AAPI community in the United States. On May 7, 1843, the first Japanese immigrant — a 14-year-old boy named Manjiro — arrived in America, and on May 10, 1869, the transcontinental railroad, which roughly 20,000 Chinese immigrants worked on, was completed.
More than 100 hundred years later in 1979, President Jimmy Carter signed the first presidential proclamation for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. In 1992, Congress passed an amendment that called on the people of the U.S. to observe Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month with “appropriate ceremonies, programs and activities.”
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