Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in May

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month — an annual celebration of the nation’s 20 million Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders — begins today, May 1.

About 50,000 Postal Service employees identify as being Asian, Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. This represents approximately 7.9 percent of our workforce.

The organization celebrates the contributions of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders through its stamp program. This year includes the Year of the Boar, the latest and final entry in the Celebrating Lunar New Year series.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is observed in May primarily for two reasons: The nation’s first Japanese immigrants arrived May 7, 1843, and the transcontinental railroad was completed May 10, 1869. Most of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

The Asian Pacific American Heritage Month site has more information.

Earlier this year, Manager, Marketing Juan Nadal (left) presented a Year of the Boar stamp enlargement to Chinese Cultural Foundation President Peter Liu (right) at a Lunar New Year celebration at Miami Dade South. Photo: Miami Customer Relations Coordinator Mirtha Uriarte

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