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Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month

May is recognized as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month, a time to recognize and revere how Asian cultures and peoples have changed our country.

In May of 1843, the first Japanese immigrants came to the United States. In that same month twenty six years later, the transcontinental railroad was completed, its tracks laid down by predominantly Chinese immigrant workers. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush formally recognized May as the first AAPI Heritage Month.

AAPI is celebrated in many ways for many things, and we love seeing how members of these rich communities honor this heritage. Here at Visions, we encourage this recognition year round. This year, we are sponsoring the Filipino Fiesta of Sacramento, an annual celebration of Filipino history and culture. We are proud to be a part of such an impactful local event and encourage you all to join us in the celebration on June 4th.

For more information about AAPI Heritage Month, visit this website, and check out this reading list to continue expanding your knowledge on Asian American history, culture and stories.