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. In July that same year, Senators Daniel K. Inouye and Spark Matsunaga from Hawaii introduced a similar bill in the Senate. These two resolutions were passed on October 5, 1978, and under President Jimmy Carter a joint resolution was passed to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Week.
Former President George H.W. Bush signed a bill passed by congress extending Asian Pacific American Heritage week into a month-long celebration. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month was officially signed into law in 1992.
The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese 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 first Community and Labor Reception will take place on May 3, 2016 at the National Education Association (NEA) from 6:00-9:00PM EST. RSVP to confirm your attendance: http://bit.ly/APALA-CLRDC.
- Surjeet Ahluwalia, Executive Director, Asian American Youth Leadership Empowerment and Development (AALEAD)
- Quyen Dinh, Executive Director, Southeast Asia Resource Action Center (SEARAC), and Chair, National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA)
Carlos Jimenez, Executive Director, Metropolitan Washington Council, AFL-CIO
The second Community and Labor Reception will take place on May 16, 2016 at United Here Local 6/New York Hotel Traders Council from 5:30-7:30PM EST. RSVP to confirm your attendance: http://bit.ly/APALA-CLRNY.
- Fahd Ahmed, Executive Director, DRUM - South Asian Organizing Center
- Cathy Dang, Executive Director, CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities
Michael Mulgrew, President, United Federation of Teachers (Invited)
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