Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
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APAHM mine
Observed by United States
Date May
Frequency Annual
Staff Sgt. Kaimi Kawai, an information management specialist, 24th Detachment, 1101st U.S. Army Hawaii Garrison Support Unit, attempts to perform a hula dance with dancers from the Dizanne Productions dance company during an Asian-Pacific American Heritage month celebration.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), now officially proclaimed Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month,[1] takes place in May. It celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.


In June 1977 Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a United States House of Representatives resolution to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week.[2][3][4] A similar bill was introduced in the Senate a month later by Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga.[2] "The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants."[2][5][6] President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution for the celebration on October 5, 1978.[2]

House Resolution 540

"A joint resolution authorizing the President to proclaim annually a week during the first 10 days in May as Pacific/Asian American Heritage Week." This resolution as well as Senate Joint Resolution 72 did not pass through however, did lead to the passing of Rep. Horton's House Joint Resolution 1007 which passed through both the House and the Senate and ultimately signed by President Jimmy Carter on October 5, 1978 to become Public Law 95-419. In 1990, George H.W. Bush signed a bill passed by Congress to extend Asian-American Heritage Week to a month;[7][8][9] May was officially designated as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month two years later.[5][10][11][12] On May 1, 2009 President Obama issued a Presidential Proclamation which recalls the challenges faced by Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and celebrates their great and significant contributions to our society.[13]

Role in War

Medal of Honor Recipients

Philippine-American War

José B. Nísperos, PVT


Telesforo de la Crux Trinidad, Fireman 2nd Class (only Medal of Honor issued in peacetime).

World War II

Jose Calugas, SR, CPT Rudolph B. Davila, SSG Barney Fushimi Hajiro, PVT Mikio Hasemoto, PVT Joe J. Hayashi, SGT Shizuya Hayashi, PVT Daniel K. Inouye, 2LT Yeiki Kobashigawa, TSGT Robert T. Kuroda, SSG Kaoru Moto, PFC Sadao S. Munemori, PFC Kiyoshi k. Muranaga, PFC Masato Nakae, PVT Shinyei Nakamine, PVT William Kanzo Nakamura, PFC Joe M. Nishimoto, PFC Allan Masaharu Ohata, SGT James K. Okubo, TSGT Yukio Okutsu, TSGT Frank H. Ono, PFC Kazuo Otani, SSG George Taro "Joe" Sakato, PVT Ted "Tak" Tanouye, SGT Francis Brown Wai, CPT

Korean War

Hiroshi "Hershey" Miyamura, SSG Leroy A. Mendonca, SGT (youngest MOH recipient) Herbert K. Pilila'au, PFC Anthony T. Kaho'ohanohano, PFC

Vietnam War

Terry Teruo Kawamura, CPL Elmelindo Rodrigues Smith, SFC Rodney Jamus Takahashi Yano, SFC

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus

Co-Founded by Norman Y. Mineta on May 16, 1994, the caucus is made up of members of Congress from Asian and Pacific Islander descent or are advocates dedicated to the community, striving to promote well-being.


"To ensure that legislation passed by the United States Congress, to the greatest extent possible, provides for the full participation of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and reflects the concerns and needs of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities;

To educate other Members of Congress about the history, contributions and concerns of Asian American and Pacific Islanders;

To work with other Members and Caucuses to protect and advance the civil and constitutional rights of all Americans;

To establish policies on legislation and issues relating to persons of Asian and/or Pacific Islands ancestry who are citizens or nationals of, residents of, or immigrants to, the United States, its territories and possessions; and

To provide a structure to coordinate the efforts, and enhance the ability, of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Members of Congress to accomplish those goals."[14]



Asian Pacific and Asian Americans of all ethnicities and languages come together to celebrate their heritage through many activities such as dancing, sharing traditional meals, observing and appreciating their rich history. Many more diverse beliefs and practices come with the already diversified Asian American community, with many different religions, traditions, and practices.


Asian American actors, actresses and celebrities play a major role in the adjusting to the American lifestyle. They start trends that their kinfolk alike begin to follow along like the kanji tattoo sported by former Seattle Mariners, American League Asian of the Year and Most Valuable Player Ichiro Suzuki. Furthermore, actresses like Lucy Liu take on major female roles in movies that send a message of hope and progress in Asian American eyes.


During APAHM, communities celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans with community festivals, government-sponsored activities and educational activities for students.[15]


  • National Queer and Asian Conference,[16] first begun 2007

Northeast and East:

West Coast:

South and Southeast:


  • Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration[31] at the University of Illinois's Urbana-Champaign campus
  • [http:// Asian Festival, Columbus,][32] in Columbus, Ohio, first begun in 1995 grown to be the largest Asian Festival in the Midwest with Fourteen ethnicity participation
  • Cleveland Asian Festival[33] in Cleveland, Ohio, first begun in 2010

Specific nationalities

  • Taiwanese American Cultural Festival[34] in San Francisco, first begun in 1992

See also

Other history months
Heritage months



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  13. ^ "Presidential Proclamation 8369 of May 1, 2009" (PDF).
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  31. ^ "AAPI Heritage Month Celebration | Asian American Cultural Center, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign". Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  32. ^ "2017 Columbus Asian Festival | Dragon Boat, May 21, 2017, Asian Festival 27 May, 10am to 7 pm and 28 May, 10am-6pm on 1755 E Broad Street, Columbus, Ohio, FREE Admission, FREE Parking, Free Health Screenings, Pets with organizer permission". Retrieved 2016-10-26.
  33. ^ "2016 Cleveland Asian Festival | 21–22 May, 11am to 7 pm on Payne Ave. between E. 30th St & E. 27th St, FREE Admission, FREE Parking, No Pets". Retrieved 2016-02-02.
  34. ^ "2014 | Taiwanese American Cultural Festival". Retrieved 2016-02-02.{%22source%22:%22legislation%22,%22search%22:%22hj+res+540%22,%22congress%22:95}

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