Rep. Tulsi Gabbard Honors Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Honolulu, HI—Today, Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (HI-02) released the following statement recognizing the month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month:
“Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) have built a long legacy of achievements throughout our nation’s history. The exceptional contributions of AAPIs in government, business, military service, culture and arts, technology, sports, education, science, health, and so much more have enriched and strengthened our country. As we celebrate our shared heritage and history this month, we must also honor and continue the tireless work of those who came before us—leaders like Senator Daniel Inouye, Senator Daniel Akaka, and Congresswoman Patsy Mink—who broke down barriers, challenged the status quo, and fought to ensure a better future for the next generation.”
May is officially designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by section 102 of title 36, United States Code. The observance originally began as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week, which was established through a joint Congressional resolution in 1978. The month of May was chosen due to two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: May 7, 1843, when the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States, and May 10, 1869, when the first transcontinental railroad was completed with substantial contributions from Chinese immigrant workers.