Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM) is celebrated in May to commemorate the contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May. 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. Congress later voted to expand it from a week long to a month long celebration. - Wikipedia
NBC4 recognizes and celebrates the contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans with our essay/photo contest for high school students. The topic: “Why Is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Important?”
For more information on the contest, please click on the rules link below. All essay entries must be received by Monday, May 17, 2010 for judging consideration, and must be accompanied by an application.