This Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage (AAPI) Month, we celebrate the courage, determination, and success of AAPI Californians. AAPI communities make up more than 6 million of our state’s population and continue to make invaluable contributions to every facet of society.  Our collection of online exhibits uncover both triumphs and tragedies that AAPIs have historically faced in California.  From the vital labor provided by Chinese immigrants in the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad in the 1860s and the federal and state sanctioned incarceration of thousands of those of Japanese descent in concentration camps during World War II, to March Fong Eu’s bright legacy of dedicating her life to helping others and serving as California’s first Chinese American and first woman Secretary of State for five terms, our exhibits explore significant and multi-faceted histories of AAPI Californians.

2023 Governor Proclamation for Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in California

Leading the Way: March Fong Eu and a Lifetime of Service Exhibit

California State Government and Incarceration of Japanese Americans During World War 2 Exhibit

Commemorating 150 Years of the Transcontinental Railroad

Making the Grade: California and the Transcontinental Railroad Exhibit