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Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Celebrate

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month


Honoring Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.

In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a monthlong celebration that is now known as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Per a 1997 U.S. Office of Management and Budget directive, the Asian or Pacific Islander racial category was separated into two categories: one being Asian and the other Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander. Thus, this Facts for Features contains a section for each. The following facts are possible thanks to the invaluable responses to U.S. Census Bureau surveys. We appreciate the public’s cooperation as we continuously measure America’s people, places and economy.

5.2 million - The estimated number of the Asian population of Chinese, except Taiwanese, descent in the United States in 2019. The Chinese (except Taiwanese) population was the largest Asian group, followed by Asian Indian (4.6 million), Filipino (4.2 million), Vietnamese (2.2 million), Korean (1.9 million) and Japanese (1.5 million). These estimates represent the number of people who reported a specific detailed Asian group alone, as well as people who reported that detailed Asian group in combination with one or more other detailed Asian groups or another race(s). Continue reading from US Census Bureau

Books from our Collection

Link to The Bride Test by Helen Hoang in the Catalog
Link to Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng in the Catalog
Link to Minor Feelings: An Asian American Reckoning by Cathy Park Hong in the Catalog
Link to Crying in H Mart by Michelle Zauner in the Catalog
Link to The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan in the Catalog
Link to The Leavers: A Novel by Lisa Ko in the Catalog
Link to On Earth We're Briefly Gorgeous by Ocean Vuong in the Catalog
Link to America Is Not The Heart by Elaine Castillo in the Catalog
Link to The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri in the Catalog
Link to Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan in the Catalog
Link to To All The Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny Han in the Catalog
Link to The Thousand Crimes of Ming Tsu by Tom Lin in the Catalog
Link to All You Can Ever Know by Nicole Chung in the Catalog
Link to American Born Chinese by Gene Luen Yang in the Catalog
Link to Pachinko by Min Jin Lee in the Catalog
Link to The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen in the Catalog
Link to Girls Born Brighter by Shobha Rao in the Catalog
Link to Interior Chinatown: A Novel by Charles Yu in the Catalog
Link to Pioneer Girl by Bich Minh Nguyen in the Catalog
Link to The Astonishing Color of After by Emily XR Pan in the Catalog
Link to Where Reasons End by Yiyun Li in the Catalog

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"We are not makers of history.  We are made by history" - Martin Luther King, Jr.