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 United States 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.

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

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Updated 4/12/2004