Department of Civil Rights
Velma J. Korbel, Director
350 S. 5th St., Room 239
Minneapolis, MN 55415
Phone: (612) 673-3012
Fax: (612) 673-2599
TTY: (612) 673-2157
8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.
Monday – Friday
Celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month
May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress. In June of 1978, Rep. Horton introduced a joint house Resolution which proposed that the President should “proclaim a week, which is to include the seventh and tenth of the month, during the first ten days in May of 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.’" This joint resolution was passed by the House and then the Senate and was signed by President Jimmy Carter on October 5, 1978 to become law.
Over the next decade, presidents passed annual proclamations for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week until 1990 when Congress expanded the observance to a month for 1990. In 1992 Congress designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad. A majority of the workers who laid the tracks for the transcontinental railroad were Chinese immigrants.
The Minneapolis Department of Civil Rights looks forward to celebrating Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month with our community partners. Information regarding local events/celebrations and links to resources related to Asian-Pacific Heritage are found here.
The City of Minneapolis supports an environment where all people and companies working with the City can compete for our business fairly, and the City strives to eliminate discrimination against women-owned and minority-owned business. The City’s Small and Underutilized Business addresses the effects of past discrimination in contracting and promotes equal opportunities for all to participate in contracts generated by the City.
The City commissioned a Disparity Study to examine evidence that would support the continuation of Minneapolis’ Small and Underutilized Business Program and see whether any modifications of that plan would be beneficial. This study, which is now complete, supports setting goals for women and minority business participation in City contracts.
Last updated Jan 17, 2012