Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated annually in the United States during the month of May. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution proclaiming the first 10 days in May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. In 1990, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month long recognition. In 1992, the month of May was officially designated as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month by law.
Watch this brief video on Asian American history
May was chosen because it commemorates the immigration of the first Japenese to the United States in 1843. May also marks the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869 which was work performed by mostly Chinese immigrants.
If you get a chance, try and visit the Museum of Chinese in America. The museum presents the history, heritage, culture and diverse experiences of people of Chinese descent in the United States. Very interesting!
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week is May 1 through May 10.