May signifies the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States in 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, also known as Golden Spike Day. The Asian American and Pacific Islander communities play an integral role in the American cultural landscape, showcasing their incredible diversity with over 100 languages spoken across 50 different ethnic groups.
Ways to Honor and Embrace AAPI Month
- Watch a documentary to learn about AAPI history
- Support AAPI curriculum in schools
- Shop at AAPI owned businesses; attend a speaking event, workshop, or exhibit; and eat at AAPI restaurants
- Visit an AAPI museum
- Listen to an AAPI community member's podcast
- Read a book by an AAPI author
- Watch movies and TV shows related to the AAPI Experience
May commemorates the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. AAPI communities encompass 50 ethnic groups speaking over 100 languages, making them a vital part of the American cultural landscape.