Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in Philadelphia

Posted by Mayor's Office of Public Engagement on May 16, 2023

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month! Established by the U.S. Congress in 1992, Asian Pacific American Heritage Month highlights the stories of people in the United States who are of Asian or Pacific Islander descent. May was chosen to honor the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad, which was built due to the majority of Chinese immigrant laborers, and the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the shores of the U.S.

The month-long celebration honors the heritage and histories of people from the Asian continent and islands across the South Pacific including Hawaii, American Samoa, Federated Islands of Micronesia, Guam, and more.

This May, the City of Philadelphia and many community organizations are hosting celebrations as part of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month!

See some of these events and please join us in celebrating!

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