Did you know that May is Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month—a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States? Much like Black History and Women’s History celebrations, APA Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill.
- In June 1977, Representatives Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian/Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed.
- On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration.
- In May 1990, the holiday was expanded further when President George H. W. Bush designated May to be Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 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.
This year’s theme is “Lighting the Past, Present, and Future.” Here are some great books from the First Book Marketplace for your APA Heritage Month events. Order today! Orders are shipped weekly. Complete your order by Tuesday and your books will ship the following Tuesday. So, if you order by Tuesday, May 11th, your books will ship by Tuesday May 18th and arrive via FedEx or UPS Ground 2-5 business days later.
Yoko’s Paper Cranes
The Year of the Panda
Koyal Dark, Mango Sweet
Chinese Mother Goose Rhymes