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AAPI / Pan-Asian Month @ TAFT: Home



Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month recognizes the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. 


Taft honors and celebrates our AAPI & Pan-Asian community during the month of October.

AAPI Heritage Month originated in June 1977 when Representatives Frank Horton (New York) and Norman Y. Mineta (California) called for the establishment of Asian/Pacific Heritage Week. Hawaii senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both bills passed, and in 1978 President Jimmy Carter signed the resolution. In 1990, President George H. W. Bush expanded the celebration from a week to a month. Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated to commemorate the arrival in May 1843 of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States.

Source: "Teaching Asian and Pacific Islander Heritage." National Education Association. 

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In this video from the Pew Research Center, Asian Americans describe navigating their own identity. 

Pew Research Center is a nonpartisan fact tank that informs the public about the issues, attitudes and trends shaping the world. We conduct public opinion polling, demographic research, content analysis and other data-driven social science research. We do not take policy positions.

Learn more in the Pew Research Center's full in-depth report on Asian Americans.


U.S. Postal Service stamps honoring Asian-American history (2021)

Chinese American physicist Chien-Shiung Wu
Go for Broke: Japanese American Soldiers of WW II
Lunar New Year (2021 was the Year of the Ox)

Go for Broke is the result of 16 years of persistent effort by a small group of people from Hawaii. The soldier depicted on the stamp is a nisei, or American-born child of Japanese immigrants, named Shiroku “Whitey” Yamamoto. He was part of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team made up largely of nisei soldiers, the most-decorated unit for its size and length of duty in the history of the U.S. military.

View Lunar New Year stamps over the years at the National Postal Museum.

2023 Year of the Rabbit