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Asian-Pacific American Week

Asian-Pacific American Week on Marvel.com

We kick off a week-long look at the APA creators and characters that continue to shape the Marvel Universe

By Tim Stevens

In 1978, the United States Congress voted to name the first week in May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Week.

While two historical events inspired the commemoration-the arrival of Japanese immigrants to the United States in 1843 and the completion of the transcontinental railroad, a project that drew heavily on the labor of immigrants from China-we honor and celebrate all the historical

Amadeus Cho
contributions of Asian-Pacific immigrants and their descendants. By 1990, the week had been extended to a month and in 1992, May officially became Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month on a permanent basis.  

Asian-Pacific Immigrants and Americans of Asian Pacific descent remain an integral part of the United States today. As of 2008, some 5.4 percent of the U.S. population-or about 16.6 million people-claim full or partial Asian Pacific descent. They represent one of the quickest growing groups in the U.S., with Asians boasting a 2.7 population percentage increase between 2007 and 2008, and Pacific Islanders nearly matching that with a 2.4 percent increase. In recognition of this, the current U.S. Census can be found printed in Chinese-Mandarin and Cantonese-Vietnamese, and Korean with an additional 19 Language Assistance guides available for Asian and

Jimmy Woo
Pacific Islander languages such as Bengali, Japanese, Khmer, Hawaiian, and Tongan.

Marvel recognizes that this population has been an important part of the history of the company, both as fans and creators, and has chosen this week to make that recognition clear. Marvel.com, will showcase Asian-Pacific creators and characters that have impacted and shaped Marvel in the past and at present with a series of features, interviews and more spotlighting INCREDIBLE HULK writer Greg Pak, HEROIC AGE: PRINCE OF POWER star Amadeus Cho, ATLAS leader Jimmy Woo and many more!


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