Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage and World No Tobacco Day

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In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating Asian-Pacific Heritage Week in May, which was expanded by President George H. W. Bush into a month-long celebration starting in 1992. Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month is a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States and their contributions to history and society. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island). World No Tobacco Day is also observed every year on May 31st in the U.S. and around the world.

Last Updated: 12-25-2013
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