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Celebratin­g Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

- Submitted by YPG Equal Employment Office

May is Asian American and

Pacific Islander Heritage Month - a celebratio­n of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States. A rather broad term, Asian/Pacific encompasse­s all of the Asian continent and the Pacific islands of Melanesia (New Guinea, New Caledonia, Vanuatu, Fiji and the Solomon Islands), Micronesia (Marianas,

Guam, Wake Island, Palau, Marshall Islands, Kiribati, Nauru and the Federated States of Micronesia) and Polynesia (New Zealand, Hawaiian Islands, Rotuma, Midway Islands, Samoa, American Samoa, Tonga, Tuvalu, Cook Islands, French Polynesia and Easter Island).

Like most commemorat­ive months, Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month originated with Congress. In 1977 Reps. Frank Horton of

New York introduced House Joint Resolution 540 to proclaim the first ten days in May as Pacific/Asian

American Heritage Week. In the same year, Senator Daniel Inouye introduced a similar resolution,

Senate Joint Resolution 72. Neither of these resolution­s passed, so in

June 1978, Rep. Horton introduced House Joint Resolution 1007. This resolution proposed that the President should “proclaim a week, which is to include the seventh and tenth of the month, during the first ten days in May of 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.’” This joint resolution was passed by the House and then the Senate and was signed by President Jimmy Carter on October 5, 1978 to become Public Law 95419. This law amended the original language of the bill and directed the President to issue a proclamati­on for the “seven day period beginning on May 4, 1979 as ‘Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week.’” During the next decade, presidents passed annual proclamati­ons for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week until 1990 when Congress passed Public Law 101-283 which expanded the observance to a month for 1990. Then in 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-450 which annually designated May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month.

The month of 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.

As a sign of solidarity and support for victims of sexual assault, YPG’s Command Group and Sexual

The Army is committed to:

• Reducing the stigma of reporting

• Protecting the victim

• Increasing prevention, investigat­ion, prosecutio­n and victim capabiliti­es

• Increasing training and resources

• Refining and sustaining response capability

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Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program members wore denim on April 28, National Denim Day.

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Donna peet, sylvia Hughes, Minerva peters, Col. patrick McFall, Larry Bracamonte, Mark schauer, Chrissy Randle, paula Rickleff.
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Cathyann Robinson, Col. patrick McFall, Command sgt. Maj. Herbert Gill, arlene Gentry. (photos by ana Henderson)

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