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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month

The month of May is Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month as declared by Public Law 102-450, which was passed and signed in 1992. You can learn more about Asian/Pacific Americans, particularly their distinguished military service, by exploring these Pentagon Library books and other resources. The bold number at the end of the record is the Pentagon Library call number.


The 442nd Combat Team Presents: the Album, 1943. Atlanta: Albert Love Enterprises, 1945.
Call number UX 240 no. 442 .A31

Chan, Sucheng. Asian Americans: an Interpretive History. Boston: Twayne, 1991.
Call number E 184 .O6 C47 1991

Crost, Lyn. Honor By Fire: Japanese Americans at War in Europe and the Pacific. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1994.
Call number D 753.8 .C76 1944

Daniels, Roger. Asian America: Chinese and Japanese in the United States Since 1850. Seattle: University of Washington Press, 1988.
Call number E 184 .O6 D36 1988

Duus, Masayo Umezawa. Unlikely Liberators: the Men of the 100th and 442nd. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Press, 1987.
Call number D 753.8 .D8813 1987

Ichinokuchi, Tad, ed. John Aiso and the M.I.S.: Japanese-American Soldiers in the Military Intelligence Service, World War II. Los Angeles: The Military Intelligence Service Club of Southern California, 1988.
Call number D 810 .S7 J58 1988

Kim, Hyung-Chan, ed. Dictionary of Asian American History. New York: Greenwood Press, 1986.
Call number E 184 .O6 D53 1986

Moss, Joyce. Peoples of the World. Asians and Pacific Islanders: the Culture, Geographical Setting, and Historical Background of 41 Asian and Pacific Island Peoples. Detroit: Gale Research, 1993.
Call number GN 625 .M67 1993

Niiya, Brian, ed. Japanese American History: an A-to-Z Reference from 1868 to the Present. New York: Facts on File, 1993.
Call number E 184 .J3 J3355 1993

The Story of the 442nd Combat Team, Composed of 442nd Infantry Regiment, 522nd Field Artillery Battalion, 232nd Combat Engineer Company. Information-Education Section, MTOUSA, 1945.
Call number UX 240 no. 442 .A32

Tanaka, Chester. Go for Broke: a Pictorial History of the Japanese American 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442d Regimental Combat Team. Richmond, CA: Go For Broke, 1982.
Call number D769.31 100th .T36 1982

Whelchel, Toshio. From Pearl Harbor to Saigon: Japanese American Soldiers and the Vietnam War. London: Verso, 1999.
Call number DS 559.8.J35 W47 1999

Wong, Kevin Scott. Americans First: Chinese Americans and the Second World War. Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press, 2005.
Call number E 184.C5 W65 2005

Articles and Essays

Bell, William Gardner. "Eric Ken Shinseki." In Commanding Generals and Chiefs of Staff, 1775-2005: Portraits & Biographical Sketches of the United States Army's Senior Officer, 164-165. Washington, D.C.: Center of Military History, 2005.
Call number E 181 .B53 2005

Clemetson, Lynette. "Stories of World War II Quietly Told by Those Who Won It." New York Times, 30 May 2004, p. 1.22.
Available from ProQuest.

McNaughton, James C., Edwards, Kristen E., and May M. Price. "Incontestable Proof Will Be Exacted: Historians, Asian Americans, and the Medal of Honor." Public Historian 24.4 (2002): 11-33.

Noonan, John. "Japanese Americans." In The Encyclopedia of World War II: A Political, Social, and Military History, 787-788. Santa Barbara, Calif.: ABC CLIO, 2005.
Call number D 740 .E516 2005 v. 2 Reference

Watanabe, Paul Y. "Global Forces, Foreign Policy, and Asian Pacific Americans." PS: Political Science and Politics 34:3 (2001): 639-644.
Available from JSTOR.

Williams, Rudi. "The 'Go For Broke' Regiment Lives Duty, Honor, Country."
American Forces Press Service News Articles (online), May 25, 2000.

Internet Links

Asian-Pacific Americans in the U.S. Army. U.S. Army Center of Military History. 9 April 2007
Include the 100th Infantry Battalion and the 442d Regimental Combat Team, presidential unit citations, U.S. Army Asian-Pacific Medal of Honor recipients, and Chinese-Americans in World War II.

Asian Pacific Heritage Month. DEOMI: Defense Equal Opportunity Management. 9 April 2007
Presentations loaded with information back to 1988.

Asian Pacific Heritage Month. May 2005. U.S. Census Bureau. 9 April 2007.
Statistics about Asian/Pacific Americans includes the number of military veterans.