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John F. Kennedy University recognizes the contributions of those of Asian Pacific American Heritage. This resource guide features library and online resources by and about the AAPI community.
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Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage at JFK University

Join John F. Kennedy University as we Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage

  • Robert M. Fisher Library Book Display & Online Research Guide: View our book display through the end of May, and check out some of our featured resources in this online research guide.
  • Asian American and Pacific Islanders: The Interwoven Fabric of Our Histories and Global FuturesThursday May 22, 2014, 12pm-2pm, on our Pleasant Hill Campus Featuring the remarkable stories and inspiring talents of invited JFK University community members. Our time together will be facilitated by Matthew R. Mock, PhD, Professor of Counseling Psychology, College of Graduate and Professional Studies. We invite you to attend all or part of this special event. Light refreshments will be served.
  • In God’s House: Film Screening and Discussion: Friday, May 29, 2014, 12pm-1pm, on our Berkeley CampusIn God’s House is a powerful film about Asian American lesbians and gays in the church. Dealing with the intersectionality of faith, family, culture and sexuality, this is a special opportunity to learn more about this unique section of the Asian American Pacific Islander community. This event is facilitated by Jess Delegencia, JFKU Diversity Officer; and Lauren Quock, Network for Religion and Justice. Light refreshments will be served.


About Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

About Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

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.

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