NBC4 proudly celebrates the diversity of our community by commemorating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The month of May is designated as a time to recognize, appreciate and celebrate all the contributions of our Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.
Why was May picked as the official heritage month? According to the Library of Congress, it was chosen "to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants."
NBC4 will air a half-hour special on Saturday, May 10, 2014, at 7:30 p.m. on Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Hosted by Eun Yang and Angie Goff, the special will share the stories of influential Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, all with deep roots here in the Washington area.