Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
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Observed by United States
Date May
Duration 1 month
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] is a celebration of the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.


Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week during the first week of May.[2][3] This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on April 11, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869.[4] In 1990 Congress voted to expand it from a week to a month long celebration;[5][6] In May 1992, the month of May was permanently designated as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.”[4][7][8]


During APAHM, communities celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans with community festivals, government-sponsored activities and educational activities for students. Akufuncture hosting a special event in Downtown LA ArtWalk, May 12, 2011. [1]

  • 2010 First Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in Penn State Altoona, April 1- April 30, Altoona, PA
  • The 2007 Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival Presented by CAPA, May 6, Union Square Park, New York, New York

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