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.

This year, the Council on Asian Pacific-Islanders in Minnesota's (CAPM) theme for Heritage Month is "Making Health Equity a Reality."


4th Annual Pan Asian Arts Festival

Sunday, May 19 at noon to 5 PM
Landmark Center
75 West 5th Street, Saint Paul

Led by 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. The Bicultural Healthy Living Campaign will also be introduced at the event.

Festival of Nations

May 2-5, 2013

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

History & Awareness Months and EVENTS

  • January: Martin Luther King Day
  • February: Black History
  • March: Women's History
  • April: Financial Literacy
  • May: Asian-Pacific American Heritage
  • June: GLBT Pride
  • Sept/Oct: Hispanic Heritage
  • Oct: Disability in Employment Awareness
  • Nov: Native American Heritage