National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is an annual period from May 1 through May 31. This month is dedicated to recognizing the influence and contributions of AAPI's in the United States.
AAPI refers to Asian Americans and Pacific islanders. This ethnic group includes those of Asian, Asian American, or Pacific Islander ancestry, who trace their origins back to these geographic regions: Far East, Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent, Polynesia, Micronesia, or Melanesia.
President George H.W Bush permanently designated May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in 1992. The celebration is held in this specific month because of the many historical breakthroughs for AAPI's that occurred in May, such as the first Japanese Immigrant arriving in America in May 1843, and the finishing of the transcontinental railroad in May 1896, which had a large contribution from Chinese laborers'.
Tammy Duckworth was born in 1968 in Bangkok, Thailand. She is the first Thai American woman to be elected to U.S Congress. She has been the Illinois Senator since 2017. Duckworth was also a former U.S Army National Guard lieutenant colonel.
Yo-Yo Ma, a Chinese American, is a Classical Musician and Performer. He was a musical prodigy who graduated from Julliard School and Harvard University. Ma has received 18 Grammy Awards, recorded 90 albums, and has performed as a soloist with varying orchestras around the world.
Yuna Kim is a retired South Korean competitive figure skater. During her career, she won the gold medal in the 2010 Vancouver Olympics and the silver medal in the 2014 Russia Olympics. Kim has also received many medals from other ISU Skating competitions.