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Rep. Chu Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 1, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. –  Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which commemorates the history, contributions, and achievements of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community began on Wednesday and will continue throughout the month of May. 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 150 years ago with substantial contributions from Chinese immigrant workers. Rep. Judy Chu (CA-27), chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) released the following statement:

“Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is a time for our country to celebrate the rich history, heritage, and contributions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. From helping to build the first transcontinental railroad to fueling our economy as small business owners and entrepreneurs, AAPIs have made vast contributions to the fabric of our nation. As Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, I am particularly excited that this May also marks the 25th anniversary of CAPAC's founding. Our nation has always been strengthened by its diversity, and I am so proud that we now have a Congress that better reflects the people it serves. This includes a record 20 AAPI Members of Congress and our highest CAPAC membership in history. As we celebrate this historic milestone, let us honor the legacy of AAPIs who came before us and recommit ourselves to building a brighter future for generations to come.”