Asian Pacific American Heritage MonthThe Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success.
May is American Pacific Heritage Month. Pinot’s Palette Alameda is proud to participate in Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. In celebration of those Asian Pacific Americans who live, work and play here in the San Francisco-Bay Area. In recognition of this important heritage and the contributions Asian Pacific Americans have given, we are offering (5) paintings that symbolize the importance of these cultures. We hope you will join us in the celebration of this culture.
About Asian/Pacific Heritage Month:
May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
Like most commemorative months, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress. In 1977 Reps. Frank Horton of New York introduced House Joint Resolution 540 to proclaim the first ten days in May as Pacific/Asian American Heritage Week. In the same year, Senator Daniel Inouye introduced a similar resolution, Senate Joint Resolution 72. Neither of these resolutions passed, so in June 1978, Rep. Horton introduced House Joint Resolution 1007. This resolution proposed that the President should “proclaim a week, which is to include the seventh and tenth of the month, during the first ten days in May of 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.’” This joint resolution was passed by the House and then the Senate and was signed by President Jimmy Carter on October 5, 1978 to become Public Law 95-419. This law amended the original language of the bill and directed the President to issue a proclamation for the “7 day period beginning on May 4, 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.’”
During the next decade, presidents passed annual proclamations for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week until 1990 when Congress passed Public Law 101-283 which expanded the observance to a month for 1990. Then in 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450 which annually designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.
The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869.
San Francisco Bay Area Events to Celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month
In recognition of these important cultures and the contributions Asian Pacific Americans have given, Pinot’s Palette Alameda is offering (5) paintings that symbolize the importance of these cultures. We hope you will join us in the celebration on any of these evenings:
May 3rd- “Thai Elephant”
May 6th- “Paradise Cove
May 12th-“Japanese Spring”
May 18th- “Reflections of Gold”
May 23rd- “Kolorful Koi”
Asian Pacific Heritage Awards Ceremony and Reception
Asian Heritage Street Festival 2017
More History of Asian Pacific Heritage Month can be found here: