Stephen F. Austin State University

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

• AAPIHM is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders arriving to the United States
• In 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450, which annually designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month
• 1.5 million of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination residents of the United States in 2016
• 7.5% of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination military veterans in 2016
• 22.3% of the Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander alone or in combination population age 25 and older who had a bachelor's degree or higher in 2016
• 50% Asian Americans age 25 and up have graduated from college, nearly double the U.S. average of 28 percent. However, just 15 percent of Pacific Islanders have bachelor's degrees
Asian/Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).
Famous Asian Pacific American Celebrities: Dwayne Johnson, Sandra Oh, Nicole Scherzinger, Keanu Reeves, Bruno Mars, Yoko Ono

Spring 2020 Celebration

Due to COVID-19, the Office of Multicultural Affairs will celebrate Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month on Tuesday, April 21st at 3 p.m. via Zoom. The celebration will include a trivia and other ways for attendees to win prizes!
2019 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration