Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
For the month of May, the Your Story Our Story featured collection honors Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Originally a heritage week started by Congress in 1978, the celebration extended to a month beginning in 1992. May was selected because of the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May of 1869. In his entry about a photograph taken at the site in Utah that joined the eastern and western lines of this railroad, Corky Lee explores the contributions of Chinese workers. He writes “If Chinese helped build the railroad, why were they not in the photo? It is this type of historical absence that has inspired my work to make more visible the experiences of Asian Americans.” From stories of small businesses and grassroots organizing, to stories of survival and resistance to exclusionary immigration laws; this collection continues filling gaps in American history and honoring the contributions of Americans of Asian descent across the United States.