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Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The National Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the Asian and Pacific Islander experience, and it highlights these resources online, in programs, and through traditional and social media. You can help make more records accessible by becoming a citizen archivist. Find out more about transcribing and tagging Chinese heritage records from the exclusion era.

Genealogy Series

The 2024 Genealogy Series begins May 21 and continues through June 25. Two sessions will examine records relating to immigrants and Japanese Americans.

  • June 18 at 1 p.m. ET – Alien Files (A-Files): Researching Immigrant Ancestors at the National Archives
  • June 25 at 1 p.m. ET – World War II Enemy Alien Records Related to Japanese Americans at the National Archives





Additional Resources


Education Updates: The Importance of Local Stories: Oregon Students Discover the Courageous Work and Life of Minoru Yasui

Education Updates: Questioning Chinese Exclusion: The “Chinese Village” at the 1899 National Export Exposition

Education Updates: Suspending the Right of Due Process: Japanese-American Relocation during World War II

Education Updates: Primary Sources Show How the Chinese Exclusion Act Was Applied

Forward with Roosevelt: Found in the Archives: 1934 Hawaiian Visit

History Hub: San Francisco INS Office Records 

History Hub: Honolulu INS Office Filing System

Hoover Heads: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Not Quite American

Hoover Heads: State Dinner at the Hoover White House for the King and Queen of Siam

The JFK Library Archives: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: Searching for a “Hidden Figure”

The JFK Library Archives: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: Dalip Singh Saund

The JFK Library Archives: Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: Solving an Archival Mystery

National Archives News: National Archives at Riverside Collaborates With California Universities to Digitize Chinese Heritage Records

National Archives News: Chinese American Actress’s Story Illustrates ‘Othering’ of Immigrants

National Archives News: After Atlanta Shooting, Author Revisits Killing of Vincent Chin

Pieces of History: Manuel Quezon and the Push for Philippine Independence

Pieces of History: Protesting Statehood: Hawaiian Women’s Petition Against Annexation

Pieces of History: Chinese Exclusion and the 1899 National Export Exposition: Imagining the View from Inside an Ethnographic Showcase

Pieces of History: 19th Amendment at 100: Mabel Ping-Hua Lee

Pieces of History: Asian/Pacific American History: Learning our Legacy

Pieces of History: National Archives-Thai Friendship

Pieces of History: Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files and the USCIS Master Index

Text Message: Sau Ung Loo Chan, An Advocate for American Citizenship and Immigrant Rights, by AANHPI records Subject Matter Expert Ruth Chan

Text Message: The Past is the Present in the Asian American/Pacific Islander Records Aggregation Project

Text Message: Bringing the Past to Light through the Chinese Exclusion Act Case Files

Text Message: Asian/Pacific American History: Learning Our Legacy

Text Message: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Highlights: Duke Kahanamoku

Text Message: Honoring Notable Asian Pacific Americans for APA Heritage Month

Text Message: James Wong Howe: Hollywood’s Ace Cinematographer

Unwritten Record: Dong Kingman: Watercolor Master

Unwritten Record: Go for Broke: The 442nd Infantry Regiment

Unwritten Record: Korean War Refugees in Signal Corps Films

Unwritten Record: A Colorful Chinese New Year Celebration, 1964

Unwritten Record: Fractured Ideals: Japanese American Internment through a Government Lens


Playlist of short videos to celebrate Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Author Erika Lee discusses her book The Making of Asian America, October 2, 2015

A Conversation with George Takei: George Takei in Hyde Park, February 19, 2017

Japanese American Internment Teachable Moment video from the FDR Library

Oh, the Stories They Tell: Chinese Exclusion Acts Case Files at the National Archives