History of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPI) Month

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To close out Asian American and Pacific Island (AAPI) Heritage Month, I’d thought it'd be great to highlight the contributions Asian Americans had made. Here are just some of the many that have contributed to American society:

Amanda Nguyen--Nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2019 for creating the Sexual Assault Survivors’ Act of 2016 which guarantees survivors a rape kit at no cost, and requires all kits to be preserved for 20 years¹. 

Dr. Chien-Shiung Wu--Played a key role in doing research for the Manhattan Project and for contributing to the physics, biology, and medicine field². 

Wong Kim Ark--Famous for challenging the United States in the case, United States v. Wong Kim Ark, Wong Kim Ark helped establish the 14th Amendment which guarantee all people born in the United States citizenship³.

Larry Itliong--Organized the Delano Grape Strike in 1965 which would eventually lead to the creation of the United Farm Workers⁴ . 

1. Yuko, Elizabeth. “8 Groundbreaking Contributions by Asian Americans Through History.” History.com. A&E Television Networks, March 31, 2021. https://www.history.com/news/asian-american-inventions-contributions.

2. “Strength in Diversity – Celebrating Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month.” Energy.gov. Accessed May 28, 2021. https://www.energy.gov/articles/strength-diversity-celebrating-asian-american-pacific-islander-herit....

3. “CAPAC Marks Anniversary of Pivotal Supreme Court Ruling on Citizenship.” CAPAC Marks Anniversary of Pivotal Supreme Court Ruling on Citizenship | Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus (CAPAC). CAPAC. Accessed May 28, 2021. https://capac-chu.house.gov/press-release/capac-marks-anniversary-pivotal-supreme-court-ruling-citiz....

4. “10 Influential Asian American and Pacific Islander Activists.” Biography.com. A&E Networks Television, May 11, 2021. https://www.biography.com/news/asian-american-pacific-islander-activists.