Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated in May to commemorate the contributions of people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent in the United States. The 129th Rescue Wing's Asian Pacific American Council celebrated APAHM with an APA Heritage luncheon May 2, 2010 at Moffett Federal Airfield, Calif. Senior Airman Sarah Fepuleai, a supply management journeyman with the 129th Logistics Readiness Squadron and America-Samoa native, is the APA Council Chairman at the 129th RQW. She performed a traditional taulaga dances along with members of the Adrian Wilcox High School Polynesian Club. The purpose of this observation is to honor the achievements of Asian-Pacific Americans. Airmen are encouraged to take time to celebrate the dedicated service and contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans, both past and present, to the country and the Air Force. In June 1977, Congress introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, a similar bill was introduced in the Senate. Both were passed. On Oct. 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution designating the annual celebration. In May 1990, the holiday was expanded further when President George H. W. Bush designated May to be Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.