May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

asian pacific american heritage monthAsian-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.


Asian Pacific Legal Experience in America: Opportunity, Economics, Racism, and Hope

Journey through stories and information of the darkest moments through Japanese internment, and celebrate Asian Americans who are now leaders in all fields. Created by 12 lawyers to support the legal journey of Asian Americans, this exhibit features historical events such as the Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882, the Japanese American Incarceration during WWII and the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965. The exhibit is provided by the U.S. District Court, District of Minnesota.

When: May 3 – 23, open to the public during regular business hours.
Where: Bloomington Civic Plaza, 1800 W. Old Shakopee Road Bloomington, MN 55431

This event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact the Bloomington Human Rights Commission.

Festival of Nations 2016

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

When: May 5th – May 8th
Where: Saint Paul RiverCentre, 175 W. Kellogg Blvd. Saint Paul, MN 55102.

For more information and to purchase advanced tickets (Adult (18+): $11.00, Youth: $8.00, Kids 5 and under: FREE with paying adult) visit the Festival of Nations website. Tickets will also be available day off (Adults (18+): $13.50, Youth: $8, Kids 5 and under: FREE with paying adult).

Pan Asian Arts Festival 2016

This family event includes Pan Asian Dances, Carnival Games, and Carnival Food. There will be over 100 Traditional, Modern/multicultural Pan Asian Dances, K-Pop, and J-pop performances. Activities include Origami Crane making, Henna hand tattoo, and much more!

When: May 14th, 12:00 PM – 8:00 PM.
Where: Mall of America (Rotunda and Sears Court), 60 East Broadway, Bloomington, Minnesota 55425.

This event is free and open to the public.

Connect Asia - Spring 2016

Connect Asia is a unique platform organized by the India Association of Minnesota (IAM) that aims to bring together corporate employee resource groups and Asian organizations under one umbrella to promote engagement, inclusion and diversity in corporate leadership.

The theme of this year's event is “Asians in Leadership: Navigating the corporate landscape” as well as Women Empowerment.

The program will feature a keynote address by Marilyn Carlson Nelson, Chairman and former CEO of Carlson, and a keynote address by Sarena Lin, President, Cargill - Feed & Nutrition, as well as roundtable discussions on a variety of topics addressing concerns of the Asian community.

When: Saturday May 14th, 5:00 PM-9:00 PM.
Where: Coffman Memorial Union, University of Minnesota – Twin Cities; 300 Washington Ave SE, Minneapolis, MN.

Cost of Attendance: $75 per individual. For more information and to register, visit the event page on the Indian Association of Minnesota website.

2016 Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans Leadership Awards Dinner

Each year the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans organizes a dinner that brings the community together to commemorate “Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month” and honor the accomplishments and contributions Asian-Pacific Americans have made to our state and nation.

The 2016 Dinner's theme is “Community, Civic Engagement, and Change”. The program consists of a keynote address and the presentation of the annual Asian Pacific Minnesotans Leadership Awards. This year’s keynote speaker is the Honorable Elizabeth Kautz, Mayor of the city of Burnsville.

When: Friday, May 20, 2016 from 5:00 to 8:00 PM. A networking reception will begin at 5:00 PM, followed by a dinner program at 6:00 PM.
Where: Maplewood Community Center, 2100 White Bear Avenue Maplewood, MN 55109.

Registration is free. Tickets are available on a first come, first served basis. To register, visit the event page on the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans website.

Immigration and Identity in America

Join a small group dialogue to process and discuss the themes of immigration, identity and equity in America as featured in the exhibit Beyond Bollywood: Indian Americans Shape the Nation. These dialogues are a place to discuss today's issues and the history that sheds light on them. Dialogues are facilitated by staff members trained by the International Coalition of Sites of Conscience.

When: May 17, 2016, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM and May 24, 2016, 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM.
Where: Minnesota History Center, 345 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102.

This event is free to attend.

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 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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