Celebrating the achievements of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates the achievements of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States.
Comprising many ethnic groups, including Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, Hawaiian, and peoples of more than 20 other ethnicities, Asian Americans enrich the national landscape with their respective histories, traditions and cultural heritage. This diverse group of people faced intense prejudice and hardships in the United States, from the 1858 California legislation barring entry of Chinese immigrants to the internment of Japanese Americans during World War II.
Despite these and many other challenges, Asian and Pacific peoples have made lasting contributions in all facets of American society. Fields of technology, sports, education, science, business, medicine and the arts demonstrate Asian Americans’ historical and contemporary accomplishments and innovations. SIRS Knowledge Source® celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with articles on Asian Americans and their rich legacy. Articles include:
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