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Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first 10 days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week.

The following month, Sens. Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the weeklong celebration into a monthlong celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

For more information, visit the Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month Website.

Asian Heritage Street Celebration

The Asian Heritage Street Celebration is held every year on the third Saturday in May in San Francisco. The Asian Heritage Street Celebration (AHSC) is organized by the AsianWeek Foundation in cooperation with over 250 organizations in the Asian American community. The AsianWeek Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)3 committed to developing the voices of Asian Americans and bringing together the community.

Celebrate the 9th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Street Celebration on May 18, 2014, in the Civic Center/Little Saigon District of San Francisco!

For more information, visit the Asian Heritage Street Celebration Website.

Chinatown Annual Moon Festival

Moon Festival celebrations, though still relatively new to the U.S., have been held throughout Asia for well over 1,000 years. This holiday is a time to reflect upon the bounty of the summer harvest, the fullness of the moon and the myth of the immortal moon goddess, Chang O, who lives in the moon. The Moon Festival is sort of a "Chinese Thanksgiving" because of its spirit of gratitude and its inclusion of abundant food — including the popular moon cake.

Moon cakes are flaky, round, semisweet pastries often filled with bean or lotus-seed paste and topped with a duck egg, echoing the shape of the full moon. Many millions of moon cakes are gifted around the time of the Moon Festival.

For two days, Saturday and Sunday, San Francisco Chinatown on historic Grant Avenue will be filled with attractive arts and crafts booths, cultural exhibits, children's activities, food, corporate sponsors and nonstop entertainment.

For more information, visit the San Francisco Chinatown Moon Festival Website.

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