Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is a period for recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants 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.

Learn more:

  • Insight Into Diversity has highlighted six celebrated authors who convey AAPI experiences through the power of fiction, poetry, and essay.
  • The Asia Society’s blog post, 31 Ways to Celebrate APAH Month, includes live webcast discussions, in-person art tours, and other content available on-demand.