Asian American, Native Hawaiian, And Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Introduced in 1977 as a weeklong commemorative period by Representatives Frank Horton (NY) and Norman Y. Mineta (CA), Asian Pacific American Heritage week was extended into a month by law in 1992. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the first Japanese immigration to the United States on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, by mostly Chinese immigrants, on May 10, 1869. This month is a time to celebrate the diversity of our Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPI) community’s past, present, and future. It’s a time to honor and celebrate the culture, traditions, history, and contributions of generations of AANHPI leaders who have enriched our country and our increasingly interconnected global society.

While we celebrate our long history in the United States, we also take this opportunity to reflect on the challenges our communities have faced and are facing, from the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 to the incarceration of Japanese Americans in World War II, to present-day bias and hate incidents against our immigrant, undocumented, refugee, indigenous, Muslim, LGBTQ+, Middle Eastern, and South Asian American communities, and other communities of color, and the recent rise in anti-Asian sentiment and xenophobia exacerbated by the global COVID-19 pandemic. 

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) and the months ahead present a unique opportunity to mobilize and build coalitions across our communities to amplify our voices and tap into our collective leadership with pride, representation, and resilience. Join us as we ground in community, history, our ancestry and celebrate our diverse AANHPI communities – past, present, and future.


Learning For Justice Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Resources May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPI) Month, and while we celebrate during these four weeks, it’s essential to uplift AAPI histories, diverse identities and stories year-round. This collection of LFJ resources provides opportunities to dig deep into AAPI experiences and aims to help young people, educators and families explore the expansive impact of the AAPI community on the United States.

The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC) strives to ensure the representation and inclusion of Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AANHPIs) in the Smithsonian’s collections, research, exhibitions, and programs. Through education initiatives, publications, and public programs, APAC provides new avenues to document, celebrate, and share the rich and diverse history, art, and culture of AANHPIs. Please see and share their resources through-out the year!

Our partner Act To Change is calling on AAPI youth to fill our 2024 survey, conducted in partnership with the Bullying Prevention and Mental Health Promotion Lab at the University of Maryland, College Park . Your stories will help empower our community, and create anti-bullying policies to keep all youth safe from bullying, racism and harassment.  In 2021, they published the first Asian American Bullying Survey Report in partnership with NextShark and ADMERASIA. The report showed that 80% of #AsianAmerican youth reported having experienced bullying. And only 38% out of those told an adult about bullying. Bullying of AAPI youth is astonishingly normalized, and your voice will help us create a world where all youth are celebrated and empowered. This work – and your input – helps identify similar bullying patterns and take action to end bullying. One survey participant will receive a free Apple iPad!

Join our partner the Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) Legislative Leadership Summit and Gala, May 13-14, 2024! It brings together nonprofit and corporate leaders, subject matter experts, as well as local, state, and federal elected officials to discuss important issues that affect the Asian American & Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander (AA & NH/PI) community! Learn more and register: Please also join their Military Leadership Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, May 15, 2024! The APAICS-PPALM Military Leadership Appreciation Luncheon is dedicated to promoting leadership diversity and AA & NH/PI representation in our troops. Learn more and register:

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS) provides a launching point for AA & NH/PI women interested in politics through panels of political experts, networking opportunities, and hearing from AA & NH/PI elected officials. The APAICS Women’s Collective Summit was created to bring powerful AA & NH/PI women together to share, to inspire, and to take bold action towards creating a more representative democracy. The 2024 Summit is a two-day event during which participants are invited to learn in several programs ranging from networking to leadership training to community building. Register here:

Please join The White House and The White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders on May 13, 2024, for a historic, community-wide celebration of Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AA and NHPI) Heritage Month at the Andrew W. Mellon Auditorium. This landmark event in the heart of our nation’s capital will commemorate 25 years since the creation of the White House Initiative and the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders. For the first time, current and former leaders spanning five presidential administrations will gather to honor this historic milestone and reflect on the progress AA and NHPI communities have achieved over the past 25 years. In-person seating is limited. Please RSVP using this link

Join our partner APIA Scholars for their Emerald Anniversary Event!

  • When: Wednesday, May 22, 2024
  • Location: Japanese American National Museum | 100 N Central Ave, Los Angeles CA 90012
  • Join them in celebrating 20 years of APIA Scholars! Come celebrate with them – get your tickets now via their website:
  • Got questions? Please email your inquiries to

Join our partner Act To Change on May 18 for an immersive luncheon with impact panels, roundtable discussions, networking and an award ceremony, on Imagine a World Without (AAPI) Bullying. They are reimagining our school curriculum, public safety, and federal policies to be more inclusive and protective of #AAPIyouth. They invite you to join them to make their vision of a bullying-free world a reality. Let’s honor #VincentChin’s legacy and commemorate the 6th Annual National AAPI Day Against Bullying and Hate.
The event is free for youth attendees!

GLSEN’s Erasure and Resilience: The Experiences of LGBTQ Students of Color, Asian American and Pacific Islander LGBTQ Youth in U.S. Schools

Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s Coming Out: Living Authentically as LGBTQ+ Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders


TFA National AANHPI Community Partners:

Act to Change
Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP)
Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAAJ)
Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies (APAICS)
Center for Asian Americans for Self Empowerment (CAUSE)
Coalition for Asian American Children and Families (CACF)
Asian & Pacific Islander American Scholarship Fund (APIA Scholars)
Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC)
Asian American Dream


Asian Americans Advancing Justice Immigration and Immigrant Rights Resources. The fastest growing racial groups in the United States are Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI), the majority of whom are immigrants or the children of immigrants. With approximately two-thirds of Asian Americans and one-sixth of Pacific Islanders born outside of the U.S., the AAPI community also has the highest proportion of immigrants among other racial and ethnic groups. 

Immigration has always been and continues to be a significant, current, and life-affecting issue for the AAPI population.  As a community with a historic and significant role in shaping the United States, particularly as more immigrants enter the country from Asia than from any other region in the world, AAPI perspectives are critical to ensuring policymakers and the public have an accurate understanding of immigration issues as we work to create a system where communities thrive. See and share resources here:

“Being Asian and Latino” – Latino USA

“Hyphen-Americans” – Latino USA

“5 Historical Moments when Latinos and Asians collaborated” – Latino USA (This is a cut of “Hyphen-Americans”)

“Episode #1916: Asian-Latino Roundtable, Arturo O’Farrill and ‘Te Lo Dije’” – Latino USA

“Asians and Latinos: Making Sense of the Racial Middle” – Latino USA (This is a cut of “Hyphen-Americans”)

“For Asian Americans, a Taco Bowl of Their Own” – Latino USA

“Undocumented & Asian” – Humanizing America

Combating Anti-Blackness Resources From Community Partners  

AANHPI Community

MaiStoryBook Daily Resources for Teachers and Parents:

By Career Center Team
Career Center Team