May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

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Celebrate! Where Asia Meets America


The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.” President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution for the celebration on October 5, 1978.

Pay tribute to the generations of Asian Pacific and Asian Americans of all ethnicities and languages by coming together to celebrate their heritage through activities such as dancing, sharing traditional meals, observing and appreciating their rich history. Many more diverse beliefs and practices come with the already diversified Asian American community, with many different religions, traditions, and practices.

Can’t get to any of the events?  Follow AAPI Heritage Month on Twitter.  Also, click here for more information.

The “Celebrate! Where Asia Meets America” portal provides a wealth of digital resources related to Asia and the Asian American experience across the Smithsonian Institution.

Calendar of events here.