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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).

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.

(AsianPacificHeritage.gov, 2021)

Read & Watch

Forever Chinatown
The Fight for Asian American Civil Rights
Muncie, India(na)
Writing the Ghetto
To Be Takei
Kumu Hina: The True Meaning of Aloha
Exiled
Meet the Patels
Na Kua'aina
PBS: The Chinese Exclusion Act
Asian American Studies Now: A Reader
Empire in Waves
A Village Called Versailles
Who Owns the Crown Lands of Hawai'i?
American Inquisition: the hunt for Japanese American disloyalty in World War II

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