Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Last updated: March 22, 2023, at 5:03 a.m. PT
Originally published: April 26, 2018, at 9:52 a.m. PT
Since 1992, the month of May has been celebrated as Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This month was chosen to commemorate both the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the U.S on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad –which was predominantly built by Chinese immigrants on May 10, 1869.
This year, the YMCA of Greater Seattle will celebrate, highlight and honor the many contributions of Asians & Pacific Islanders (API) during the month of May. We use the term “Asian and Pacific Islander” to include all people of Asian, Asian American or Pacific Islander ancestry who trace their origins to the countries, states, and/or the diasporic communities of these geographic regions. Showcasing a glimpse of the rich culture, traditions, and history of Asians and Pacific Islanders. Throughout the month we will all have the opportunity to participate in Asian & Pacific Islanders (API) events at the Y and in the community.