H.Res. 435: Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

H.Res. 435

Celebrating Asian Pacific American Heritage

Rep. Michael M. Honda

June 8, 2009 (111th Congress, 1st Session)

Staff Contact

Floor Situation

H.Res. 435 is being considered under suspension of the rules, requiring a two-thirds vote for passage. The legislation was introduced by Rep. Michael M. Honda (D-CA) on May 13, 2009.

Bill Summary

H.Res.435 would resolve that Congress:

  • "Recognizes that the incredible diversity of different racial and ethnic groups, including Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders, is a source of strength for the United States;
  • "Recognizes that the Asian-American and Pacific Islander community is influential and crucial to the society and culture of the United States;
  • "Reaffirms its commitment to the goals and ideals of Asian/Pacific-American Heritage Month; and
  • "Celebrates the contributions of Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders to the United States."



The selection of May as the month for Asian/Pacific-American Heritage Month was significant due to two historical events that occurred in May: first, May 7, 1843, when the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States, and second, May 10, 1869, when, the first transcontinental railroad was completed. The United States Code officially designates May as Asian/Pacific-American Heritage Month, and requests the President to issue each year a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe Asian/Pacific-American Heritage Month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities. According to the Census Bureau, an estimated 14,900,000 United States residents identify themselves as Asian, and an estimated 1,000,000 United States residents identify themselves as Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander alone or in combination with one or more other races.