Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

What is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month?
Quick Facts about Asian Pacific Americans
Online resources
How to find books in our collection about Asian Pacific Americans
Books
How to find out about area events



What is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month?

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month originated in 1978 as a 10-day celebration in May. The dates were chosen to commemorate the 1843 arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in the U. S. and the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush expanded the celebration to all of May and Congress passed it into law in 1992.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the term Asian refers to any person having origins in any of the original peoples of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent including, for example, Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, the Philippine Islands, Thailand, and Vietnam. The term Pacific, or Pacific Islander, refers any person having origins in any of the original peoples of Hawaii, Guam, Samoa, or other Pacific Islands.

Source:
U. S. Census Bureau and the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association


Quick Facts about Asian Pacific Americans

Sources:
"Facts for Features, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: May 2003" U.S. Census Bureau http://www.census.gov/Press-Release/www/2003/cb03-ff05.html.
"Race" U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 Census of Population, Public Law 94-171 Redistricting Data File. Updated every 10 years. http://www.fedstats.gov/qf/meta/long_68181.htm.


Online Resources

Use the links below to find more information about Asian Pacific Americans and their culture.


How to find books in our collection about Asian Pacific Americans

Subject headings are assigned to each book based upon its content. The following terms are suggested for use in locating items about Asian Pacific Americans in the World Center Library's catalog: Remember to always us the asterisk (*) in order to locate the most results. For example, using News* would locate all items with the terms Newsmen, Newspaper, etc.


Books

Although not in our collection, the books listed below may of interest for learning more about Asian Pacific Americans.


How to find out about area events

Use the resources below to help you to find events in the D.C. Metropolitan area.