BHHS Fox & Roach REALTORS® is committed to connecting with and serving a broad array of clients representative of our communities. In the spirit of this commitment, we hope you’ll join us in celebrating two national observances in May — Asian Pacific American Heritage and Jewish American Heritage.

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

Asian Pacific American Heritage Month takes place every May in the U.S., marking the unique contributions and influence of our country’s 22.2 million Asians and 1.6 million Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders. The month of May was selected for two reasons. First, it commemorates the arrival of the first known Japanese immigrant on May 7, 1843. Second, it honors the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869, which was built by up to 20,000 Chinese laborers.

Some of the earliest Asian immigrants arrived from Japan, China, India, and Korea. Later generations included Vietnamese, Cambodians, Laotians, Indonesians, the Hmong, and other peoples from South and Central Asia. With so many varied cultures under the umbrella of Asian Pacific Heritage, the National Park Service is an excellent website to learn about their stories and legacy.

Jewish American Heritage Month

May is also Jewish American Heritage Month, an annual celebration of their achievements and contributions to the U.S. Since first arriving in New Amsterdam in 1654, Jewish Americans have made an indelible mark on the history of our nation. President George W. Bush officially established this commemorative month in 2006 after a campaign by American Jewish leaders to introduce resolutions in both the U.S. Senate and the House.

As of 2020, the American Jewish population is estimated at 7.6 million people, accounting for 2.4% of the total U.S. population. Like Asian Pacific Americans, Jewish Americans are not a homogenous group. Based on their country of origin and religious practices, there are many different expressions of the Jewish culture. Learn more by visiting the website of the National Museum of American Jewish History.

These national observances are a great opportunity to better understand these cultures and create more inclusive, welcoming spaces in our neighborhoods. The BHHS Fox & Roach team is dedicated to leading the way, with the goal of making homeownership possible for everyone in our community.