Purdue University and the Asian American and Asian Resource and Cultural Center (AAARCC) is celebrating Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month during the latter part of April and into the month of May.
AAPI Heritage Month originated in 1992 when then New York Congressmen Frank Hortin introduced the bill calling for the month of May to receive the designation. May was selected for two reasons: First, to commemorate the arrival of the first known Japanese immigrant to the U.S. on May 7, 1843; secondly, to honor the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, which upwards of 20,000 Chinese workers helped to construct. The month pays tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched the United States history and are instrumental in its future success.
To celebrate, the AAARCC continues its tradition of sharing stories of Asian American and Pacific Islander Boilermakers to highlight their early and ongoing positive impact on our campus community and beyond.