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Office for Multicultural Learning


Welcome to the website for the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebrations at Santa Clara University

May is designated by the United States Congress as national Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

The month is a time to recognize the contributions that people of Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander ancestry have made to enrich the history and culture of this country.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the first Japanese immigrant to the United States on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad which was built mainly thanks to the work of many Asian Pacific American immigrants.

The initiative began in 1977 with a joint resolution by Representatives Frank Horton (R-NY) and Norman Y. Mineta (D- CA) proclaiming the first ten days of May as Pacific/Asian Heritage Week.

In 1992 President George Bush signed the legislation into law designating May of every year as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which the 102nd Congress unanimously approved in the same year. The month May is now celebrated nationally as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

Educational Opportunities & Resources

APA History Jeopardy

Want to know more about the Asian Pacific American culture? then download and play this fun game of jeopardy! Asian American History Timeline from the US Immigration website. Please note this website does not include the Fillipinos who first immigrated to the US through Louisiana in the 1650s.

On Friday May 31, De Anza College will be holding its second annual Asian Pacific American Awareness Conference, Your Story, Our Movement (YSOM). YSOM aims to build consciousness about social and political issues that affect the APA community through education, leadership training, involvement opportunities, and mentorship for Asian Pacific American students.

Since its founding in 1982, Leadership Education for Asian Pacifics, Inc. (LEAP) has been intent on "growing leaders" within Asian and Pacific Islander (API) communities across the world. When LEAP opened its doors 31 years ago, it had a simple yet powerful idea: that in order for API communities to realize their full potential and to foster robust participation in this increasingly globalized world, these communities would have to begin producing leaders who could advocate and speak on their behalf.

The National Association of Asian American Professionals (NAAAP) is the premier leadership organization for Asian professionals. As a non-profit organization dedicated to developing and advancing the careers of Asian leaders, NAAAP cultivates professional excellence among its members, connects accomplished professionals for mutual success, engages its members in community service, and works with employers in business, nonprofit, and government to recruit, retain, and promote high-achieving individuals.

This is a blog about Asian America.

“What Kind of Asian are you?” Youtube skit.

“Fung Bros on Asians in Media 2014.” David & Andrew are brothers who love comedy, music, basketball, food and talking about being Asian. Follow them on their journey as they seek to find empowerment through truth.

FIRST PERSON PLURAL is a film that follows the story of an 8-year old girl who is adopted by an American family, only to discover years later that she has a birth family in Korea. The film explores themes of race, identity, assimilation, and birth family reunion. It premiered at Sundance and recently had an encore presentation on PBS.

IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE continues the journey started in FIRST PERSON PLURAL by exploring identity, memory, and the history of international adoption through a personal lens. The film had its national PBS broadcast premiere on POV.

Jodi Kim's ENDS OF EMPIRE: Asian American Critique and the Cold War examines Asian American cultural production, including FIRST PERSON PLURAL, and its challenge to the dominant understanding of American imperialism, Cold War dynamics, and race and gender formation.

AdoptedTerritoryEleana Kim's ADOPTED TERRITORY: Transnational Korean Adoptees and the Politics of Belonging explores the history of Korean adoption, the emergence of a distinctive adoptee collective identity, and adoptee returns to Korea in relation to South Korean modernity and globalization.

GlobalFamilies 2GLOBAL FAMILIES: A History of Asian International Adoption in America, by Catherine Ceniza Choy, unearths the historical origins of Asian adoption and discusses FIRST PERSON PLURAL and IN THE MATTER OF CHA JUNG HEE in the context of racial hierarchies in the United States and the way that loss--of knowledge, of history-- becomes a collective adoptee experience.


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