Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
What is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month?
Quick Facts about Asian Pacific Americans
How to find books in our collection about Asian Pacific Americans
How to find out about area events
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.
U. S. Census Bureau and the Asian Pacific American Heritage Association
- 12.5 million
Estimated number of U.S. residents as of July 1, 2001, who say they are Asian or Asian in combination with one or more other races. This group comprises 4.4 percent of the total population.
Estimated number of U.S. residents as of July 1, 2001, who say they are native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander or native Hawaiian and other Pacific islander in combination with one or more other races. This group comprises 0.3 percent of the total population.
- 7.0 million
The number of people who speak an Asian or Pacific island language at home. Of this number, 5.4 million speak English "well" or "very well." The most commonly spoken Asian or Pacific island languages are Chinese (2.0 million speakers), Tagalog (1.2 million), Vietnamese (1.0 million) and Korean (894,000).
"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.
Use the links below to find more information about Asian Pacific Americans and their culture.
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.
- To find items about Asian Americans, use Asian American*.
- To find items about Pacific Islanders, use Pacific Islander*.
- To find items that discuss multiple minority races or ethnic groups, use Minorit*
- To find items about a specific Asian American or Pacific Islander group, use the adjective form of the country name with American* after it. For example, Korean American* or Japanese American*.
Although not in our collection, the books listed below may of interest for learning more about Asian Pacific Americans.
- The Asian Pacific American Heritage: A Companion to Literature and Arts
by George Leonard
Garland Publishing, 1998
- Bearing Dreams, Shaping Visions: Asian Pacific American Perspectives
by Linda A. Revilla, Gail M. Nomura, Shawn Wong, Shirley Hune
Washington State Univ Pr, 1994
- Extraordinary Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders
by Susan Sinnott
Children's Press; 2003.
- Issei: Japanese Immigrants in Hawaii
by Yukiko Kimura
University of Hawaii Press, 1992.
- Cane Fires: The Anti-Japanese Movement in Hawaii 1865-1945
by Gary Y. Okihiro
Temple Univ Press, April 1991.
- Faces of the Islands: When Pacific Islander and American Ways Meet
by Willard C. Muller
Lincoln Square Publishing, June 2002.
- And the View from the Shore: Literary Traditions of Hawaii
by Stephen H. Sumida
University of Washington Press, 1991.
- Pacific Diaspora: Island Peoples in the United States and Across the Pacific
by Paul R. Spickard, Joanne Rondilla, Debbie Hippolite Wright
University of Hawaii Press, 2002.
- Eastern Standard Time : A Guide to Asian Influence on American Culture from Astro Boy to Zen Buddhism
by Jeff Yang, Dina Gan, Terry Hong
Mariner Books, 1997.
- Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White
by Frank H. Wu
Basic Books, 2003.
- Farewell to Manzanar: A True Story of Japanese American Experience During and After the World War II Internment
by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, James D. Houston
Bantam Books; Reissue edition, 1983.
- Wherever I Go, I Will Always Be a Loyal American: Seattle's Japanese American Schoolchildren During World War II
by Yoon K. Pak
- The Chinese in America: A Narrative History
by Iris Chang
Viking Press, 2003.
- On Gold Mountain: The One-Hundred-Year Odyssey of My Chinese-American Family
by Lisa See
Vintage Books, 1996.
- Living in America
by Roshni Rustomji-Kerns, Rashmi Sharma
Westview Press, 1995.
- Century of the Tiger: One Hundred Years of Korean Culture in America
by Jenny Ryun Foster, Heinz Insu Fenkl, Frank Stewart
University of Hawaii Press, 2003.
Use the resources below to help you to find events in the D.C. Metropolitan area.