Sheppard kicks off Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The goal of this Observance is to enhance cross-cultural awareness and promote diversity among all military members. This year's theme is "Unite our voices by speaking together."

May is Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The goal of this Observance is to enhance cross-cultural awareness and promote diversity among all military members. This year's theme is "Unite our voices by speaking together."

SHEPPARD AIR FORCE BASE, Texas --

In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Congressional Resolution which established Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to commemorate two mile stones in Asian/Pacific American history.

These events were the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad of which the majority of the workers were Chinese.

In 1990, President George H. W. Bush dispensed a proclamation labeling May of that year as the very first Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

The goal of this observance is to enhance cross-cultural awareness and promote diversity among all military members, civilian employees, retirees, the civilian community and family members.

This year’s theme is “Unite our voices by speaking together.”

Multiple events will be held at Sheppard AFB this month:

-          On May 9, 2017, there will be a cultural board at the Solid Rock Café starting at 3 p.m.

-          On May 19, 2017, there will be an origami and chopstick lesson at the Youth Center starting at 12:30 p.m.

-          On May 31, 2017, there will be an Asian and pacific food tasting event at the Solid Rock Café starting at 11 a.m.

For more information on Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month, go to http://asianpacificheritage.gov/