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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Proud to stand together and be part of the foundation of our country. Celebrating the AAPI month.

A montage of AAPI heritage celebration images

The first celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage was made on the week beginning on May 4, 1979, when President Jimmy Carter signed Proclamation 4650 to commemorate the contributions and accomplishments of Asian/Pacific Americans. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush. extended the week-long celebration to the month-long celebration. May was designated to be Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. 

Serving Since the Birth of the Nation

American Dreams - AAPI Stories

Nakahama Manjiro

Nakahama Manjiro

The first documented Asian American who sailed to New Bedford harbor under Captain William Whitfield in 1843. 

 

Bhagat Singh Thind

Bhagat Singh Thind

Author and lecturer who served in the US Army during WWI. His case of naturalization reflects how America begins to understand citizenship.

transcontinental railroad

Transcontinental Railroad

Eleven thousands Chinese workers helped build the Transcontinental Railroad in the middle of the 19th century.   

Mamie Tape

Mamie Tape

An eight-year-old girl who helped desegregate American schools.

 

 

Susan Ahn Cuddy

Susan Ahn Cuddy

As the first female gunnery office in the US. Navy, Lieutenant Cuddy enriched the Asian American woman identity. 

 

 

Duke Kahanamoku

Duke Kahanamoku

Olympic medal winner, the extraordinary surfer Duke was considered the father of modern surfing. 

 

 

Gee and Ichioka

Gee and Ichioka

Gee and Ichioka first coined the term "Asian American" in 1968. 

 

 

Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee

Martial artist who was credited for introducing the western world modern mixed martial art through American films.  

Kristi Yamaguchi

Kristi Yamaguchi

World champion and Olympic medalist in figure skating, Yamaguchi was a third-generation descendant of Japanese immigrants. 

 

Amy Tan

Amy Tan

Through a plethora of published works, Tan explored the boundaries of American identity and helped bridge the gap between eastern and western cultures.  

Yoyo Ma

Yoyo Ma

American cellist who believes “culture helps us to imagine a better future.” 

 

Kiran Ahuja

Kiran Ahuja

Former Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders shared her story as an immigrant. 

 

Andrew Yang

Andrew Yang

2020 Democratic presidential candidate who is running for New York City mayor in 2021. 

 

Mark Polansky

Mark Polansky

As an American Astronaut, Polansky is one of the many who have made contributions and been making contributions to American Transportation history.

AAPI stem leaders

AAPI Leaders in STEM

Focusing on six AAPI STEM pioneers: Dr. Ted Fujita, Jerry Yang, Reshma Saujani, Satya Nadella, Ellison Onizuka and Chien-Shiung Wu. 

Learn More

"As the nation’s storyteller, the National Park Service strives to tell the stories of ordinary and extraordinary Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders preserved in our nation’s parks, memorials, and historic sites."

Huilua Fishpond, HI.

Downtown Historic District, Washington D.C.

Nan Madol, Pohnpei Island, Federated States of Micronesia,

Rohwer Relocation Center Memorial, AK.

Chinatown & Little Italy, NY.

George Nakashima Woodworker Complex, PA.

Hakone Historic District, CA.

Stedman-Thomas Historic District, AK.

To find more historic site, see Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Places