This month, people across the nation have celebrated Asian American, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The rich and deeply rooted heritage has impacted our country in many ways, from its bright cultural traditions, beliefs, and inventive ideas.
Asian American, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month was first recognized on May 4, 1979, as a week-long celebration after Congress passed a joint resolution the year before. In 1990, the observance expanded to a month.
President Obama’s proclamation in 2009 expanded the observance to include Pacific Islanders.
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