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AAPI Heritage Month (May 2024): Home

This guide contains lists of books, resources, and events celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage.

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In 1992, Congress designated May as Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.

It was designed to observe the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May, 1869. During the construction of said railroad, the majority of laborers were of Chinese descent and were Chinese immigrants. It was also chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese immigrants in May, 1843.

Learn more about AAPI Heritage Month and other Heritage Month events happening at De Anza College!

Duane Kubo's film Crusin' J-Town has been added to the Library of Congress's National Film Registry! Look at the entries here.

Interested in the movie? See an Excerpt from New Day Films on YouTube, located here.


On May 23, from 12:30 - 2:00 PM, De Anza College is hosting a presentation by Josh Chuck on Chinatown Rising. This includes film excerpts and a live Q&A!

On May 25th at 11:00 AM, De Anza College is leading a Chinatown Social Justice Tour in San Francisco.


Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Online Resources


CAN/DID Inclusion Series: Asian-Americans


Asian American and Pacific Islanders in Government and Congress

Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Congress PDF link

National Dance of The Philippines