According asianpacificheritage.gov , the month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants (along with Irish and German immigrants.) CSUEU is proud to recognize our more than 2,500 union siblings who identify as Asian American or Pacific Islander. At the CSU, about 17 percent of the workforce are AAPI. If you are interested in joining CSUEU's Asian American Constituency Group, please contact the Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee .