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HISTORY of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

In June 1977, Representative Frank Horton (New York) and Representative Norman Mineta (California) proclaimed in a House Resolution that the first 10 days of May to be Asian Heritage Week. In May 1990, President George H.W. Bush extended the recognition and designated the entire month of May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. During his term, President Barack Obama reiterated this declaration.


Asian Pacific American Heritage Association (APAHA) was formed in Houston in 1992 to “promote awareness and increase understanding of the Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures and its diversity through education and celebration,” focusing on the month of May, which is celebrated nationally as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and continuing throughout the year.

Making a strong positive contribution to our community, APAHA collaborates with varied community and educational organizations and provides ongoing educational, cultural and scholarship programs through the greater Houston area. APAHA is a nonprofit 501( c ) ( 3 ) organization and registered in the State of Texas.

Mission Statement

To recognize and promote the accomplishments of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and our heritage through education and celebration.

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