Celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month


Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
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Why do we celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month?

In the United States, the month of May each year is celebrated as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. This annual celebration came about in 1978 when President Jimmy Carter signed into law a Joint Resolution of the Congress of the United States designating a week in May for the celebration of Asian and Pacific Islander culture and heritage, until 1992, when Congress passed Public Law 102-450 which annually designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

Visit the APA Heritage Foundation's website for more information on AAPI Heritage Month celebrations in San Francisco.

Asian American Trailblazers in Civil Rights

View a recording of an in-person Teachers Workshop featuring Principal Liana Szeto of Alice Fong Yu Alternative School. The workshop highlights Asian American pioneers and the pivotal court cases that changed the landscape of U.S. civil rights, including the U.S. Supreme Court decision in United States v. Wong Kim Ark (1898) that established the constitutional guarantee of birthright citizenship for all. 

This page was last updated on May 10, 2023