Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a month-long observance in the United States that takes place every May. It is a time to celebrate and honor the contributions and achievements of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in various fields, including culture, history, science, politics, and the arts.
The celebration was first established in 1978 as a week-long event in the United States, but it was later expanded to a month-long observance in 1992. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad, which was largely built by Chinese immigrants, on May 10, 1869.
Throughout the month, various events, festivals, and activities are held to recognize and celebrate the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to American society. These events aim to promote cultural understanding and awareness, celebrate diversity, and foster a greater appreciation for the richness and diversity of the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities.