Celebrating Asian American and Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)

May 24, 2022

May is Asian American and Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), where we recognize, celebrate, and honor the contributions of Asian American and Pacific Islanders (AAPI) and embrace AAPI communities that have enriched our country for generations. First established in 1979 and then reaffirmed by Congress in 1992, APAHM was created to highlight the rich histories of Asian immigrants within the United States and acknowledge the resiliency of Asian and Pacific Islander communities throughout a history in an often unjust and inequitable America.  

The label Asian Americans was coined by Yuji Ichikoka in the 1960s to give a political voice for those coming from the broad swath of countries deemed “Asia”. Asian Americans have played, and continue to play, an important role in shaping farming and food culture in America. Their contributions to the American agricultural and culinary landscape are reflected in our farms and on our plates today.

Resources to celebrate APAHM: