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What is APAHM?

Updated: May 28, 2019

APAHM stands for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. According to the U.S. Department of Education, it was first designated by President Carter as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week in 1978. It was then changed from week to month by President Bush in 1992.

APAHM takes place in May and this is a time for many Asian and Pacific Islanders to celebrate and reflect our history in the United States. According to AAPI, Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies, May was chosen to "commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants 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 community strides to increase representation of Asian/ Pacific Islander in variety of forms such as arts, films, literature, and politics.

DID YOU KNOW that there are 15 million Americans in the United States? According to a survey in 2012.

DID YOU KNOW that the first Asians to come to the western hemisphere were Chinese Filipinos who settled in Mexico? Filipino sailors later settled in the U.S. territory of Louisiana around 1750.

DID YOU KNOW that the first female Asian American elected to Congress was Patsy Takemoto Mink, elected in 1964 as a representative from Hawaii?

To find more info and events for APAHM, click here.

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