NARA Celebrates Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
05/28/2015 12:00 am
Each May, the nation celebrates
Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, which honors the perseverance,
courage, and impact of the Asian American and Pacific Islander community
on our nation. This year’s theme, “Asian-Pacific Americans Are
Everywhere,” underscores the global contributions of these Americans.
On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed House Joint Resolution 540 designating
one week in May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. In 1990, President
George H. W. Bush extended the celebration for the entire month of May.
In 1992, H.R. 5572 was signed into law, officially designating the entire month of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.
May was selected to commemorate two significant anniversaries.
Nakahama Manjir? became the first documented Japanese person to live in
the United States on May 7, 1843. And on May 10, 1869, Chinese laborers
helped complete the transcontinental railroad.
Asian-Pacific American Records at NARA
Asian-Pacific Americans ARE everywhere at the National Archives. Our
records document some of the brightest, darkest, and most contentious
moments in our nation’s history, including case files relating to the
Chinese Exclusion Act; records of the War Relocation Authority and
internment of Japanese Americans during World War II; and the personnel
files of members of the Philippine Guerrilla forces during World War II.
Numerous finding aids and online resources have been created by NARA staff to increase access to these records. They include:
Furthermore, I would like to highlight two recent contributions to
Asian American and Pacific Islander history made by NARA staff:
Other Federal resources include:
DAVID S. FERRIERO Archivist of the United States