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  • 1 of several federal commemorative months recognized by presidential proclamation
  • All presidents have annually issued a proclamation designating May as “Asian/Pacific American Heritage Heritage Month”
  • – state with the 3rd largest Asian pop, behind CA and NY
  • “[A]ll of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas, Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).” (Library of Congress)
  • May 1999 a group of students opposing the arrest of 10 student protesters ended a week of unrest when administrators agreed to meet with them to discuss creating a new Asian American Studies Program. the 1990’s a student group called the Asian Relations Committee (ARC) and later, the Asian American Relations Group (AARG) worked to bring an Asian American Studies program to The University of Texas at Austin. In response to the activism of students and faculty, administrators put in place a search committee to find a director to head the program. Tensions arose between students, faculty, and administration during the selection process, which led to a sit-in at the West Mall Office Building and the eventual arrest of ten students. Those ten students were named the “UT 10” and were instrumental in pushing for the creation of the Center for Asian American Studies and the hiring of a permanent director.
  • Asian pacific american heritage month

    1. 1. Asian American and PacificIslander Heritage MonthEugenia BehMay 16, 2011
    2. 2. What is APAHM?• To celebrate theachievements andcontributions of AsianAmericans andPacific Islanders inthe United States
    3. 3. Why May?• May 7, 1843 - arrivalof the first Japaneseto the United States• May 10, 1869 – thecompletion of the firsttranscontinentalrailroad (primarily builtby Chineseimmigrants) Joining the Tracks for the FirstTranscontinental Railroad,Promontory Point, Utah NewlinePhotographer. Andrew J. Russell,
    4. 4. June-July 1977• Reps. Frank Horton andNorman Mineta and Sens.Daniel Inouye and SparkMatsunaga introduceresolutions authorizing thePresident to annuallyproclaim a week during thefirst 10 days of May as“Pacific/Asian AmericanHeritage Week”
    5. 5. October 5, 1978• President Jimmy Carter signs joint resolutiondeclaring first Asian/Pacific American HeritageWeek as May 4-10, 1979
    6. 6. 1990-2009• May 7, 1990 - President George H.W. Bushextends Asian Pacific American Heritage Weekto a month (Presidential Proclamation 6130)• Oct 23, 1992 - Congress permanentlydesignates each May as Asian Pacific AmericanHeritage Month (Public Law 102-450)• May 1, 2009 - President Barack Obamarenames the month as Asian American andPacific Islander Heritage Month (PresidentialProclamation 8369)
    7. 7. Text of Law
    8. 8. Celebrating APAHM• National• White House AsianAmerican and PacificIslander HeritageMonth reception• Texas• Houston• Dallas• Austin• TAMU
    9. 9. 2011 Theme• Diversity• Leadership• Empowerment• Beyond
    10. 10. Diversity• 16.8 million in U.S.(U.S. Census Bureau)• 1 million in Texas• 1.1 million NativeHawai’ians/PacificIslanders
    11. 11. “Pacific Islander”
    12. 12. Leadership• Secretary of Commerce Gary Locke• Secretary of Energy Steven Chu• Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki• Veterans Affairs Assistant Secretary of Publicand Intergovernmental Affairs TammyDuckworth• Representative Mike Honda (D-CA15)• Senator Daniel Inouye (D-HI)• Senator Daniel Akaka (D-HI)• TX State Representative Hubert Vo (D-149)
    13. 13. EmpowermentFred Korematsu 442nd RegimentalCombat Team
    14. 14. EmpowermentVincent Chin UT 10
    15. 15. Beyond• First Asian American president?
    16. 16. New MediaPhil Yu(aka Angry Asian Man)Secret IdentitiesAnthology
    17. 17. ActivistsYuri Kochiyama Grace Lee Boggs
    18. 18. Musicians
    19. 19. Film
    20. 20. Sports StarsManny Pacquiao Jeremy Lin
    21. 21. Public OfficeBill Tong(US Senate – CT)Ramey Ko(Associate Judge of the City ofAustin Municipal Court)
    22. 22. Resources• Library of Congress• Law Library of Congress• Smithsonian Institution• White House Initiative on Asian Americans andPacific Islanders
    23. 23. Questions/DiscussionThank you!