May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was Created in 1992

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was created in 1992 to pay tribute to the generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. Read more about the contributions of Asian and Pacific Islanders to America's history and progress on the Asian Pacific Heritage web portal.


6th Annual Pan Asian Arts Festival

Sunday, May 17, 12 Noon to 5 PM
Landmark Center
75 West 5th Street, Saint Paul

The Pan Asian Arts Alliance, Asian Media Access and local Asian American & Pacific Islander (AAPI) arts groups have come together to host this free event featuring on-going Pan Asian dance and music performances, Asian food, story telling and Asian arts and crafts activities.

Festival of Nations 2015

April 30-May 3, 2015

Saint Paul RiverCentre
175 W. Kellogg Blvd. Saint Paul, MN 55102

The Festival of NationsĀ® is the largest and longest running multicultural festival in Minnesota, celebrating cultural diversity with food, music, demonstrations, exhibits and dance.

Web Sites and Resources Related to Asian-Pacific Heritage

  • Becoming Minnesotan, Stories of Recent Immigrants and Refugees, Minnesota Historical Society
  • Asian Pacific Heritage web portal, a collaboration of the the Library of Congress and the National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.
  • Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans
    The Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans (CAPM) is a state agency created by the Minnesota state legislature to: advise the governor and members of the legislature on issues pertaining to Asian Pacific Minnesotans; advocate on issues of importance to the Asian Pacific community, and; act as a broker between the Asian Pacific community and mainstream society.
  • Asian American Press
    Asian American Press is the first Asian American publication in Minnesota. Founded in 1982 as Asian Business & Community News, and renamed to the Asian American Press in 1990. This publication covers local, national and international news and information related to Asian American culture.
  • Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (Whitehouse)

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