ASIAN AMERICANS AND PACIFIC ISLANDERS IN HISTORY
Every year, May is designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander History Month by Presidential proclamation. The month is set aside to honor Asian American's and Pacific Islander's contributions to American history and culture.
The Origins of AAPI Month
AAPI History Month (formerly known as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month) began because of the advocacy and efforts of Jeanie Jew, a former congressional staffer. Jeanie Jew first approached Representative Frank Horton with the idea in the late 1970s, following the United States bicentennial celebrations. In 1978 a joint resolution was signed by Jimmy Carter for the creation of Asian-Pacific American Week, which was later expanded to the Asian Pacific Heritage Month in 1990 by President George H.W. Bush. This final expansion was approved two years later. Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month is held in the month of May to commemorate the first Japanese American to arrive on May 7, 1843, as well as to commemorate the final spike of the Transcontinental Railroad being driven on May 10, 1869.
NOTABLE PEOPLE IN AAPI HISTORY