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Prince George’s County Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
Prince George’s County Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

 

The following information was sent to us by Christy A. Lipscomb:

In recognition of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, the Office of the County Executive, Asian-American Heritage Month Committee, Prince George’s County Council, Maryland – National Capital Park & Planning Commission, Prince George’s County Public School System and Prince George’s Office of Community Relations will jointly host this upcoming celebration.

 

May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian-Pacific encompasses all 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).

 

Like most commemorative months, Asian-Pacific Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill. In June 1977, Reps. Frank Horton of New York and Norman Y. Mineta of California introduced a House resolution that called upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage Week. The following month, senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill in the Senate. Both were passed. On October 5, 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a Joint Resolution designating the annual celebration. Twelve years later, President George H.W. Bush signed an extension making the week-long celebration into a month-long celebration. In 1992, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law.

 

The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese immigrants.

Who:

Office of the County Executive

Asian-American Heritage Month Committee

Prince George’s County Council

Maryland – National Capital Park & Planning Commission

Prince George’s County Public School System

Prince George’s Office of Community Relations

 

What:

Prince George’s County Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

 

When:

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

10:00 a.m.

 

Where:

14741 Governor Oden Bowie Drive

1st Floor County Council Hearing Room

Upper Marlboro, MD 

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