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Posted on: May 5, 2022

May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

AAPIH Month News Flash

May is Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. We will be commemorating this month with special flags at City facilities and special presentations and events. In the early 1900's, before the discovery of oil, Japanese farmers thrived on Signal Hill, growing cucumbers and other produce. They also grew flowers, including zinnias, which is now the official City flower. We honor their contributions to our community both then and now.

AAPI Heritage Month became law in 1992, Congress passed a law which annually designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. 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. Learn more at AsianPacificHeritage.gov.

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