May 2020

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

APAHM 2020 Dates

We are proud to announce the dates for the key events that APAICS will host during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month 2020.  Please be sure to save these dates!  Check back soon for updates and ticket options.

Event Day Date Time Location
Legislative Leadership Summit – Day 1 Tuesday May 19 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Renaissance Hotel
Legislative Leadership Summit – Day 2 Wednesday May 20 8:00 am – 2:00 pm Renaissance Hotel
26th Annual Awards Gala Dinner Wednesday May 20 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm Renaissance Hotel
Military Leadership Luncheon Thursday May 21 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Renaissance Hotel

What is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

History of APAHM

In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage week. The following month, Senators Daniel K. Inouye and Spark Matsunaga from Hawaii introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed and on October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration.

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed a bill passed by Congress to extend the week-long celebration to a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.