The Department of Defense pays tribute to generations of Asian American and Pacific Islanders who have contributed to the nation’s history and continue to be pivotal to success. AAPI includes a diverse group of cultures which can be traced back to the Asian continent as well as the Pacific islands. AAPI Heritage Month started in 1977-1978 and has been observed during the month of May ever since. (Courtesy graphic)

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