Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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    May 1-31, 2024

    The roots of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month can be traced back to 1976, when Jeanie Jew, President of the Organization of Chinese American Women, contacted government officials in response to the lack of Asian Pacific representation in the U.S. bicentennial celebrations that same year. The observance began in 1979 as Asian Heritage Week, established by congressional proclamation. In May 1990, the holiday was expanded further when President George Bush signed a proclamation making it month-long for that year. On October 23, 1992, Bush signed legislation designating May of every year Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The month of May was chosen to commemorate two significant events in history: the immigration of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869 (Golden Spike Day). The diversity and common experiences of the many ethnic groups are celebrated during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with numerous community festivals as well as government-sponsored activities.

    Good Housekeeping  suggests these 15 podcasts that give voice to many perspectives from the AAPI community.

    Video Short
    As members of the AAPI community grow in their depth of understanding racial positioning, this video helps articulate that racial journey. However, we wouldn’t be doing justice to the film world if we didn’t mention Everything, Everywhere, All at Once.

    Feature-length Films
    As America becomes more diverse, and more divided while facing unimaginable challenges, how do we move forward together? Told through intimate personal stories, Asian Americans cast a new lens on U.S. history and the ongoing role that Asian Americans have played.

    Did you know that the economic disparity among the more than a dozen Asian ethnicities is the greatest disparity of any US ethnic group? Discover this and more in this article.

    Published to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the passage of the United States' Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965, which has remade our "nation of immigrants", The Making of Asian America: A History is a new and definitive history of Asian Americans. But more than that, it is a new way of understanding America itself, its complicated histories of race and immigration, and its place in the world today.

    ABA Model
    This 21-Day Challenge is a convenient way to learn about different facets of the AAPI community on a daily basis.

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