Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated annually during the month of May. In 1978, the U.S. Congress passed a joint proclamation declaring the first week in May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.” Presidents continued to issue annual proclamations until 1992. That year, Congress passed and Pres. George H.W. Bush signed Public Law 102-450. The law annually designated May as the month to celebrate the contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans to the country.

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