apida heritage month

APIDA Heritage Month

Dear SDSU Community,

This May, let us come together as a community to amplify Asian Pacific Islander Desi American (APIDA) histories. The theme for this year is “Unity in Community.”

Since the late 1970s, May has been recognized as a month to celebrate APIDA people, heritage, and history. This is a nation-wide celebration to amplify the experiences, contributions and achievements of APIDA communities.

The month of May was chosen because it commemorated the arrival of the first Japanese immigrant to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869, which was made possible by the critical contributions of Chinese laborers. APIDA History and Heritage Month is dedicated to examining and honoring the important roles APIDA communities have played in shaping U.S. culture and history. Today it also serves as a call to be united as a community against anti-Asian hate and oppression.