Presidential Proclamation -- Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, 2012 BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICAhttp://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2012/05/01/presidential-proclamation-asian-american-and-pacific-islander-heritage-m 2012 Theme: Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity & Inclusion
DiversityAsian Americans have emerged as the Nation’s fastestgrowing racial group. Asian and Pacific Islanders representmore than thirty different nationalities and ethnic groups. Interms of their various languages, cultures, and histories thediversity of Asian Americans is remarkable. Even beyond thenationalities the diversity continues. A single nationality canhave significant differences in regional dialect, religion, classbackground, educational level, and political perspective aswell as distinctions based on generation, gender, and lifestyleorientation. Additional factors that contribute to the diversityof Asian Americans are the different ways they have enteredthe United States such as refugees, immigrants and the largenumber of Asian children that are adopted into both Asianand non-Asian families.
The Many Countries of Asia
The Pacific Islands
Inclusion The fusion of Asian culture and influence into mainstream America continues to grow and become more wide spread. There are many examples of Asian influencesincluding zen-style spas, shiatsu massage, eastern medicine, architectural design, noodle houserestaurants, and anime and manga comics.
Asian Influence on Mainstream America Kung Fu Yu-Gi_Uh! Panda Popular 2008 Trading Box office Card Dragonball Z hit! Hit hip hop dance group Jabbawockeez gameHit anima TV series Both in Japan and 7 out of 10 team The US members are of Asian decent
Asian Influence on Mainstream America Yoga AcupunctureOriginated in ancient India. It is An alternative medicinea physical, mental and spiritual methodology originating indiscipline. It originated in the ancient China that treats Tai ChiHindu religion with the goal of patients by manipulating thin,achieving a state of perfect Originated in China. It is a type solid needles that have beeninsight or tranquility while of internal Chinese martial arts inserted into acupuncturemeditating on the Hindu and is practiced for its defense points in the skin.concept of divinity. training and health benefits. It is commonly associated with the Chinese Yin-Yang.
Daniel K. InouyeOn September 7, 1924, Senator Daniel K. Inouye was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. On December 7,1941, the fateful day of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, 17-year-old Dan Inouye was one ofthe first Americans to handle civilian casualties in the Pacific war. He had taken medical aidtraining and was pressed into service as head of a first-aid litter team. He saw a "lot of blood" anddid not go home for a week.In March 1943, 18-year-old Dan Inouye, then a freshman in pre-medical studies at the Universityof Hawaii, enlisted in the U.S. Armys 442nd Regimental Combat Team. In the fall of 1944,Inouyes unit was shifted to the French Vosges Mountains and spent two of the bloodiest weeksof the war rescuing a Texas Battalion surrounded by German forces. Inouye lost ten pounds,became a platoon leader and won the Bronze Star and a battlefield commission as a SecondLieutenant. Back in Italy, the 442nd was assaulting a heavily defended hill in the closing monthsof the war when Lieutenant Inouye was hit in his abdomen by a bullet which came out his back,barely missing his spine. He continued to lead the platoon and advanced alone against a machinegun nest which had his men pinned down. He tossed two hand grenades with devastating effectbefore his right arm was shattered by a German rifle grenade at close range. Inouye threw hislast grenade with his left hand, attacked with a submachine gun and was finally knocked downthe hill by a bullet in the leg.Dan Inouye spent 20 months in Army hospitals after losing his right arm. On May 27, 1947, hewas honorably discharged and returned home as a Captain with a Distinguished Service Cross(the second highest award for military valor), Bronze Star, Purple Heart with cluster and 12other medals and citations. His Distinguished Service Cross was recently upgraded to a Medal ofHonor, the nations highest award for military valor. He received that medal from the President ofthe United States on June 21, 2000.When Hawaii became a state on August 21, 1959, Daniel Inouye won election to the United StatesHouse of Representatives as the new states first Congressman. He was reelected to a full term in1960. Elected to the United States Senate in 1962 and is now serving his ninth consecutive term.
Dr. Sammy LeeBorn in Fresno in 1920 to Korean immigrants who worked on aHawaiian plantation, Dr. Lee was the first Asian American to win anOlympic gold medal. He was awarded the gold medal for the 10-meterplatform at the 1948 Olympic games in London. Four years later, hewent on to win the gold in the 10-meter and the bronze in the 3-meterspringboard in the Helsinki Olympics.His accomplishments were not limited to the athletic field. Dr. Lee wasa student-athlete at the University of Southern California School ofMedicine, where he received his M.D. in 1947. He went on to serve inthe U.S. Army Medical Corps in Korea from 1943-45, where hespecialized in the diseases of the ear.In 1968 Dr. Lee was elected to the International Swimming Hall ofFame, followed by his induction into the U.S. Olympic Hall of Fame in1990. His many other achievements include: serving as a member ofthe Presidents Council on Physical Fitness and Sports from 1971-80and coaching the U.S. diving team for the 1960 and 64 Olympics.During the 1976 Montreal Olympics, he coached Greg Louganis, whowon a silver medal in the 10-meter platform.
Sarah ChangSarah Chang debuted as a violinist at the age of 8with the New York Philharmonic. She is recognizedas one of the worlds great violinists. She toursextensively both in the US and globally. She hasexclusively recoded for EMI classics record label forthe past 20 years, and has recorded 20 albumsunder the label.In 2006, she was honored as one of 20 Top Womenin Newsweek Magazine’s “Women and Leadership,20 Powerful Women Take Charge” issue. In March2008, Ms. Chang was honoree a s a Young GlobalLeader for 2008 by the World Economic Forum forher professional achievements, commitment tosociety and potential in shaping the future of theworld.
Dr. Chi HuangDr. Chi Huang earned an undergraduate degree inbiology from Texas A&M University and graduatedcum laude in 1998 from Harvard Medical School. He isan assistant professor in pediatrics, medical director ofinpatient pediatrics, director of the pediatric globalhealth initiative, and internal medicine hospitalistattending at Boston Medical Center, Boston UniversitySchool of Medicine.He has spent the last 15 years advocating for the livesof street children in developing countries includingspending 3 months a year working with the childrenpersonally. He was influential in cofounding CasaBernabe, a home for Bolivian street children, in 2001;and is the founder of Kaya Children International, anonprofit organization.Dr. Huang has received numerous awards andrecognition for his work. He wrote about hisexperiences with the street children in La Paz, Boliviain his book “When Invisible Children Sing.”
Angela OhAngela E. Oh is an attorney, teacher, and public lecturer. Her law firm, Oh & Barrera,LLP is based in Los Angeles. The firm offers representation in state and federalcriminal matters and civil rights.In June 1997, she was appointed by President Bill Clinton to the President’s Initiativeon Race. She served as part of a seven-member Advisory Board to the President inan effort directed at examining how race, racism, and racial differences have affectedthe United States.Between 1998 and 2002, Ms. Oh left the full-time practice of law to study, teach, andwrite. Her speeches and writings reflect the opportunities and challenges that diversitypresents. Ms. Oh’s lectures have taken her into both national and internationalarenas, including China, Korea, the Middle East, Northern Ireland, and the UnitedKingdom.In 2000, Ms. Oh was appointed Chancellor’s Fellow at the University of California,Irvine where she continues to teach a course on Race and American Law andLeadership for the 21st Century. In 2002, she finished a collection of essays entitledOpen: One Woman’s Journey, published by UCLA’s Asian American StudiesDepartment.She is a graduate of University of California, Los Angeles, where she earned herBachelor of Arts and Masters in Public Health degrees. Her Juris Doctorate is fromKing Hall, the University of California, Davis School of Law. Ms. Oh is also anordained Priest, Zen Buddhist-Rinzai Sect.