Echoes from the East

Asian-American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month, celebrated each May, honors the rich history and significant contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) in the United States.

Originating in 1978, Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution to commemorate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week during the first week of May. This timing was chosen to coincide with two key historical milestones: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, largely built by Chinese laborers. In 1992, the celebration was expanded to a month-long observance, providing a broader platform for recognizing the achievements, cultures, and traditions of AAPI individuals who have shaped the American experience.

Today, AAPI Heritage Month serves as a reminder of the struggles, resilience, and enduring spirit of AAPI communities, while also highlighting their contributions in areas ranging from science and technology to arts and literature. Its role in promoting understanding and appreciation across diverse communities helps to combat stereotypes and dismantle prejudices, fostering a more inclusive and equitable society.

Explore a tapestry of heritage and stories by checking out any of the titles below:

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Join us this Saturday, May 4th at 11:00 AM on the Third Floor for the Grand Opening of the

NEW Young Adult Area & Study Rooms!!

A short program will be followed by tours of the new spaces.

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