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Gabbard honors Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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Rep. Tulsi Gabbard hsa recognized the month of May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and celebrated the contributions of the AAPI community to the United States:

“While celebrating my own Pacific Island heritage, I am proud to honor the unique culture and rich tradition of all Asian American and Pacific Islanders,” Gabbard said. “Throughout our nation’s history, AAPIs have made tremendous contributions to our communities as leaders at every level. Leaders like Hawaii’s Sen. Daniel Inouye and Sen. Daniel Akaka have broken through barriers, leading the way for generations to follow. Our own Congresswoman Patsy Takemoto Mink was a champion for women and equal treatment throughout her life. Because of these leaders, our communities and our nation are stronger, and our future is brighter.”

May is officially designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month by section 102 of title 36, United States Code.

The observance originally began as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week, which was established through a joint Congressional resolution in 1978.

The month of May was chosen due to two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: May 7, 1843, when the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States, and May 10, 1869, when the first transcontinental railroad was completed with substantial contributions from Chinese immigrant workers.

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