Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a month-long observance dedicated to recognizing and celebrating the contributions of Pacific Islanders and Asian Americans to the history and culture of the United States. The term Asian American and Pacific Islander (sometimes abbreviated as AAPI) encompasses a diverse group of identities, including people with a heritage rooted in all Pacific Islands and all parts of Asia, including South and Southeast Asia. The term Asian American refers to a US citizen or resident of Asian birth or descent. The term Pacific Islander is used (including by the US Census Bureau and other organizations) to refer to people who were born on an island in the Pacific Ocean or trace their heritage to one. Examples of Pacific Islanders include Native Hawaiians and people of Samoan or Tongan descent. The month is often observed with educational and cultural events. It was formerly called Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. When is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month? Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is observed during May each year.
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