Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month May 2020

[Miami, FL – April 29, 2020] Joining with Miami-Dade County Asian American Advisory Board, Asian American Federation of Florida, Chinese Cultural Association, Emgage Florida, Florida Asian Women Alliance, OCA South Florida Chapter, Overseas Chinese Association of Miami, and in partnership with South Florida PBS, Florida Asian Services is delighted to celebration May Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month with a Virtual Screening of the documentary film: ASIAN AMERICANS.

The ASIAN AMERICANS Virtual Screening will be held at 7:30 pm on Wednesday, 5/6/2020. You may register to watch the screening.

Followed by a Panel Discussion: Joshua Ho – Program Director of Miami-Dade County Asian American Advisory Board, Debbie Lowe, Esq – President of Chinese Cultural Association, Winnie Tang – President of Florida Asian Services and Edward Wang – President of Overseas Chinese Association of Miami.

In addition, there is a national Digital Town Hall: A Conversation on the Asian American Experience in the time of COVID-19, to be held at 8 pm on Thursday, April 30, 2020. You may RSVP to attend the Digital Town Hall.

In every tragedy, there is always a scapegoat, and unfortunately, the COVID-19 catastrophe has caused a huge increase in Chinese/Asian hate crimes. As a result, it was imperative to bring together a panel of distinguished speakers in a Digital Town Hall on April 30, to address the threats and challenges to the Asian American community and the anti-Asian sentiment expressed in this escalation of hate crimes.

On May 11 and May 12, PBS will live stream and televise the docuseries “Asian Americans” through its affiliate stations in all 50 states. Asian Americans, a new five-part documentary series, which premiers on PBS, examines the significant role of the fastest-growing racial/ethnic group in the U.S. and explores the impact of this group on the country’s past, present and future.

The film is a timely, clear-eyed look at the vital role that Asian Americans have played in defining who they are as a nation. Their stories are a celebration of the grit and resilience of a people that reflects the experience of all Americans.

May 11 and May 12, tune in or Stream the Full 5 Episodes : ASIAN AMERICANS

We hope you and your loved-ones are safe and comfortable. While COVID-19 pandemic has caused a massive disruption in our daily lives, we are going to do our best to prevent the virus from interrupting our mission – to inform, educate, and advocate for you and the Asian American and Pacific Islander community.

Please support AAPI Heritage Month and tune in or stream to watch this important docuseries: ASIAN AMERICANS or by hosting an educational program that promotes a dialogue about the theme and the rich cultural traditions of Asian Americans and immigrants in the United States.

Census 2020 – Please don’t forget to be counted: online – my2020census.gov, by phone – 1-844-330-2020, by mail – returning the complete paper questionnaire with enclosed pre-postage envelopment.

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), celebrating the achievements and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.
History of APAHM / AAPIHM
In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage week. The following month, Senators Daniel K. Inouye and Spark Matsunaga from Hawaii introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed and on October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration.
In 1990, President George H. W. Bush signed a bill passed by Congress to extend the week-long celebration to a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.
The month of May was chosen to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants 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.