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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month: Home

National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month!  This month celebrates and honors the history and contributions Asian American and Pacific Islanders have made to U.S. society and culture.

In 1977, two resolutions were introduced to Congress to proclaim the first ten days of May as Pacific/Asian American Heritage Week; however, neither passed. In 1978, another similar resolution was introduced, passed, and signed by President Carter on October 5, 1978. This continued annually until 1990, when Congress passed a law to expand the celebration to one month. In 1992, Congress passed another law to designate May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

This virtual display showcases just a small portion of the library's digital collections that highlight Asian American and Pacific Islander history, experiences, struggles to overcome adversity, achievements, contributions, identity, and culture. To find more resources, you can use OneSearch to search across all library collections, search within a specific database or eBook collection, or check out the library's streaming media services.


Below are just a few podcasts focused on Asian American and Pacific Islander culture, history, and more. A collection of AAPI podcasts can also be found at Potluck: An Asian American Podcast Collective.