May is Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians, Southeast Asians, and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) encompasses people from all over the Asian continent, India, and the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.
Want resources for standing against anti-Asian hate? Here are several, compiled by Asian American organizations in Chicago and across the nation.
Check out this selection of local performing arts venues and film festivals!
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