Happy Asian American & Pacific Islander Month

Submitted by Ja'Dell Webster Intern at IDEA2 Office
May 03, 2021 - 2:20 pm
Asian American and Asian Pacific Islander Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month is observed annually in May to celebrate the contributions that AAPIs have made to American history, society, and culture in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

The month of May was selected for two reasons: First, to commemorate the arrival of the first known Japanese immigrant to the U.S. on May 7, 1843; secondly, to honor the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, which upwards of 20,000 Chinese workers helped to construct. The month pays tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched the United State’s history and are instrumental in its future success.