May is Asian American Heritage Month

Categories: Education

Yuri Kochiyama, Asian American labor activist.

This month is Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. AFGE joins the AFL-CIO in honoring past and present Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) activists and organizers. This week we honor:

Yuri Kochiyama. Kochiyama is probably most well-known for holding Malcolm X in her arms after he was assassinated while speaking to the Organization of Afro-American Unity members. Read more.

Sue Kunitomi Embrey, a teacher and activist who was forced into the Manzanar internment camp with her family at age 19 during World War II. She later became a leading force behind the effort to declare Manzanar internment camp a national historic site. .

For more information on Asian Americans’ role in the labor movement, visit the American Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA), AFL-CIO, website at

Learn more about Asian Pacific American Heritage Month by following the #APAHM hashtag on Twitter.  

Check out @SmithsonianAPA’s #BeyondBollywood online exhibition

Did you know? That Young-Oak Kim was the 1st AAPI colonel who led the famous 100th Infantry Battalion in WWII. The men of the 100th selected “Remember Pearl Harbor” as their motto, indicative of their outrage at the attack on their country, the United States.

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