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May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month! This month was officially designated in 1992, when Congress voted to extend Asian Pacific Heritage Week (inaugurated in 1977) to encompass the month of May. This month was chosen to commemorate two significant anniversaries in Asian Pacific American history - the anniversary of the first Japanese immigration to the United States (7 May 1843) and the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad (10 May 1869) of which the majority of workers were Chinese immigrants.
Join us in celebrating the nations and cultures from this region of the world. View the titles on display in the "Featured Titles" list on the left.
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- Asia Society - the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context
- Asian Nation: Asian American History, Demographics and Issues - includes extensive web directory of Asian American resources
- Asian/Pacific/American Institute at New York University - aims to promote discourse on Asian/Pacific America defying traditional boundaries, spanning Asia, to the Americas, through the Atlantic and Pacific Worlds
- Asian Pacific American Heritage Teaching Resources - lesson plans and curriculum guides from the Smithsonian Institution
- NOBLE (North of Boston Library Exchange) children's reading list for Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
- Asian American veteran oral history project at the Library of Congress
- National Archives photographs celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
- National Endowment for the Humanities initiatives in Asian Pacific historic preservation
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