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Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Native Hawaiian & Other Pacific Islander Family.

In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869. In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a monthlong celebration.1

Fifty years ago, the United States opened new doors of opportunity to more Asian and Pacific Islander immigrants through the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, which brought new Vietnamese, Cambodian, Hmong, and Laotian communities to this country.2 2 Asian American Girls.

During Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, we honor the perseverance of those who courageously reached for their hopes and dreams in a new land, and we celebrate the important impact the AAPI community has made on our Nation's progress.2

This year's Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month theme is “ Many Cultures, One Voice: Promote Equality and Inclusion". Through the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, there is work to improve the quality of life and opportunities for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by facilitating increased access to and participation in federal programs where they remain underserved.

1 U.S. Census Bureau Facts for Features Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, May 2015

2 White House Presidential Proclamation Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, May 2015


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