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What is the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month?

The Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a federal celebration, signed by the United States Congress on October 28, 1992, in Public Law 102-450, to recognize the contributions of Asian Pacific Americans in all walks of life to this nation.

The driving force behind the initial proclamation of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month took place two decades ago when Jeannie Jew and her associate Ruby Moy, then personal assistant to Representative Frank Horton, R-NY, pounded the halls of Congress to get the first Asian Pacific American Heritage Week declared.  In June 1997, Horton and then Representative Norman Mineta, D-CA, introduced House Resolution 540, which proclaimed the first 10 days of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Week.   A month later, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar legislation into the Senate.  On October 2, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed the Joint Resolution and the first Asian Pacific American Heritage Week was celebrated in May 1979.  A similar law was passed each year until May 1990 when the week-long celebration was extended to a full month.  But since the resolution did not contain an annual designation, Jew and her supporters had to lobby for the commemorative law to be re-authorized each year.   

On October 23, 1992, President George Bush signed Public Law 102-450 to permanently designate May of each year as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Many Asian Pacific American Heritage Month activities are scheduled throughout May at the Wright Patterson Air Force Base. However, Wright State University observes Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in April in order to avoid conflicts with their academic schedule.


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