Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021

Since 1979, May has been a dedicated time to celebrate Asian Pacific American heritage, but it wasn't until 1992 that May was officially designated Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Selected to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the U.S. in May 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May 1869 that was made possible by thousands of Chinese laborers, APAH Month elevates the stories, contributions, and experiences of the Asian and Asian American communities.


31 Ways to Celebrate in May and Beyond

Check out Asia Society for ways to celebrate APAH Month! This page features an event every day for the entire month of May. Some events include: 

Live programming highlights:

  • May 1: Enjoy live standup and a conversation with comedian Sheng Wang!
  • May 6: Live discussion on how individuals and organizations can demand action and create change against anti-Asian racism.

On-demand highlights:


This page contains a variety of information about APAH Month. Click here to check out information about the history of APAH Month and view exhibits and collections!

Stop AAPI Hate 

Click here to access the Stop AAPI Hate website. This site contains news articles, reports, and ways to promote anti-racism. Stop AAPI Hate is a nonprofit social organization that runs the Stop AAPI Hate Reporting Center which tracks incidents of discrimination, hate and xenophobia against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

How One Woman's Story Led to the Creation of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

This article article gives a history of the creation of APAH Month. Click here to read. 

Works by Asian American Artists from the Collection of the National Gallery of Art 

Explore a variety of artworks made by Asian American artists from the National Gallery of Art's collection. The artworks include paintings, prints, photographs, sculptures, and drawings, and range from the early 20th century to today.

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25 Amazing Books by Asian American and Pacific Islander Authors You Need to Read

 In honor of the holiday, here are 25 books from Asian American and Pacific Islander authors that you should include on your reading list, from prize-winning fiction to graphic novels, essays, and memoirs.

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