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WHAT IS IT?
Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is celebrated in May in recognition of the contributions made by people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States.
The Army joins the nation in honoring Americans of Asian and Pacific Islander descent for their military and civilian service within the department. These individuals have proudly served in America's Army from the Civil War to current operations all around the world.
The "Asian-American and Pacific Islander" designation encompasses more than 50 ethnic or language groups, including native Hawaiians and other Pacific Islanders. There are now more recognized Asian and Pacific Islander groups than in the past, with 28 Asian and 19 Pacific Islander subgroups representing a vast array of languages and cultures.
The observance began when Congress passed a joint congressional resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian Pacific 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 in 1843.
•The completion of the transcontinental railroad.
WHAT HAS THE ARMY DONE?
Army leaders sustain force capability by properly seeking out, accessing, developing and fully utilizing the individual talents and backgrounds of Soldiers.
Army leadership values the honorable service of all the Service members. In May, a special acknowledgment of Asian and Pacific American Service members, past and present, is prioritized.
Army leadership at installations and National Guard/Army Reserve locations will focus on recognizing Soldiers and civilians of Asian and Pacific Islander descent and their past exploits to present day mission support. The goal is to raise awareness and understanding of their service and sacrifice made throughout history.
Army Reserve Soldier honors and continues grandfather's legacy
May 26, 2020 - Sgt. 1st Class Pamela Ayaay, the 335th Signal Command (T) (P) chief paralegal noncommissioned officer in charge, knew that her grandfather served in the Philippine Army. However, she recently discovered that they share more in common with their military service. Retired Lt. Col. Antonio Ayaay served in the Philippine Army during World War II in the Judge Advocate General (JAG) Corps, just like his granddaughter.
U.S. Army Reserve Soldier reflects on how heritage has shaped her service
May 17, 2019 - An example of someone who personifies the Army values in addition to celebrating her Asian/Pacific-Islander heritage is U.S. Army Reserve Spc. Bichthuy Truong, a Vietnamese American and transportation management coordinator from the 804th Movement Control Team, based in Tacoma, Washington, who joined for tuition assistance among many other reasons.
Legacy of service inspires at Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance
May 29, 2018 - Honor, tradition and legacy are a significant part of what it means to be part of the U.S. Army. Everyone has a different story, and this Asian-American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month presented an opportunity for a particularly inspiring one.
Stories of Asian-American and Pacific Islander heritage shared at Fort McCoy
May 23, 2018 - The contributions of Asian-Americans, Pacific Islanders, and other ethnic and cultural groups are essential to the United States’ heritage and success as a country, said Maj. Eline D. Moeolo-Tuitele at Fort McCoy’s Asian-American/Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance May 17 at McCoy’s Community Center.
7th MSC, Rheinland-Pfalz celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month
May 12, 2017 - The 7th Mission Support Command and U.S. Army Garrison Rheinland-Pfalz celebrated Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month Thursday with dancing, food and fellowship.
Army Reserve soldiers celebrate Asian and Pacific Heritage Month
May 8, 2015 - The 85th Support Command Equal Opportunity office hosted an Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month observance, during the command’s weekend battle assembly training, with a special performance by the Barefoot Hawaiian, a local Hawaiian performing arts company based in Des Plaines, Illinois, May 2.
Army Reserve officer shares her story during Asian/Pacific Heritage Month
May 7, 2015 - Second Lieutenant Jiaru Bryar traveled on a journey across 10,000 miles, experiencing different cultures; expanding on her education; becoming a US citizen; achieving her bachelors and masters degree; obtaining a career in the federal government; and one day realized that she had just become a soldier in the U.S. Army.
Vietnamese-American Army Reserve Soldiers
April 28, 2015 - For Asian-American and Pacific-Islander Heritage Month, three Vietnamese-American Army Reserve Soldiers serving with the Army Reserve Medical Command spoke about the journey they and their families took to America and how they think about the Vietnam War.
• CMH: Asian/Pacific-Americans in the U.S. Army
• Asian-Pacific American Servicewomen in Defense of a Nation
• Go For Broke: National Education Center
• Smithsonian: A More Perfect Union - Japanese Americans & The U.S. Constitution
• The Library of Congress: Asian Pacific Americans: Going for Broke
Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month