May is Asian-Pacific Islander Month, an annual celebration of achievements by Asian and Pacific Islanders and a time to recognize their significant role in U.S. history. Asian/Pacific is a very broad term, it encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific Islands of 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) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island).
In 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York introduced House Joint Resolution 520 to proclaim the first ten days as Pacific/Asian American Heritage Week. Later, it was expanded to encompass the whole month in 1990. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1848, as well as to mark the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.
To continue our series of uplifting our staff for heritage months, follow along with us on social media as we honor our Asian and Pacific Islander staff.
** Some of our staff did not want an individual photo. We respect their decision.