Back in 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed into public law the Pacific/Asian American Heritage Week. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush would extend the week to the whole month. Two years later, May was officially designated as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

It is very good to see Asian and Pacific Islander Americans finally getting the recognition for their contributions to the country by having a month celebrating their heritage. Though the history is important, Fuse wants to take Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month to celebrate its future instead.


Fuse will put a spotlight on the future of Asian and Pacific Islander history. Each day, they will showcase the world's most talented, creative, and influential people on the rise that take risks and pave the way for the future of pop culture. Some of these innovators include Steve Aoki, Bruno Mars, Auli'i Cravalho, Aziz Ansari, Constance Wu, and John Cho.

Right now, two stars have already been spotlighted by Fuse. The first is Riz Ahmed. He is a Pakistani actor known for his work in "The Night Of" and "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," who recently went before Parliament with an entreaty to find, in television and film, "a new national story that embraces and empowers as many of us as possible." The second is Dinah Jane.

She is one of the members of Fifth Harmony who is proud to show off her Polynesian/Tongan heritage.

BTS and Dean

Fuse will also feature K-pop, the Asian music genre taking the world by storm. They will do this through spotlight features on K-pop boy band BTS and soloist Dean.

BTS -- also known as the Bangtan Boys, Bangtan Sonyeondan, or the Bulletproof Boy Scouts -- is the most popular K-pop act in the industry today.

Formed under Big Hit Entertainment, the seven-member boy band consisting of Jin, Suga, J-Hope, Rap Monster, Jimin, V, and Jungkook made a huge impact back in 2013 when they first debuted. By building a personal rapport with their fans (who are known as A.R.M.Y.) and utilizing social media, they were able to come onto the K-pop scene with enough fans to rival K-pop acts signed under big entertainment labels.

Their latest comeback, "You Are Never Alone," is technically a re-release of their second full-length studio album "WINGS," with new songs "Spring Day" and "Not Today." Altogether, they sold over 1.5 million copies in South Korea alone, making it BTS' most successful album to date.

Kwon Hyuk -- better known by his stage name Dean or by his other monikers Deanfluenza and Deantrbl -- is one of the more popular soloists in the Korean music industry since 2013. He has so far released one album titled "130 mood: TRBL."

Where Dean shines is either through collaborations or being a featured artist. Some examples of the former include "I'm Not Sorry" featuring Eric Bellinger, "I Love It" featuring Dok2, and "Come Over," featuring Bake Ye Rin.

As for the latter, some examples include being featured on Taeyeon's "Starlight" and Zico's "Bermuda Triangle."

There is no schedule on when any of the featured people during Fuse's Future Asian and Pacific History Month special will be spotlighted. On Saturday, May 6 at 9 a.m. EST, there will be a featured music block. It is probable that both BTS and Dean will be featured during that time.

Ultimately, the fact that Fuse is spotlighting the future of Asian and Pacific Islander history is a unique direction for Asian-Pacific American Heritage month. Even if K-pop fans were to miss the spotlight on BTS and Dean, there are plenty of other featured people who are more than deserving of attention.