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MAY IS ASIAN-PACIFIC HERITAGE MONTH
May is Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month—a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. Much like Black History and Women's History celebrations, APA Heritage Month originated in a congressional bill.
Congressional Bills Establish Celebration
In June 1977, Representatives 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.
APA Becomes Monthlong Celebration
In May 1990, the holiday was expanded further when President George H. W. Bush designated May to be Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. 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.
Asian Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated with community festivals, government-sponsored activities, and educational activities for students. This year's theme is "Leadership to Meet the Challenge of a Changing World."
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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month Timeline, Facts and Figures :
The Milwaukee County Diversity Committee strives to honor inclusiveness, advocating for education, awareness, acceptance, and outreach in the workplace and community.
Effectively communicate the works of the Diversity Committee to all stakeholders.
Promote initiatives that enhance the quality of life through inclusion and engagement.
Provide leadership; promote equality and acceptance for all differences through education and outreach.
The full Diversity Committee is made up of department committees with members from the following Milwaukee County Departments:
Aging, Child Support Services, Office of the Comptroller, Corporation Counsel, County Clerk, County Treasurer, Court Services, District Attorney, Facilities, Family Care, Fleet Management, Human Resources, Medical Examiner, Parks and Recreation, Personnel Review Board, Sheriff, and Zoo.
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Contact Ted Fancher, Human Resources, for more information.