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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

A Brief History

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a joint congressional resolution and the first Asian Pacific American Heritage Week was celebrated in May 1979. May was selected for this celebration because it coincided with two important milestones in Asian Pacific American history: Japanese immigrants first arrived in the United States on May 7, 1843, and the transcontinental railroad was completed on May 10, 1869. In 1992, Asian Pacific American Heritage Week was expanded to a month-long recognition when President George Bush signed Public Law 102-450, which permanently designating May of each year as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) as a way to honor the achievements of Asian Pacific Americans and to recognize their contributions to the United States. The law was unanimously supported by both the House of Representatives and the Senate.

Mission

The mission of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) is to educate and activate the Dartmouth community around Asian Pacific American cultures, histories, and identities.

 

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Last Updated: 5/1/13