Asian American Pacific Islander Month is a commemoration of the culture, contributions and history of Asian American 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.)
In 1978, Congress passed a joint resolution to commemorate the first week of May as AAPI Heritage celebration. By 1992, the entire month of May was permanently designated as AAPI Heritage Month. The contributions of AAPI people are extensive and touch every fabric of American society. In celebration of this rich culture, our DEI Learning and Development Committee put together this list of resources for our staff to learn from and pass on and we wanted to share them with you here!