May is rich in reasons to rejoice, including Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month – an annual tribute to the many cultural and historical contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders to the diverse tapestry of the United States. In common with the other commemorative months, the yearly celebration originated in Congress. In 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450, which designated May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The month of May was specifically chosen because it coincides with two historic events: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843; and, the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869, a feat largely achieved through the back breaking labor of 20,000 Chinese immigrants. The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) announced that the theme for the May 2023 observance is “Advancing Leaders Through Opportunity.” Click here to learn more about FAPAC and the annual theme; click here to learn more about the history of the celebration; and click on the book jackets below to be taken to links in our catalog.
“To live an ethical life is to be held accountable for history.” Cathy Park Hong
“No one is truly equal and free until everyone is equal and free.” Helen Zia
"Success is a collection of problems solved." I. M. Pei
“Don’t ever think that just because you do things differently, you’re wrong.” Gail Tsukiyama
Last Modified September 22, 2023