Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

May celebrates Asians and Pacific Islanders (encompassing all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia).

This heritage month originated with congress through a resolution in 1979 that designated a week in May as "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week." This week, beginning May 4, 1979, would be designated annually as "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week" for the next ten years. In 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450, annually designating May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the U.S., and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, the majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.  

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Feature Stories

Dismantling Stereotypes About Asian-American Identity Through Art
Huffington Post, April 20, 2017

HBO Marks Asian Pacific Heritage Month With Winning Short
Hollywood Reporter, May 1, 2017

Navy Celebrates National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
U.S. Department of Defense, May 1, 2017


Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration
Seattle Center Festál presents Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month Celebration, Sunday, May 7. Explore and experience the cultural roots of the Asian-Pacific Islands through live performances, visual arts, hands-on activities, foods, games, and a lively marketplace. The festival launches Asian-Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Seattle with spectacular lion dances, youth drill teams, drumming, martial arts, and artists from around the state.

Film Screening: Who Killed Vincent Chin?
Wing Luke Museum is hosting a screening of this Academy Award-nominated documentary on Saturday May 13, 1:30–3:30p.m. Filmmaker Renee Tajima-Pena will be present, and a panel discussion will follow.

UW Night Market 2017
Join the Taiwanese Student Association at University of Washington at the Red Square at UW on Saturday, May 13, 5:30–10:30 p.m., for delicious food, live music, and classic Taiwanese festival games.


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