Asian Pacific Islanders Heritage Month at Foothill College
WELCOME! This guide provides students, faculty and staff with information about Asian Pacific Islanders including campus events and information resources available at Foothill Library.
Foothill College celebrates Asian Pacific Islanders Heritage Month during the month of April. In April of 2013 students, faculty, staff and community leaders presented a series of cultural activities to commemorate Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month. The theme was "Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion." Events included guest speakers, authors series, film screenings, performances in taekwondo and taiko drum, and a badminton tournament. See the "Archive" page for more details about this year's API celebration.
For additional information on campus heritage months, Call (650) 949-7282.
History of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is a national celebration to pay tribute to the contributions generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders have made to American history, society and culture.
Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977,
Representatives Fran Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators 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 makiing the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.
Information from Library of Congress
Who are Asian Pacific Islanders?
The U.S. Department of State, Bureau of East Asian and Pacific Affairs, includes the following in its list of East Asian and Pacific countries:
China East Timor
Marshall Islands Micronesia
New Zealand North Korea
Palau Papua New Guinea
Singapore Solomon Islands
South Korea Taiwan,
Foothill College API Clubs
Foothill College Chinese Student Union
Spreading the influence of chinese culture and building a bridge between the Chinese and Foreign Students in a positive manner by expanding our horizon and sharing chinese roots and backgroups.
Chinese Science Club
ESL (English as a Second Language)
Language has an ever learning process. Here at ESL Club, we create a level ground for all English users to speak up and improve their skill. We make grammar, listening, speaking and writing more FUN than ever. Laughter is a must in our family.
Hong Kong Student Union
International Student Connection
Have you ever wondered how your friends say, "Hello" in their native language? This is your change to get involved in lots of fun activities and lear more about the American culture and the tradition of countries around the globe.
Japanese Culture Club
United Nations Club
Do you think globalization is here to stay? Well, it is. Our short-term goal is to create awareness via the club about what the UN is and what it does. The long-term goal is to get Foothill College officially affiliated with the UN, which would benefit students, faculty, and the institution itself.