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MDP Celebrates Asian-Pacific Heritage Month

May 04, 2011

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May 4, 2011

MDP Celebrates Asian-Pacific Heritage Month
May is the Month to Celebrate Accomplishments and Contributions of Asian-Pacific Americans

LANSING – The Michigan Democratic Party today is encouraging all Michiganders to celebrate Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month throughout May.

“Asian-Pacific Americans have a long history of helping to make this country great,” Michigan Democratic Party Chair Mark Brewer said. “They have played a role in every aspect of American life – from the economy, politics, and science, to art and culture, and defending our nation in wars for the past two centuries. Asian-Pacific Americans deserve to be recognized and honored for their achievements.”

The United States of America began the process of honoring Asian-Pacific Americans in 1977 when Congressmen Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced legislation to establish Asian-Pacific Heritage week. President Carter signed it into law in October of 1978. In 1992, President George H.W. Bush extended the week-long observance to a month-long celebration.

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the first immigration of Japanese to America in May of 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad in May of 1869.


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