May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Designated by Congress in 1992, 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. It is celebrated annually to  celebrate the contributions that generations of AAPIs have made to American history, society, and culture.

Learn more:

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Federated Asian Pacific American Council

Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center

Who is Making Asian American Pacific Islander History in 2021?

Celebrate:

8 Ways to Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month With Kids

NASA Celebrates Asian American, Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Recipes to Celebrate AAPI Heritage Month

 

Listen to a Podcasts:

Asian Enough

Self Evident: Asian America’s Stories

 

Suggested reading:

From NPR – Engaging With Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage Month

At the Stratford Library – Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Reading List

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Tuesday & Wednesday 1-8