Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month 2017

For the past forty years the nation has celebrated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. May is the month chosen by Congress because it commemorates the first Japanese immigrants to the U.S. (1843) as well as the completion of the transcontinental railroad, laid primarily by Chinese immigrants.  Over the years the term “Asian/Pacific” has come to mean all Americans of Asian descent.

The details and much more about Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month are posted on Wikipedia – a useful introduction to the history of the designation and available resources – which is what Wikipedia does for us:  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_Pacific_American_Heritage_Month

More important, the topic inspires creative agencies to remind us of the immense wealth of resources that they collect and share to expand our understanding of the traditions, the history, the art of Asian Paciic people.   Just a very few examples:

The Smithsonian:.


National Park Service


PBS – partial list  http://worldchannel.org/programs/collection/asian-pacific-american-month/

I also enjoyed this HuffPost piece on a unique way of commemorating the month:


Of the many options, my personal favorite is this beautiful gift sponsored by the Academy of American Poets:  https://www.poets.org/poetsorg/asianpacific-american-heritage-month

It’s late in the month or this list would be much longer!  It’s just a starting point.

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