May is Asian Pacific Heritage Month: Find an Event Near You

Students performing in the 2010 Washington DC Asian Heritage Festival, by Mr. T in DC / Flickr


The month of May has been designated by Congress as a time to remember the contributions of Asian Pacific Islanders in the United States. In 1977, Congress approved Asian-Pacific Heritage week, which in 1992 was expanded into a full month. 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.

To help share this legacy with the next generation, there are many family-friendly events taking place in cities around the nation. Here are some of the highlights:


Asian Cultural Show

Saturday, May 5, 2012


Chinatown Square

more information at Asian Mommy


San Francisco

Taiwanese American Cultural Festival

Saturday, May 12, 2012


Union Square

Asian Heritage Street Celebration

Saturday, May 19, 2012


Larkin Street, between Grove and Ellis


Washington D.C.

Smithsonian APA Heritage Month Family Day

Sunday, May 6, 2012


National Portrait Gallery


New York

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Celebration

Saturday, May 12, 2012


Charles B. Wang Center

SUNY Stonybrook


If you know of other events in your community, leave a message in the comments and help spread the word.

Check back next week for more ways to share Asian American History with your family!


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