How could I forget? May marks Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, which celebrates the histories of Americans hailing from across the Asian continent and from the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.
This year’s theme, selected by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council, is “Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration,” which builds on a leadership advancement theme series that began last year.
The legislation to annually designate May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month referenced two key dates: May 7 and May 10.
May 7, 1843, marks the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States. And May 10, 1869, or Golden Spike Day, recognizes the completion of the first transcontinental railroad in the U.S., which had significant contributions from Chinese workers.
My paternal grandfather arrived in Los Angeles in 1896, at the age of 16. I thank him every day for coming to the U.S.