Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

May 17th, 2011


Happy Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month!  The national APA website states that,

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

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 majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

In celebration of APA Heritage Month, events will be held on campus to highlight and educate the community.  Please find the full list of activities below.  All events are free.  For accommodation requests related to abilities, please contact Diversity Development at 541-737-6341.

APA Heritage Month Activities
Sunday, May 1st – ISOSU Spring Festival (12pm – 5pm) MU Quad
Monday, May 2nd – APA Kick-Off (11am – 2pm) MU Quad
Tuesday, May 3rd – Lei Day (10am – 7pm) APCC
Wednesday, May 4th – DPO: Women in the Media (5pm – 7pm) MU
Wednesday, May 4th – Mr. SensAsian (6pm – 8pm) MU Ballroom
Thursday, May 5th – APASU Culture Shock (6pm – 8pm) MU Ballroom
Tuesday, May 10th – Chopsticks 101 (6pm – 8pm) APCC
Thursday, May 12th – Friday, May 13th – APA Connection Conference – (TBA) TBA
Sunday, May 15th – VSA Bball Tournament – (12pm – 5pm) Langton Hall
Tuesday, May 17th – Thursday, May 19th – Polynesian Mini Film Series (TBA) TBA
Friday, May 20th – Cultural Sharing at Public Schools (TBA) TBA
Saturday, May 21st – JSA Night (4pm – 8pm) Brick Mall
Monday, May 23rd – Food Demo (4pm – 6pm) International Forum
Tuesday, May 24th – DPO Birthday Party (6pm) APCC
Wednesday, May 25th – Pacific Island Women’s Health Awareness (TBA) TBA
Wednesday, June 1st – APA Leadership Recognition Meeting (6pm – 8pm) MU Ballroom


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