Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
May 2018 marks the 40th anniversary of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), which celebrates the culture, history, traditions, achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian Pacific Fund is proud to join the San Francisco Mayor’s Office, the APA Heritage Foundation and community representatives as a Celebration Partner.
To understand the significance of this milestone, we need to look back at the origins of APAHM.
- June 1977: Reps. Frank Horton (NY) and Norman Y. Mineta (CA) introduce a House resolution to proclaim the seven day period beginning May 4, 1979 as “Pacific/Asian American Heritage Week.”
- July 1977: Senators Daniel K. Inouye and Spark Matsunaga from Hawaii introduce a similar bill in the Senate with the revision to rename the community “Asian/Pacific.”
- October 5, 1978: President Jimmy Carter signs a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration.
- May 9, 1990: President George H.W. Bush signs into law extending the week-long celebration to a month-long celebration.
- October 1992: President George H.W. Bush signs into law proclaiming the month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.