May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, an annual celebration of the contributions of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. The month celebrates all of the Asian continent and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originally began as a weeklong celebration from May 4 to May 10 in 1979. This specific week was chosen with the intention of commemorating the 7th and 10th of May. These dates are significant as May 7, 1843, is the day noted as the immigration of the first Japanese person to the United States. May 10th was also chosen to be commemorated during this week as this was the anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion in 1896, a project where the majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

The celebration became a month-long observance in 1990 when Congress passed a law extending the observance. In 1992, May was officially designated Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Dacula Branch

Celebrating Asian Pacific Heritage Month: The Philippines and Butterflies | Tuesday, May 10 @ 5 p.m.

Pan-Asian Heritage Night | Monday, May 16 @ 6 p.m.

Duluth Branch

Adult Cozy Mystery Book Club | Thursday, May 19 @ 11 a.m.

GCPL Presents: Atlanta Chinese Dance Company | Saturday, May 21 @ 11 a.m.

Sakura: Cherry Blossom, A Shared Asian Tradition in America | Tuesday, May 24 @ 4 p.m.

Five Forks Branch

Japanese Woodblock Printing | Wednesday, May 11 @ 6 p.m.

Mountain Park Branch

A History of Senbazuru: 1000 paper cranes | Tuesday, May 10 @ 5 p.m.

Norcross Branch

Peachtree Corners Branch

Preschool Storytime | Thursday, May 12 @ 10:30 a.m.

Go: The Oldest Game | Wednesday, May 18 @ 10 a.m.

Panels & Perspectives: Asian & Asian American History in Graphic Novels | Friday, May 20 @ 12 p.m.

Meet the Author: Poet Adrienne Su – In Conversation with Professor Lee Brewer Jones | Thursday, May 26 @ 7 p.m.