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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

by Julene Derolus
Posted May 4, 2021

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. This month provides an opportunity to learn about and celebrate AAPI culture and history, as well as recognize the numerous ways the AAPI community has contributed to making the world a better place. At the same time, the current moment requires us to acknowledge the horrific ways in which the AAPI community has been targeted by violence and racism over the course of COVID-19 (and throughout our history), and stand with the demand to Stop Asian Hate.

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month became a permanent annual celebration in 1992, and was made possible by two women, Jeanie Jew and Ruby Moy. The month of May holds significance for two reasons: to commemorate the arrival of the first known Japanese immigrant to the U.S. in 1843, and to honor the 20,000 Chinese workers who played a large role in building the transcontinental railroad which was completed in May of 1869.

Please find resources below to celebrate and learn more about AAPI history and culture.

 

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