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Cultural Observances and Awareness Events: Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2022

Special Observances 2022: Home

Theme: Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration

Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month dates back to the 95th Congress (1977-1978) when they introduced five joint resolutions proposing that a week in May be designated to commemorate the accomplishments of AANHPI.  After a congressional bill passed in 1978, President Jimmy Carter recognized the first 10 days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week.  In 1992, President George H.W. Bush extended the celebration to cover the entire month.  

May serves as the observance month to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 10, 1843. The date also marks the anniversary of the transcontinental railroad completion on May 10, 1869.  From 1865-1869, twelve thousand Chinese immigrants constructed the western section of the transcontinental railroad.  Generation after generation, AANHPIs have forged a proud legacy that reflects the spirit of our nation—a country that values the contributions of everyone who calls America “home.”

The Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), is proud to announce the theme for the observance of AANHPI Heritage Month in May 2022 as "Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration" which is a continuation of last year's theme "Advancing Leaders."

Below is a sampling of LRC books in support of AANHPI Heritage Month.  These books are either available for checkout in the LRC or can be accessed online as eBooks through our EBSCOhost eBook database subscription (login credentials are posted on Blackboard or see LRC staff).  

Books available in the LRC and which are on display during the month of May

The information on this page was borrowed from the Defense Equal Opportunity Management Institute's (DEOMI) human relations toolkit and from the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) resources & press release.