Mary­land’s first lady cel­e­brates her­itage in Elkton

May is AsianPa­cific Her­itage Month

Cecil Whig - - FRONT PAGE - By CH­ERYL MATTIX

cmat­tix@ce­cil­whig.com

— Asian-Pa­cific Amer­i­can cloth­ing, jew­elry, shoes, ce­ram­ics and more adorned the en­try to the County Ad­min­is­tra­tion Build­ing Thurs­day night as vis­i­tors from all over Mary­land gath­ered to hear Mary­land’s first lady cel­e­brate Asian-Pa­cific Amer­i­can Her­itage Month.

The event was cre­ated not

ELKTON

only to cel­e­brate, but also to ed­u­cate the com­mu­nity on the con­tri­bu­tions from Asian-Pa­cific Amer­i­cans in Mary­land and the rest of the coun­try. A bus brought sev­eral stu­dents from West Not­ting­ham Academy, a board­ing school in the Colora area, to meet first lady Yumi Ho­gan and at­tend the event.

County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore in­tro­duced Ho­gan, who was born in Korea, where she grew up on a farm.

“She has a love of art and has shared her pas­sion to in­spire artis­tic cre­ativ­ity in Mary­land,” Moore said.

The first lady pro­claimed pride for her her­itage and spoke of her de­sire to share her cul­ture with oth­ers.

“My hope is to build stronger re­la­tion­ships be­tween com­mu­ni­ties in Mary­land and the coun­try as a whole,” Ho­gan said. “Through di­ver­sity, we can change Mary­land for the better.”

Mie Mie Joe Strickler, a Ce­cil County resident and one of 20 com­mis­sion­ers

on the Gover­nor’s Com­mis­sion on Asian-Pa­cific Amer­i­can Af­fairs, chaired the event. The com­mis­sion strives to im­prove eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment and com­mu­nity de­vel­op­ment through events and pro­grams.

“This is re­ally a nice event,” said Clara Camp­bell, an Elkton at­tor­ney, who was among the more than 100 peo­ple at­tend­ing the cel­e­bra­tion.

Mary­land Sec­re­tary of State John Woben­smith, State Sen. Wayne Nor­man (R-Har­ford/Ce­cil) and Christina W. Poy, ad­min­is­tra­tive di­rec­tor for the Gover­nor’s Com­mis­sion on Asian-Pa­cific Amer­i­can Af­fairs, joined the first lady at the head ta­ble.

Woben­smith read a procla­ma­tion from Gov. Ho­gan declar­ing May 2016 as Asian-Pa­cific Amer­i­can Month in Mary­land.

Poy, who heads up the com­mis­sion of­fice, ex­plained part of their mis­sion is to at­tract vol­un­teers and do fam­ily-based out­reach pro­grams and at­tain equal ac­cess for all mem­bers of the Asian-Pa­cific Amer­i­can com­mu­nity.

“There are 318,853 Asian-Pa­cific Amer­i­cans in Mary­land, or 5.5 per­cent of the state’s pop­u­la­tion,” Poy said. “They tend to be highly ed­u­cated,” she said, not­ing that about 140,000 have earned a bach­e­lor’s de­gree or higher.

Sen. Nor­man gave ku­dos to the Ho­gan ad­min­is­tra­tion, which he said brought big changes to An­napo­lis.

“We’ve had no new taxes for two years,” Nor­man said. “I am so happy to have Ho­gan as gover­nor.”

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

An­gel, a 1-year-old bor­der col­lie mix, had sev­eral suit­ors at A Buddy for Life on Satur­day, de­spite her muddy coat.

CE­CIL WHIG PHOTO BY CH­ERYL MATTIX

From left: Mary­land Sec­re­tary of State John Woben­smith, Mie Mie Joe Strickler, Mary­land first lady Yumi Ho­gan, Ce­cil County Ex­ec­u­tive Tari Moore and Ce­cil County Coun­cil­man Dan Sch­neck­en­burger cel­e­brate Asian-Pa­cific Amer­i­can Her­itage Month.

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