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May is Asian and Pacific Islander Month

Updated: Jul 3, 2020

In June of 1977,Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage week. Later, In 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed a bill passed by Congress to extend the week-long celebration to a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law. The significance of May being the month of Asian and Pacific Islander American Heritage month is to mark the arrival of the Japanese on May 7th, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10th 1869. 

There are parades every year to celebrate and immerse in Asian cultures, but this year due to the pandemic there are virtual events:

Virtual Events for Asian Pacific Islander American Heritage Month:

National Park Service:The Department of the Interior has posted a variety of online resources about the event in May at, including a history of New York City’s Chinatown in Manhattan.

The Asia Society:The educational organization’s New York location at 725 Park Ave. may be closed due to the coronavirus outbreak, but it is offering a series of online events in May.

Wednesday, May 27, 2020:Virtual Book Club with author Cathy Park on “Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning” focused on an exploration of Asian American consciousness and the struggle to be human. Click for more information »

Live painting session with @fiyab0mb

Join Asian American artist Olivia Nguyen, otherwise known as @fiyab0mb, and AAC for an afternoon of art & a discussion.


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