Our Cultural Expanse: Asian & Pacific Islanders, 1965-1972

The 1960s and early 1970s were a more favorable time for minorities in the Navy in general. Anti-discrimination policies and affirmative action efforts led to more focused recruitment practices that enabled all minorities equal opportunity for advancement. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1965 removed restrictions and limitations for immigrants, particularly those serving in the armed forces, namely Asian and Pacific Islanders.

The Vietnam Conflict to which the U.S. was entrenched saw the service of more then 35,000 Asian and Pacific Islanders.

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Explore our parent command, Naval History and Heritage Command‘s historical presentation: Asian and Pacific Islanders.

For non-military presentations, visit the official website for Asian and Pacific American History Month.

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