In 1992, the month of May was permanently designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by the United States Congress.  The month was chosen partly because of two significant dates/anniversaries  occurred in United States history.  The arrival of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the Transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869.

Here are some following links to learn more about Asian/Pacific American month, the history, culture, and or events happening near you:

Here are some books and materials on Asian/Pacific Americans available through Alameda County Library:


 Extraordinary Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders by Susan Sinnott  

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 A Different Battle:  stories of Asian Pacific American veterans by Carina A. del Rosario, editor


The Asian Pacific heritage: a companion to literature and arts by George J. Leonard, editor