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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

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During the months of February, March, April and May, the Asian Ameican Student Services (AASS) office offers cultural events, faculty lectures, guest speakers and workshops to celebrate the culture and history of Asian/Pacific Americans.
2014 CelebrASIAN Calendar of Events
If you would like to learn more about Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month or get involved with our Program Planning Committee for 2014, please do not hesitate to call the Educational Opportunity Programs office at 303.556.6209.

History of the Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month Tradition

In June 1977, Representatives Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution to declare the first ten days of May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. Following the efforts of Representatives Horton and Mineta, Hawai’i Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both resolutions were approved as Congress passed Public Law 95-149, directing President Jimmy Carter to officially designate a week beginning on May 4, 1979 as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.
Over the next twelve years, Presidents Carter, Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush continued to issue proclamations designating a week in May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. In 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450 which permanently designated May of each year as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The month of May was chosen to honor the first Asian (Japanese) immigrants to the United States in 1843.
For more information, visit the Library of Congress at​

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