RPX is pleased to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPIHM). The effort to officially recognize Asian American and Pacific Islander contributions to the United States began in the late 1970s and took over 10 years to make it a permanent month-long celebration. In 1990, Congress expanded the observance from a week to a month. May was annually designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992 under the George H. W. Bush administration. Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month was renamed as AAPI Heritage Month in 2009.
The month of May was chosen for AAPI Heritage Month because it commemorates the immigration of the first Japanese people to the United States on May 7, 1843. May is also a significant month because it recognizes Golden Spike Day, May 10, 1869, which marks the completion of the transcontinental railroad that was built with significant contributions from Chinese workers.
This year’s theme, “Advancing Leaders Through Collaboration”, was chosen by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC) to reflect their ongoing goal to achieve a culture of openness and trust, that fosters diversity and inclusion, and allows for a variety of opinions, all of which combined lead to a thriving company.