Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month celebrates the generations of Asian and Pacific Islanders who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in creating its future success. Recognizing the contributions of our society’s diverse and talented individuals enables us to honor the legacy they have established and continue to build. 

May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to America on May 7, 1843, and mark the anniversary of the transcontinental railroad’s completion on May 10, 1869. The railroad was especially significant because most workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

I have traveled to several Asian countries on whirlwind trips filled with business, leisure, and the opportunity to immerse myself in local cultures. From trekking through unbelievable landscapes in the Mustang region of Nepal to riding a bullet train to Busan or visiting government officials in Vietnam, I’ve enjoyed many adventures and challenges.

We can foster a more inclusive society that respects and honors all heritages by celebrating the diversity that fuels our future. We must all collaborate to educate and encourage people to unite to end the discrimination and violence plaguing our most vulnerable communities.

Clayco supports initiatives that directly benefit underserved demographics across the construction industry and spotlight glaring issues of inequity. Our efforts to uplift Asian American and Pacific Islanders and other ethnicities are a key priority of our team.

Engage in conversation, art, and activities to learn more about the unique advancements and contributions Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have made toward global progress. You can start by reading about “30 Inspiring Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders Who Have Shaped the United States” or watching an informative genealogy series

Let’s educate ourselves on the impactful stories of resilience, adversity, and joy in honor of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.