Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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.

Events & Exhibits

10th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Celebration

May 8 from 10 AM – 4 PM

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.

Cultural Demonstrations 

  • 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

Free with Museum admission.

A Discussion of Federal Resources on Addressing Anti-Asian Racism

by US Dept of Labor, Wage and Hour Division
May 11, 2021, at 11 AM 

The federal agencies of the WHIAAPI South Central Regional Network invite you to join us during Asian Pacific American Heritage Month for a panel discussion on anti-Asian racism and xenophobia. 

Register Here

The Smithsonian American Art Museum's Chiura Obata: American Modern Exhibition

This exhibition features 150 paintings and personal effects by one of the most significant California-based artists and Japanese American cultural leaders of the twentieth century.

Ansel Adams's Photographs of Japanese-American Internment at Manzanar

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.

Asian Pacific Americans: Going for Broke | Stories from the Veterans History Project

Asian Pacific Americans made lasting contributions to America's wartime efforts. Collected stories highlight their service from World War II, Korea, Vietnam, and Iraq.

Smithsonian APA Presents "OUR STORIES" Presenting and Preserving Native Hawaiian & Pacific Islander Stories

The Our Stories Digital Storytelling Initiative is to support the dissemination and perpetuation of Native Hawaiian and Pacific Island cultures through the media arts.

The NISEI Soldier - Congressional Gold Metal Documentary

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

Additional Information & Resources

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Site from the National Archives

The National Archives holds a wealth of material documenting the Asian and Pacific Islanders' experience, and highlights these resources online, in programs, and through traditional and social media.

Educational Resources for Teachers

Browse ready-to-use lesson plans, student activities, collection guides, and research aids. 

Educational Websites