Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

Children of Asian and Pacific Islander heritage playing on the playground.

In 1992, the month of May was officially designated as Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. May was chosen for celebrating AAPI heritage to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the U.S. in May of 1843, as well as the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May of 1869. The transcontinental railroad was made possible by thousands of Chinese immigrants. Please join TwinStar in celebrating with the Asian/Pacific American communities in our neighborhoods and cities.

According to the Pew Research Center, a record 23 million Asian Americans trace their roots to more than 20 countries in East and Southeast Asia, as well as the Indian subcontinent.

Here’s how to connect and learn about the unique culture of the Asian/Pacific American communities during the month of May and throughout the year: