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CELEBRATE ASIAN/PACIFIC AMERICAN HERITAGE MONTH
“May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).”
In 1977 Representative Frank Horton of New York and Norman Mineta of California introduced a House resolution to proclaim the first 10 days of May as Asian/Pacific Heritage week. A similar bill by Senators Spark Matsunaga and Daniel Inouye was introduced to the Senate.
In 1978 Asian/Pacific Heritage week was declared an annual celebration. In 1990, May was proclaimed Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. The month of May is significant because this was the month when the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States in 1843.