Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

We’ve still got a few more days of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.  Why was May chosen for this commemorative month?  According to, 

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 on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

From About Asian/Pacific Heritage Month, , accessed May 24, 2016.

The Asian/Pacific Heritage Month site , sponsored by a number of federal cultural agencies and hosted by the Library of Congress, has links to images, audio and video, exhibits and collections, and resources for teachers.  The About section links to a comprehensive inventory of the Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations and congressional resolutions related to Asian Pacific Heritage Month.

One of the partner agencies in the Asian/Pacific Heritage Month site is the National Park Service, which has its own Asian-Pacific American Heritage site.   One of the (physical) sites related to Asian-Americans the NPS maintains is the Japanese American Memorial to Patriotism During World War II, which is in Washington DC.  You can learn more about this memorial at the (non-governmental, non-profit) National Japanese American Memorial Foundation.

The Census Bureau has put together a fact sheet on Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: May 2016, with demographic and business statistics.

One of the lesser-known Smithsonian museums, the National Postal Museum, has a page, Asian and Pacific Americans in the Postal Service and Philately, which links to exhibits on this topic.

What government resources would you recommend for this commemoration?

–Beth Harper, Government information/reference librarian, Memorial Library, UW-Madison

Who knew? US gov collects some stats on travel

Did you know that the U.S. government has a a National Travel and Tourism Office?  I didn’t till this spring, when I came across the office as I worked on a reference question.  NTTO is part of the Dept of Commerce’s International Trade Administration.

You can see what kinds of data the Travel and Tourism Statistical System for the United States collects and analyzes at .

The statistics that really intrigued me were

You can get a sense of international visitation to the U.S., and international visitor spending in the U.S. (both to a monthly level!), and a list of the top states, cities, and regions visited. (alas, Wisconsin and its fine cities do not make those lists).

You can also find annual Profiles of U.S. Resident Travelers Visiting Overseas Destinations back to 2008, and Monthly U.S. Outbound Air Travel to International Regions.

Have you come across information that you were surprised to know federal, state, or local governments published?  Let us know!

Beth Harper

Government information/reference librarian

Memorial Library, UW-Madison