National Archives News

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asia Pacific image collection banner graphic

May is Asian American 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.

The theme for 2021 is Advancing Leaders Through Purpose-Driven Service



Flickr images

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month photos and documents from the National Archives.

Additional Resources


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

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

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

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


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