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Asian Pacific American Month

Annual observance began May 1

Kam Mak and Y. Ping Sun with Year of the Boar artwork
Stamp artist Kam Mak and Y. Ping Sun, a Rice University representative, stand near Year of the Boar artwork at this year’s Celebrating Lunar New Year stamp dedication ceremony.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is being celebrated in May.

The annual observation recognizes the contributions of the nation’s 20 million Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

About 49,400 Postal Service employees — approximately 7.8 percent of the USPS workforce — identify as being Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander.

The organization celebrates the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through its stamp program. For example, Year of the Boar is the latest entry in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series, which honors an important holiday in many Asian cultures.

Congress designated May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992. The observance is held in May to mark the May 1843 arrival of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States, and the May 1869 completion of the transcontinental railroad. Most of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

The Asian Pacific American Heritage Month site has more information.

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