Celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

This month, Benefits.gov is proud to celebrate the 24th year of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM). This commemorative time celebrates the culture, traditions, and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the U.S. This demographic includes American citizens with heritage from all the countries in the Asian continent, along with countries in the Pacific islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia.

In 1977, APAHM began as a 10-day observance in the beginning of May. The holiday was extended to a month in 1992, when Congress passed Public Law 102-450, which officially designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month each year. May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese citizen to the U.S. on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants. For more history, events, and information on APAHM, visit AsianPacificHeritage.gov.

Benefits.gov offers information on many government benefits Asian/Pacific Americans in need may be eligible for.

You may be interested in some of the following benefit programs listed below.

These housing programs help low-income families find rental assistance and housing repair benefits:

Other benefits offers information on healthcare services for low-income families looking for assistance:

Lastly, the Harry S. Truman Scholarship is a merit-based award offered to Asian/Pacific Americans who wish to go to graduate school in preparation for a career in government, the non-profit sector, or elsewhere in public service.

Benefits.gov is the official benefits website of the U.S. government and offers information on programs for all American citizens in need. As always, we encourage you to use and share our free, confidential Benefit Finder to find information on over 1,200 benefit and assistance programs that you may be eligible to receive.

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