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 May is finally here, and the warmer temperatures of spring are slowly arriving with the change of the calendar. Here in the Library, we are observing Asian & Pacific Islander American Heritage Month. This broad group comprises the entire continent of Asia and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia. 

Asian / Pacific American Heritage Month became law in 1978 when President Jimmy Carter signed it into public law as Asian / Pacific American Heritage Week. It was first observed in May 1979, and it took 12 years before it was decided to expand the observance. The first month-long observance was in 1990 and was signed into law in 1992. 

May was chosen as the month-long observance to commemorate the first Japanese immigration to the U. S. in May 1843 and mark the anniversary of the transcontinental railroad's completion on May 10, 1869.

Learn more about Asian & Pacific American Heritage Month by checking out the books available in the Library.



Source: Library of Congress, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month