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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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.
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