May 1 begins Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.
AAPI Heritage recognition in the United States first started in the 1970s with a week of celebrations which eventually extended to a month in 1992 when Congress passed a law that designated the entire month of May for this commemoration. This annual celebration recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. 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. Today, the AAPI community is a growing and diverse population at 22.9 million, comprising about 7% of the total U.S. population.
The AAPI Caucus welcomes all to join in on our conversations and events for the month of May. We also encourage everyone to explore the additional resources we have provided here.
Books by AAPI Authors
Resources for Reporting Hate Incidents
AAPI communities include all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands, including:
- Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands)
- Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, and the Federated States of Micronesia)
- Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island).