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Asian pacific american heritage month


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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!