Yuba College Honors and Recognizes the achievements and contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made to our Nation. In October 1978 President Carter declared the first Asian/Pacific Heritage week in May 1979. On May 7, 1990, President George HW Bush expanded the celebration from a week to a month. May was chosen as the month to celebrate AAPI month because it was the first time Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States and the transcontinental railroad was also completed in the month of May. The AAPI community consists of laborers, scientists, business owners, military members, doctors, lawyers, politicians, and much more. Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month encourages educators, students, and families to learn about the heritage and achievements of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders through appropriate programs and activities.

Recommended Films/Documentaries by Yuba College (available now on YC Kanopy)

  • The Paper Tigers
  • Lucky Grandma
  • The Farewell
  • The Donut King
  • Meet the Patels

Recommended Books by Yuba College (available for check-out at YC Marysville Library)

  • Minor Feelings: An Asian American reckoning
  • The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan
  • On earth we are briefly gorgeous by Ocean Vuong
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

Printable April Activities

Activities coordinated through the IE Center, planned with

ASYC, Ruth Catalan, Crystal Garcia, Chrystal Gillming, and Anabel Toche