Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) is celebrated in May to commemorate the contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May. This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869. Congress later voted to expand it from a week long to a month long celebration.


During APAHM, communities celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans with community festivals, government-sponsored activities and educational activities for students.

*"Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans Asian: Pacific American Heritage Festival': First weekend in May, New York, New York

*"VC FILMFEST": The Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, May 3 – May 10, Los Angeles, California

*"Asian Pacific Islander Festival", May 6, Seattle, Washington

*"The 2007 Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival Presented by CAPA", May 6, 12pm – 6pm, Union Square Park, New York, New York

*"Silk Screen Asian American Film Festival", May 9-18, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

*"Asian Awareness Month", May 9, 11am - 4pm, Florida State University - Union Ballroom, Tallahassee, Florida

*"National Asian Heritage Festival – Fiesta Asia", May 12, 10:30am – 5:30pm, Washington D.C.

*"Asian Week Asian Heritage Street Celebration", May 19, 11am – 6pm, San Francisco, California

*"2007 Asian Festival", May 19, 11am – 5pm, Dallas, Texas

*"2008 Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival" presented by the Oakland Asian Cultural Center, May 31, 8pm – 11pm, Oakland, California

ee also

*Asian American
*Asian-Pacific American
*Pacific Islander
*List of commemorative days

External links

* [ "ASIAN PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH IPTV SERIES" "8ight degrees"] produced by SuncasTV and ENERI Communications
* [ "Celebrate APA Heritage Month"] at
* [ 2006 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Proclamation] by President George W. Bush
* [ A|P|A Histories] at the Asian Pacific American History Collective
* [ Asian Pacific American Heritage Festival] in New York City organized by the Coalition of Asian Pacific Americans
* [ Asian Pacific Americans in the U.S. Army] by ARMY.MIL
* [ Asian Pacific American Heritage Month] at
* [ Asian Pacific American Heritage Month] at the Center for Asian American Media
* [ "Asian Pacific American Heritage Association"] Organization in Houston, TX that plans APA Heritage Month Events and More
* [ "Ten Good Things to Do for APA Heritage Month"] Suggestions for raising awareness
* [ "National Asian Heritage Festival-Fiesta Asia"] in the Nation's Capital, Washington D.C. organized by Asia Heritage Foundation
* [ "Asian Coalition of Tallahassee"] Tallahassee, Florida

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