Asian Pacific American Heritage Month: Throughout the month of May API communities across the country celebrate the achievements and contributions of Asian and Pacific Americans. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States May 7, 1843 and the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution designated to celebrate the first ten days of May as Asian-Pacific Heritage week. Twelve years later, in 1992, President George H.W. Bush signed into law the designation of the month of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month.
In Minnesota, the Council on Asian Pacific Minnesotans honors the achievements of Asian Pacific Minnesotans by awarding Annual Leadership Awards to community members and organizations who have given themselves, their talents and resources to serve and better the Asian-Pacific community.
This year the Council honors the following individuals:
MayKao Y. Hang, President and CEO of Amherst H. Wilder Foundation
Glen R. King, Filipino Community Organization
Dr. Kyoko Kishimoto, Professor at St. Cloud State University
True Thao, The Family Partnership
This year, the Council honors the following organizations:
Cultural Society of Filipino Americans
Tibetan American Foundation of Minnesota
The council would also like to thank all community members and sponsors that attended the event. The annual dinner would not have been possible without your contributions.
Quick Facts about Asian Pacific Minnesotans from the 2010 Census:
➢ MN’s Asian Population quadrupled since 1970.
➢ Since 2000, Asians in Minnesota grew 52.5% and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders grew 5.8%.
➢ Minnesota’s Asian Pacific population is vastly different from the national make-up. 50.2% of our population identifies as Southeast Asian vs. 20.7% of the national average
➢ The Hmong population is the largest Asian population in Minnesota at 66,181 or 27% of all Asian Pacific Minnesotans