This month, Guerra King is pleased to recognize Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and celebrate the history, heritage, and contributions those with AAPI heritage have made to enrich America’s history. This group is made up of individuals with backgrounds from Cambodia, China, India, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam, Hawaiian Islands, Midway Islands, Samoa, Guam, Fiji, and more.
In 1978, Congress passed a resolution creating Asian Pacific American Heritage Week. In 1992, it expanded the observance to a month. The heritage month is celebrated every May, specifically to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese people to the United States on May 7, 1843, and the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, which was primarily built by Chinese immigrants. It is estimated that 24 million Asian Americans and 1.6 million Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders currently live in the United States.
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic those with AAPI backgrounds faced discrimination and violence. As a result, the White House and other national organizations publicly took a stand against this hate. Hate and violence against any community, including the Asian community, is unacceptable and Guerra King stands in support of the AAPI community.