Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

As HudsonAlpha Institute for Biotechnology works to build a more inclusive workplace, this month we recognize and celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month). AAPI Heritage Month is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. The AAPI umbrella term includes cultures from the entire Asian continent—including East, Southeast and South Asia—and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

Like most commemorative months, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress.  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.

Asian Americans have been a crucial thread within the fabric of our nation since the first people from Asia came and settled here many centuries ago. From Chinese railroad workers, Japanese farmers, Filipino labor organizers, Indian shipbuilders, Hmong business owners, and Vietnamese and Cambodian fisherfolk, Americans of Asian descent have shaped our society. Significant developments were made as a result of many Asian American leaders.

The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion invites you to learn more about Asian American and Pacific Heritage Month by taking a virtual tour of The Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center.