Asian Pacific Heritage Month 2014 - Connecticut Multicultural Health Partnership

Asian Pacific Heritage Month 2014

From our friends at the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission

HARTFORD, CT – In recognizing the diversity of our Nutmeg State, Connecticut will observe Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month on Thursday, May 1 through Saturday, May 31. Nationally designated as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, APA Heritage Month highlights the history, culture, and contributions of APAs.  Different activities take place around the country to celebrate the past, present, and future of the APA community.

Congress first recognized APA heritage in 1978, though only for one week in May, to commemorate the completion of the first transcontinental railroad, built mostly by Chinese immigrants, as well as the first arrival of Japanese immigrants.

Across the United States, award ceremonies, cultural celebrations, art displays, film festivals, and other events represent the kaleidoscope of Asian and Pacific Islander peoples and experiences. In Connecticut, the Asian Pacific American Coalition of Connecticut (APAC-CT), in cooperation with APAAC, recently held an annual Gala recognizing the achievements of local APAs. Additionally, the Governor will issue a  Proclamation recognizing APA Heritage Month.

In showing our public the diversity and traditions of the APA community, APAAC hosts community groups in the Capitol complex for all to look and learn.

APAAC also provides I-SPEAK cards, which currently circulate in Laotian, Chinese, and Vietnamese, at our own table.

Please contact APAAC for further information on APA community events.

Tel: (860)-240-0080 / Fax: (860)-240-0315

E-Mail: apaac@cga.ct.gov / Website: http://ctapaac.com

About the Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission: Created in 2008 by the Connecticut General Assembly, this 21 member bipartisan commission oversees matters concerning the Asian Pacific American population in Connecticut. Its board members, who serve as volunteers, are appointed by legislative leaders of both parties.

Posted: Monday, May 19, 2014

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