1 May 2023
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebration of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. during the month of May. It recognizes the contributions that Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans have made to the United States' history, culture, and accomplishments.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month originally began as a weeklong celebration with a bill that was passed and signed by Jimmy Carter in May 1979, known as Asian American/Pacific American Heritage Week. However, after several amendments to the bill, the observance was expanded to a month in 1990 and the month long observance was made official in 1992.
What Countries are Included in Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage?
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage includes Americans who come from the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.
Why was May Chosen as the Observance Month?
May was chosen as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage to honor the first immigration of the Japanese to the U.S. on May 7, 1843. It also commemorates the anniversary of the transcontinentall railroad on May 10, 1869. Many of those who worked on building the railroad were Chinese immigrants.
Celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage with Suite Paradise
As the oldest island in the Hawaiian chain, the history of Kauai is mainly an oral one passed through songs and chants for generations. Present in dance, theater, art, cuisine, and sacred historical sites, Kauai's history and culture only add to the island's natural beauty.
Honor, respect, and appreciate Kauai's rich culture and history during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by visiting a historical site, exploring a museum, or attending a local festival!