Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Asian Pacific Americans, a term that encompasses many ethnic groups, worked tirelessly to build a national railroad infrastructure, paving the way for western expansion. The first Asian Pacific Heritage Week was celebrated in 1979, in response to little or no recognition of this population in the 1976 bicentennial celebrations. By 1990, the celebration was a month long and then made official in 1992. For more information visit http://www.capaa.wa.gov/. For a time-line of selected dates and events for Asian Pacific American’s history visit the following website located on the State of Washington Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (CAPPA) http://www.capaa.wa.gov/data/timeline.shtml.
Jewish American Heritage Month
In 2006, President George W. Bush designated May as the month to teach about Jewish history and culture and to recognize the important contributions of Jewish Americans to U.S. history. For more information visit http://www.jewishheritage.us/.
From Yvonne Montoya-Zamora, Community Colleges of Spokane