The Asian Pacific American Story is the Story of America

Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (AA and NHPIs) have played vital roles in shaping the nation since the 1800s—from building the Transcontinental Railroad to advocating for labor law changes to fighting in multiple wars.

But these crucial stories are missing from what students learn today in the classroom. Bringing more AA and NHPI experiences and voices into the education system is more urgent than ever. It combats bigotry and reaffirms what we already know to be true: that AA and NHPI history is American history.

Today, AA and NHPI communities are 23.5 million strong. We are leaders and innovators, business owners and artists, neighbors, and friends. We trace our roots to more than 20 countries in East and Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent. We encompass 50 ethnic groups that speak over 100 languages. At the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center (APAC), we enhance the public's awareness and knowledge about what it means to be AA and NHPI through groundbreaking programming, webinars, and community-created educational resources. But we cannot do it alone. Your support ensures that APAC can continue serving as a national resource for understanding why the AA and NHPI experience matters every day, everywhere, and all the time.

In honor of AA and NHPI Heritage Month, we have set the goal of achieving 25 unique donors to support all our ongoing programs and initiatives. To show our appreciation, those who donate $125+ are eligible to receive the corresponding thank you gifts:

All contributions are tax-deductible. For federal income tax purposes, the deductible amount is limited to the difference between your total contribution, minus the fair market value of the received thank you gift(s).

Please note we will email you to confirm the shipping address for your gift, which will be sent in June.

Learn more about how to donate and other ways to give. For questions or more information, please email the APAC team.

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