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Asian Pacific Heritage Month - May, 2018

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May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Enjoy this video to give a brief overview of what it is.

It is 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).

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese, a fisherman named Nakanohama Manjiro, or "John Mung," 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.

Celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month with us!

In 2016, NBC Asian America spoke with people of diverse mutl-ethnic and multiracial backgrounds about their personal stories and identities:

“My experiences are not fully relatable to those of a black peer of those of an Asian peer, and even those of other mixed kids. ... That’s one of the key parts, even within people who are mixed, is like...the only thing we have in common is mixed.”

Appreciating the American history and those that came before you. This is a Great documentary on Chinese involvement in the California Gold Rush, building of the Transcontinental Railroad and their contributions to the American history! To find more details, please go to:

Check out the six #AAPI documentaries in honor of APA Heritage Month!

Meet 2018's emerging voices and rising stars as we kick off Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at NBC News! These individuals aren’t just reading the dictionary of what it means to be Asian American and Pacific Islander in America; they’re writing new definitions every day.

See the full list:

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