Skip to Main Content

Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month: History and Resources

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. This guide highlights library resources by and about Asian/Pacific Americans.

Celebrating Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month


Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a month to celebrate and pay tribute to the contributions made by generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to American History, society, and culture. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month originated in 1978 when Congress passed Pub. L. 95-419. This law directed the President to issue a proclamation designating the week beginning on May 4, 1979 as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. In 1990, Congress passed Pub. L. 101-283 which amended Pub. L. 95-419 to expand the observance of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week to a month for May 1990. In 1992, Congress passed Pub. L. 102-450 which permanently designated May of each year as "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month." (Library of Congress)

This guide highlights resources, collections, and exhibits/events that celebrate Asian/Pacific American Heritage. You'll find resources from CSU Channel Islands' own John Spoor Broome Library as well as from around the web. 

Broome Library Books/eBooks

Diversity in Ventura County