May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It is a month to acknowledge the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the United States and to celebrate their cultures.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month was originally a weekly celebration in May. Representative Frank Horton proposed a heritage week for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in 1977. It failed at first but it was reintroduced and signed into law by President Jimmy Carter in 1978. The first heritage week was held from May 4th to May 11th in 1979. In 1992, Asian American and Pacific Islander heritage week became a monthly celebration.
May was chosen in order to commemorate the arrival of Japanese immigrants in the United States on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The transcontinental railroad was built mostly by Chinese immigrants.
The Yonkers Public Library is in solidarity with the Asian Pacific Americans Librarians Association’s (APALA) statement condemning racism and acts of violence towards Asians. The APALA has provided resources to combat racism.
The Yonkers Public Library has curated a book list for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. You can place these items on hold and pick them up at any branch of the Yonkers Public Library.