Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a month to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to American history, society and culture. Asian American and Pacific Islander encompasses individuals of East Asian, South Asian, Southeast Asian, West Asian, Central Asian and Pacific Island backgrounds who represent over forty countries and hundreds of languages.  

The Wheaton Community Relations Commission encourages the community to learn more about Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and to explore some of the local events offered for the community throughout the month. 

History of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Recognized nationally in 1992, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated in the U.S. during the month of May. 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.

Here are other resources to learn more about the history of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: 

 

Other Resources

Here are links to the 4 part “Talking About Race” panel series courtesy of DEI200 and Wheaton Public Library.  This series explores a range of topics around Race and features local residents sharing their perspectives and experiences.

Books About Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In addition to the various WPL events, the Wheaton Public Library also has multiple books for residents to view and learn about various events and topics surrounding Asian American and Pacific Islander Month. Visit the Wheaton Public Library's website to view the library's online catalog.