What is APAHM?

APAHM stands for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. It was first designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week by President Carter under Public Law 95-419 in 1978. In 1992, it was designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by President Bush under Public Law 102-450.

This is a time for many Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPIs) to reflect on our history here in the U.S. and also celebrate our culture and heritage. It’s a month full of joyous activities as well as remembering some challenges in U.S. history such as the Chinese Exclusion Act. President Trump proclaimed May 2018 as APAHM by recognizing the tremendous contributions that AAPIs such as Kalpana Chawla and Susan Ahn Cuddy have made to our communities and nation.

The U.S. Federal government will take part in these festivities by hosting events in commemoration of APAHM so keep your eyes on the lookout for events across our nation’s capital and the country! The U.S. Department of Education will be hosting two events this month through the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (WHIAAPI). WHIAAPI works to improve the quality of life for Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders across the nation through increased access to and participation in federal programs. Learn more about our mission.

The first event is the 2018 National Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Business Summit, organized in partnership with the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) at the U.S. Department of Commerce and National Asian/Pacific Islander American Chamber of Commerce & Entrepreneurship (National ACE). The purpose of the 2018 National AAPI Business Summit is to celebrate Asian American & Pacific Islander business successes and to open doors to new opportunities.

The Summit will gather hundreds of AAPI business owners and community members to interact with government agencies. The program will include successful AAPI business owners who will share best practices on collaboration with federal and private corporations. Participants will learn about government services available to support the growth of their businesses and have plenty of networking opportunities. The event will be on May 15th from 7:30 am – 5:00 pm. Register here by May 10th.

The second event is WHIAAPI’s Community Leaders Forum, which will be held on May 17th from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. This forum will provide an opportunity for community leaders to engage with senior level federal officials to discuss issues currently impacting the AAPI community. The forum will include roundtable discussions on the following areas of focus:

  • Education and Career Development
  • Healthcare and Housing
  • Workforce Leadership
  • Immigration
  • Economic Development and Jobs

To participate in the Community Leaders Forum, register here!

Keep up with what WHIAAPI is doing this month by following our blog.

Have a wonderful Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month!


Holly Ham is the Executive Director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

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