Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, held each year during the month of May, celebrates Asian Pacific American cultures and heritage and recognizes the many contributions Asian Pacific Americans have made to this nation. An Wang , a Chinese-born American computer scientist, is best known for founding Wang Laboratories and holding over thirty-five patents including patent 2,, for a magnetic pulse transfer controlling device which related to computer memory and was crucial to the development of digital information technology. Doctor Enrique Ostrea received patent 5,, and patent 5,, for methods of testing infants for exposure to drugs or alcohol during pregnancy. Enrique Ostrea was born in the Philippines and immigrated to America in Ostrea continues to be honored for his contributions to pediatrics and neonatology. Tuan Vo-Dinh, who immigrated to the United States in from Vietnam , has received twenty-three patents mainly related to optical diagnostic equipment, including his first patents 4,, and 4,, for badges that can be optically scanned to determine exposure to toxic chemicals.
Whether you are researching a topic for Black History Month or just want to learn more, this listing of famous African Americans will help you find people who truly achieved greatness. Nearly every professional and amateur sport has a Black star athlete. Some, like Olympic track star Jackie Joyner-Kersee, have set new records for athletic achievement. Others, like Jackie Robinson, also are remembered for courageously breaking longstanding racial barriers in their sport. No survey of 20th-century American literature would be complete without major contributions from Black writers. Books like Ralph Ellison's "Invisible Man" and "Beloved" by Toni Morrison are masterpieces of fiction, while Maya Angelou and Alex Haley have made major contributions to literature, poetry, autobiography, and pop culture.
One made a splash riding waves in Hawaii. Another made his mark walking the halls of Congress. Still another made history designing an American landmark.
Julia Wang and Kathy Lu were shocked by the level of anti-immigration rhetoric they heard during the presidential election. It inspired them to take action: After the election, they developed a curriculum about Chinese American history and established a nonprofit, the Immigrant History Initiative, dedicated to educating communities about America's immigrant stories. Lu and Wang hope that by learning about immigrant history, students will reflect on current anti-immigrant attitudes. The curriculum also served as a way for them to educate others about a facet of American history that they didn't truly become aware of until they got to college.