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Stories and achievements from Asian American and Pacific Islander communities

May 21, 2021

The following content first appeared on the news page while UMass Global operated under its former name of Brandman University.

May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, created by a 1992 act of Congress that expanded upon earlier commemorations that usually lasted only a week. As explained by the Library of Congress, the decision to honor Asian American and Pacific Islander histories in May recognized two key developments in American history: The May 1843 arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States and the construction of the transcontinental railroad, finished in May 1869 with credit for the heavy labor going to work crews primarily composed of immigrants from China.
 
The Office of Equity & Inclusion is recommending several online resources to help readers learn more about Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures and histories. The selected resources also include information on opposing racism.

Learn more about Asian Americans’ and Pacific Islanders’ history:

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