May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. This month, Wellington pays tribute to the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America's history and are instrumental in its future success.
A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji, and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru, and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia, and Easter Island).
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a rich heritage thousands of years old and have both shaped the history of the United States and had their lives dramatically influenced by moments in its history.
Message from Wellington's Village Manager
Wellington's Village Manager, Jim Barnes, highlights the significance of celebrating the heritage and vital contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders to the American Story.
How May Become Known as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
Watch this video to learn the history of how May came to be known as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.
Enjoy a day of dancing, music, costumes, and more as we celebrate the 10th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month at MODS! Take a class in the visual dance form of hula, experience the thrill of fire dancers performing their art form that has been around for hundreds of years, and get your creative juices flowing at our make-and-take Polynesian arts and crafts stations.
Live Music: Hawaii/Tahiti/Samoa
Featured Performances by Polynesian Proud
Live Polynesian Drumming
Samoan Fire Knife Dance
Remarks by City of Fort Lauderdale Mayor Dean J. Trantalis at 11 AM
In 1943, Ansel Adams, America's most well-known photographer, documented the Manzanar War Relocation Center in California and the Japanese-Americans interned there during World War II. For the first time, digital scans of both Adams's original negatives and his photographic prints appear side by side allowing viewers to see Adams's darkroom technique, in particular, how he cropped his prints.
Honoring the Japanese American World War II soldiers who fought in the service of the United States
This documentary presents the extraordinary life stories of 12 Nisei soldiers who served in the US Armed Forces in World War II. While some had families in America’s concentration camps, all served with a highly uncommon and commendable sense of patriotism and honor. This is their American story.
American Story: Japanese American WWII Soldiers and the Congressional Gold Medal