May, 2015: Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month

WHEREAS, since 1992, the month of May has been officially designated as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, a time for our nation to honor and recognize the contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, additionally, the month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States in May of 1843, and the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad, laid mostly by Chinese immigrants, in May of 1869; and,

WHEREAS, The Asian and Pacific Island regions are tremendously diverse; with more than thirty countries, sixteen major ethnic groups, nine languages, and numerous belief systems bringing their culture to Michigan; and,

WHEREAS, the diversity within the Asian American and Pacific Islander communities in the United States adds much to the cultural fabric of our state and country, as these groups have shared their many languages, countless traditions and practices of faith; and,

WHEREAS, during this month, we recognize Michigan's Asian American and Pacific Islander citizens; we honor their commitment to leadership and show thanks for sharing such a rich and fascinating heritage;

NOW, THEREFORE, I, Rick Snyder, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim May 2015 as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month in Michigan.