May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. Introduced in 1977 as a weeklong commemorative period by Representatives Frank Horton (NY) and Norman Y. Mineta (CA), in 1992 AAPI Heritage week was extended into a month by law.
The month of May is significant for AAPI history as it marks the first Japanese immigration to the United States on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, by mostly Chinese immigrants, on May 10, 1869.
In honor of AAPI Heritage Month, AAAJ-Asian Law Caucus is issuing a series of graphics that highlight success stories from each of our 5 program areas. We hope that sharing these stories will serve the dual purpose of highlighting our place in a collective AAPI history and underlining our resiliency as AAPIs.
Below, our first graphic reveals a story of home, displacement, and the courage to stand up for our rights. For more information on our Housing Rights Program please contact Christina Dang at firstname.lastname@example.org.