Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)

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2012 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM), officially proclaimed "Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month" by President Barack Obama, is a celebration of the culture, traditions, and history of Asians Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Congress passed a joint Congressional Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian American Heritage Week during the first week of May (May 1-10). This date was chosen because two important anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad (by many Chinese laborers) on May 10, 1869. In 1990 Congress voted to expand it from a week to a month long celebration and in May 1992, the month of May was permanently designated as "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month."

APAHM Schedule of Events

Fun things to do and see during APAH Month in Memphis.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Please join us for our 2nd Annual Japanese Calligraphy class! *FREE*

Japanese Calligraphy Classes
Class #1: Friday, May 11- 1:30pm-2:30pm
Class #2: Friday, May 11 – 3:00pm-4:00pm
(*class 1 and class 2 are the same*)
Madison Plaza Conference Room (C-1)

This Japanese Calligraphy Seminar will provide basic instructions needed to begin to write Japanese Calligraphy. Starting with tool selection and proper usage, this seminar will guide participants through the basic fundamentals of Japanese Calligraphy using a combination of text, sample works, etc. Being able to see the rhythm of the brush along with proper hand position and posture is essential to learning good technique.
Instructors: Ms. Akemi Sommer, Program Manager, JAST-West (University of Memphis)
Ms. Chikako Kamimura, Calligraphy Instructor (University of Memphis)

Saturday, May 19 (Free)

Tai Chi & Qigong Demonstration
Shelby Farms Park, Picnic Area 4
500 N Pine Lake Drive
Memphis, TN
Contact #: 901-266-4011 or visit


Belz Museum of Asian and Judaic Art
119 South Main Street, Concourse Level
Memphis, Tennessee
Phone: 901-523-ARTS(2787)
Fax: 901-523-8603

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