Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage

"We are all a part of one another." - Yuri Kochiyama

Immigration hearing at Angel Island, 1923
Immigration hearing at Angel Island, 1923

National Archives and Records Administration

The history of North America is shaped by the stories of immigrants from Asia and the Pacific and the native people of the Pacific Islands. While some of the earliest Asian immigrants arrived from China, Japan, India, and Korea, immigration reforms tied to U.S. civil rights legislation brought even more groups to the United States—such as Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, Indonesians, the Hmong and other peoples from South and Central Asia. Discover these wide-ranging stories preserved and interpreted in our nation’s parks, trails, and historic sites. Read more »

Last updated: February 15, 2021