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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Commemorating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Commemorating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Each year May is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander American Heritage Month to celebrate and honor the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). Congress passed Public Law 102-450 in 1992 to designate May as AAPI Heritage Month after it was first introduced in 1977 by U.S. Representative Frank Horton to honor the first 10 days in May as AAPI Heritage Week.
 
Since then, several different resolutions were passed in the House and Senate before the language was amended to designate the whole month of May as AAPI Heritage Month. According to the Library of Congress, “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.”
 
This year is more important than ever for us to honor the contributions, history, and legacies of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders because of the recent upticks of hate crimes against Asian Americans. We hope that you will take some time this month to hold space for your Asian American families, students, and staff to honor and celebrate them while learning about their history and culture. Even if your school does not have a significant amount of Asian American students or staff, we hope that you will take some time to learn about Asian Americans and their numerous contributions to our history and our current society.
 
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