When is it celebrated?
It is celebrated during the month of May.
Who celebrates it?
It is celebrated in the United States.
Where does it originate from?
Jeanie Jew, a board member for the Organization for Chinese Americans, introduced the idea of a heritage week for Asian Americans in the 1970s. Her goal was to designate a week to honor the contributions of Asian Americans. May 4th-11th was chosen because it signifies the immigration of Japanese immigrants to the US, and the day the transcontinental railroad was completed, in which Asian Americans had a primary role. With the support and advocacy of multiple congressmen and Asian American Organizations, President Jimmy Carter declared the creation of Asian/Pacific Heritage Week in 1978. In 1990, President George W. Bush signed it into law, and to span the whole month.
- Celebrating Asian American culture and history
- Attending parades, festivals, and lectures
- Teaching of Asian American history and culture in schools