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May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month!

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month and we would like you to share in this heritage and celebration.

If you are not familiar with this historical month, The Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month 2021 in United States will begin on Saturday, May 1 and ends on Monday May 31. Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history. Every May during Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and its partners share those histories and the continuing culture thriving in parks and communities today.

What countries are included in Asian Pacific Heritage Month?

This area includes, for example, China, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines and Samoa; and in South Asia, includes India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Bhutan." A definition from Henry Ford Health System states that an Asian-Pacific American is "A U.S. citizen whose origins are from Japan, China.

In researching this event, the oldest LGBTQ Asian Pacific Alliance is the GLBTQ+ Asian Pacific Alliance (formerly the Gay Asian Pacific Alliance), sometimes GAPA, is non-profit social welfare organization that was incorporated in February 1988 in San Francisco, California, as a social support group for gay and bisexual Asian Pacific Islander (API) men. Read the full bio below. Very fascinating information.

If you want to be engaged with some of the local Asian Pacific celebrations, please see below:

We have movies to view during Asian American Pacific month

Go out and partake of the events and celebrate with our Asian American and Pacific Islanders family.

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