May Is Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

This is the month that Congress designates as Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.

The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.

In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration that is now known as Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Per a 1997 U.S. Office of Management and Budget directive, the Asian or Pacific Islander racial category was separated into two categories: one being Asian and the other Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, there are an estimated 21.4 million people of Asian heritage alone or in combination residents in the United States in 2016.

It is estimated that 4.9 million of the Asian population of Chinese, except Taiwanese, descent in the United States in 2016.

The Chinese (except Taiwanese) population was the largest Asian group, followed by Asian Indian (4.1 million), Filipino (3.9 million), Vietnamese (2.1 million), Korean (1.8 million) and Japanese (1.5 million).

These estimates represent the number of people who reported a specific detailed Asian group alone, as well as people who reported that detailed Asian group in combination with one or more other detailed Asian groups or another race(s).

There are an estimated 1.5 million Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination residents of the United States in 2016.

Of these 582,477 were Native Hawaiian residents of the United States in 2016. The Native Hawaiian population was the largest detailed Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander (NHPI) group, followed by Samoan (207,003) and Guamanian or Chamorro (150,521).

These estimates represent the number of people who reported a specific detailed NHPI group alone, as well as people who reported that detailed NHPI group in combination with one or more other detailed NHPI groups or another race(s).

Copyright Today’s Credit Unions