May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

| May 8, 2015 | 0 Comments
The theme for the 2015 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is “Many Cultures, One Voice: Promote Equality and Inclusion.” (Graphic courtesy of Defense Equal Opportunity Mgmt.

The theme for the 2015 Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is “Many Cultures, One Voice: Promote Equality and Inclusion.” (Graphic courtesy of Defense Equal Opportunity Mgmt.

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month is celebrated each May to recognize the contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans.
Congress passed a joint congressional resolution in 1978, establishing the first week of May as Asian American Heritage Week.

May holds two important anniversaries: the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad by predominantly Chinese laborers on May 10, 1869.

In 1990, Congress voted to expand the commemoration from a week to a monthlong observance. Beginning in 1992, the month of May was permanently designated as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.

This year’s theme is “Many Cultures, One Voice: Promote Equality and Inclusion,” which honors Asian and Pacific American Soldiers, civilians and family members who have helped shape the history and make America’s Army a model institution for diversity and inclusion. The theme was chosen by the Federal Asian Pacific American Council (FAPAC), which emphasizes the diversity of Asian-American and Pacific Islander members of the FAPAC, who come from more than 30 ethnically distinct groups originating from the Asian and Pacific regions. It also demonstrates their unity in pursuing equal opportunity for all.

What has the Army done? Each May, the U.S. Army celebrates its Asian and Pacific men and women of all generations who have served in the defense of the nation. The Army plans and executes events and activities at installations, which appropriately commemorate the services and sacrifices of Asian and Pacific Soldiers and their families. These events underscore the importance of diversity in building and sustaining the best fighting force.

Why is this important to the Army? The Army is the strength of the nation and historically a leader in creating opportunities for all. The Army firmly values the principles of diversity and inclusion and continues to lead American society in maximizing the potential of future leaders from all backgrounds.

Diversity makes the Army better and more equipped to meet the challenges and threats of the 21st century.
(Note: From Army’s “Stand-To” and the Joint Force Headquarters-National Capital Region/U.S. Army Military District Public Affairs Office.)

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