Asian American Pacific Islander Focus


The month of May marks the beginning of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Month. National and local events are planned as a tribute to the phenomenal accomplishments and impact on America.

The month of May marks the beginning of Asian-American and Pacific Islander Month.  In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869.

In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration that is now known as Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Per a 1997 U.S. Office of Management and Budget directive, the Asian or Pacific Islander racial category was separated into two categories: one being Asian and the other Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander.


In honor of Asian-American Pacific Islander Heritage Month, the U.S. Census Bureau compiled a wide-range of demographic and economic statistics on our nation's Asian-American and Pacific Islander populations. 

According to data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s 2012 Survey of Business Owners, there are 1.9 million Asian American and Pacific Islander-owned businesses that employ 3.6 million people and garner $699.5 billion in revenue.

By the year 2044, people of color will make up a majority of the U.S. population. These demographic shifts are diversifying the face of American businesses

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U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency will host its 2nd Annual National AAPI Business Summit on Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

The 2017 National Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Business Summit is organized by the Minority Business Development Agency in collaboration with the National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE). The purpose of the National AAPI Businesses Summit is to celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander business success and address issues facing AAPI businesses across the nation in the areas of access to contracts, capital, and global markets.

The summit will provide opportunities to hear from successful AAPI business owners, share best practices on collaboration with federal and private corporations, and learn about government services available to support the growth of their businesses.

The National AAPI Business Summit is part of ongoing outreach efforts led by the WHIAAPI, which is housed within the Department of Education, to improve the quality of life and opportunities for AAPIs by facilitating increased access to and participation in federal programs, where AAPIs remain underserved.

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On Wednesday, May 17, 2017 the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC) and congressional leadership will celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at the U.S. Capitol Visitor Center.

Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus, a bicameral caucus of Members of Congress advocating on behalf of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, is composed of a record high 41 Members this year, including Senate President Pro Tempore Daniel K. Inouye of Hawaii, the highest ranking Asian American in United States history.

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