U.S. Citizenship Resources for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Institute for Congressional Studies: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month (APAHM)

AsianPacificHeritage.gov: May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. 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).

American English @ State: Asian Pacific Heritage Month  (pdf)

Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Vote 
APIAVote is a national nonpartisan organization that works with partners to mobilize Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in electoral and civic participation.  Check resources and voting rights videos pages and visit the the APIAVote YouTube channel.

DOD: Steven Calvery - National Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Steven Calvery, Director of the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, reflects on his career, family and culture.  For more on the Department of Defense, visit: defense.gov

CCSF: Best, OK, and Worst Citizenship Interview Strategies
50+ videos of mock interviews and interview strategies.

Facts and figures about Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders based on the 2020 Census.  Also watch their video overview.

Add to this list a couple of graphic novels: "Rise: A Pop History of Asian America from the Nineties to Now" by Jeff Yang, Philip Wang, et al; "The Best We Could Do: An Illustrated Memoir" by Thi Bui; and "American Born Chinese" by Gene Luen Yang 

Google Arts and Culture, Play, and more.

Mini-lessons about three Supreme Court cases: United States v. Wong Kim Ark; Korematsu v. United States; Lau v. Nichols.  Plus a video about Rep. Patsy Mink (HW)

janmdotorg: I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story (video)
Video produced by JANM's 2013 Getty Multicultural Undergraduate Interns, and the Watase Media Arts Center, to promote the Smithsonian's traveling exhibition, "I Want The Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story." 

KQED: Asian Pacific American Heritage Month playlist
Asian Pacific Americans celebrate their heritage in the San Francisco Bay Area.

LOC: South Pacific Islands Archive
The South Pacific Islands Web Archive covers the following twenty islands/countries: American Samoa, Cook Islands, Fiji, French Polynesia, Guam, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Federated States of Micronesia, Nauru, New Caledonia, Niue, Northern Mariana Islands, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tokelau, Tonga, Tuvalu, and Vanuatu.

LOC: Samoan Culture (video)

Rep. Aumua Amata, American Samoa's third Member of Congress and the first woman elected to the House American Samoa, discussed Samoan culture and history. Also generations of Samoan culture were illustrated by items found in a variety of Library

NPR Programming this month highlighting Asian American and Pacific Islander stories and people,

PBS Voices: A People's History of Asian America
A series of thoughtful visual essays and explainers, hosted by Emmy award-winning journalist, Dolly Li, and Asian studies scholar and professor, Adrian De Leon.

Resources to address anti-Asian racism plus a tool to report hate crimes in multiple languages.

VOANews: Growing Asian-American Community Could Influence US Elections (video)
The growing number of Asian-American voters in the United States doesn’t necessarily translate into political clout in U.S. elections. Many who are eligible to vote sit on the sidelines. One organization wants to remove some barriers it says are in the way of getting Asian-Americans to vote. Search the VOANews YouTube channel for more AAPI videos.

wh.gov: Asian American, Native Hawaiian, & Pacific Islander Month 2023
  • A Proclamation on Asian American, Native Hawaiian, And Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2023  presidential action
  • President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders Meeting video
  • Vice President Harris Swears-In Members of the President's Advisory Commission on AANHPI video
  • FACT SHEET: Biden-⁠Harris Administration Advances Equity and Opportunity for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Communities Across the Country statement


Indonesian USCIS resources | citizenship resources

Other Multilingual Citizenship Resources

Thirty plus 100 civics questions from community organizations

Study guides for the U.S. citizenship test are available in six languages: Arabic, Nepali, Serbo-Croatian/Bosnian, Somali, Spanish, Vietnamese

This is an outstanding collection translations of the N-400 by the The Immigrant Legal Resource Center (ILRC) and its partners.

Mock interviews and quizzes and videos

Mock interviews videos.  Special playlists include Lunar New Year Citizens and Desi-Americans


Asian American and Native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Every May during Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and throughout the year, the National Park Service and our partners share those histories and the continuing culture thriving in parks and communities today.
A Brief Glimpse: Asian American Pacific Islander National Historic Landmarks Theme Study [PDF 2.6 MB]
A Brief Glimpse: Asian American Pacific Islander National Historic Landmark Theme Study -  This is the introductory essay of Finding a Path Forward: Asian American/Pacific Islander National Historic Landmarks Theme Study.  
Asian Reflections on the American Landscape: Identifying and Interpreting Asian Heritage [PDF 196 KB] examines Asian cultural heritage found in the American built environment and its interpretation within NPS cultural resources programs.
Find Your Place: Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders [PDF 2.1 MB]
This 18-page booklet examines the enduring and influential presence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders—from the earliest settlement of the country to the economic development of the West to the desegregation of public schools in the 20th century and political influence in the 21st. A core essay traces their impact on the American landscape, followed by the stories of seven signature places commemorating the legacy. A concluding section illustrates how this heritage is preserved today, transcending “bricks and mortar” preservation to include a celebration of collective experience.
Historic Preservation from the Ground Up: The Harada House [PDF 3.9 MB] uses a house in Riverside, California as a case study in how a community can participate in local preservation. The Harada House has become a landmark in the fight for Asian American civil rights. Despite its significance, the road to its preservation was a long and contentious one.

Updated 2023-05-01; Check back for updates!

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