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.

Buford-Sugar Hill Branch

Hobbies | The Art of Origami | Tuesday, May 9 @ 5:30 pm

Centerville Branch

Adult D.E.A.R – AAPI | Wednesday, May 3 @ 6 pm

Community | For the Culture: Japanese Haikus | Tuesday, May 30 @ 4 pm

Duluth Branch

Sakura Cherry Blossom: A Shared Asian Tradition in America | Tuesday, May 9 @ 6 pm

Dacula Branch

(I.D.E.A.): Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage | Tuesday, May 16 @ 4 pm

Snellville Branch

Culinary Arts | Cooking Basics – AAPI Heritage Month | Thursday, May 18 @ 5 pm

Gaming | Go for Absolute Beginners | Tuesday, May 23 @ 6 pm

Book Club | Snellville Book Club – AAPI Heritage Month | Tuesday, May 30 @ 6:30 pm

Suwanee Branch

Education | History Seekers – Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month | Wednesday, May 17 @ 4 pm

AAPI month: Children’s Day! | Wednesday, May 24 @ 4 pm

Asian and Pacific Islander Public Policy Discussion

Norcross Branch – Saturday, May 6 @ 11 am

Community | Unity through Understanding – Discover the Mandir Hindu Temple and Hinduism

BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir – Wednesday, May 10 @ 4 pm

Book Club | ATL Reads Virtual Book Club

Book Talk | Understanding Generational Trauma – Through Literature and Archives