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Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month: A Commemorative Observances Legal Research Guide

Executive Branch Documents

Presidential proclamations and Executive Orders have been used by presidents to rule on substantive issues of law; to administrate the executive branch of government; and to make general announcements to the public. These general announcements, which exhort the public to observe a holiday such as Thanksgiving or honor a particular group of citizens as in National Black History Month, are usually issued in the form of a presidential proclamation. On many occasions, Congress will pass a law specifically requesting the President to take certain action, such as proclaiming the recognition of a particular group of citizens, like Jewish or Hispanic Americans.

Listed below are links to examples of presidential proclamations for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week or Month along with the citations to the Code of Federal Regulations (C.F.R.) or the Federal Register (F.R.), the official publications for presidential proclamations.

Presidential proclamations on the annual observances of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month, and Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month can also be found at American Presidency Project External by selecting the year and clicking on the "Apply" button.

Presidential proclamations and presidential statements, messages, and remarks for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month can be searched from the Government Publishing Office’s Advanced Search page in the collections for the Code of Federal Regulations, the Compilation of Presidential Documents, and the Federal Register.

Beginning with the 2009 proclamation, presidents have expanded the commemoration to include Pacific Islanders, and the proclamations have been issued in honor of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

Beginning in 2021, President Biden expanded the commemoration to explicitly include Native Hawaiians and issued proclamations for Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.