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Recommended Reading: May

Highline College's librarians recommend materials from the library collection on a wide variety of topics.

About this Guide

May is Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

History of API Heritage Month

API Heritage Month originated in June 1977 when Representatives Frank Horton (New York) and Norman Y. Mineta (California) called for the establishment of Asian/Pacific Heritage Week. Hawaii senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both bills passed, and in 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed the resolution. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush expanded the celebration from a week to a month. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated to commemorate the arrival in May 1843 of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States.

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