APAHM: Enter to win a free book this week!

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Enter to win a copy of Water Tossing Boulders: How a Family of Chinese Immigrants Led the First Fight to Desegregate Schools in the Jim Crow South by Adrienne Berard.

To win, follow these instructions:

  1. View “Untold America—The Untold Story of the Mississippi Delta Chinese” HERE. The video is about eight minutes long.
  2. Answer a couple of questions HERE.
  3. We will notify you on the afternoon of Friday, May 24, if you have won a copy!

May is Asian Pacific American Heritage month— an opportunity to celebrate the history, culture, and contributions of Asian and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

APA Heritage has been legally observed in the month of May since 1979 but was initially only celebrated May 4th through May 10th.  Congress chose this seven-day period to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843 and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the trans-continental railroad on May 10, 1869.  The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.  In 1990, the celebration was expanded to include the entire month of May.

“Asian Pacific” encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.  It becomes increasingly important to acknowledge our cultures and build our historical awareness as Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans contribute to the diversity of both our the UTHSC community and our national community.