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.
Listen to a Podcasts:
At the Stratford Library – Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Reading List