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May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM). Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month is an opportunity to recognize the diverse culture of Asian Americans and the accomplishments and contributions they have made.

In 1978 Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May (May 1-10). This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869. In 1990 Congress voted to expand it from a week to a month long celebration and in May 1992, the month of May was permanently designated as "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month."

APAHM was officially proclaimed "Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month" by President Barack Obama in 2012, a celebration of the culture, traditions, and history of Asians Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States.(whitehouse.gov/aapiexternal link icon )

For relevant information regarding this month, view the following website (cprr.org/Museum/Chinese.htmlexternal link icon ).


Tai Chi Classes

Scheduled Weekly

Student Alumni Center (SAC)
Wednesday and Thursday, 12:00-1:00pm
Instructors: Dr. Roni Engle and Bill Brescia
Please view the Fitness Center SchedulePDF icon for more class information.

"Dances of Life" PBS Documentary

930 Madison Plaza Conference Room C-1
Thursday May 9, 2013 9:30 a.m.- 11:00 a.m. and
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Presented by OED

Taste of “Asian/Pacific American Heritage”

Enjoy lunch at SODEXO Dining Services


Friday May 10: East Asia (China/Japan)
Beef and Broccoli LoMein
Chinese Broccoli with Oyster Sauce
Pork Pot Stickers
Fortune Cookies

Friday May 17: Pacific Region (Hawaiian)
Oven Roasted Kalua Pork Hawaiian Glazed Veggie M
Hawaiian Luau Sweet Potatoes
Pineapple Upside Down Cake

Friday May 24: South Asian (India)
Madrasi Chicken
Vegetable Biryani
Naan Kheer (Basmati Rice Pudding with almonds and pistachio's)

Thursday May 30: East Asian (Thai)
Chicken and Lemon Grass Curry
Tofu Pad Thai
Crab Rangoons
Thai Coconut Rice Pudding