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Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 1, 2024

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May is Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month. This month, we celebrate and recognize the significant historical and cultural contributions made by individuals and groups in the AANHPI community.

The History of AANHPI Heritage Month

The history of AANHPI Heritage Month began in the 1970s. In 1977, New York Representative Frank Horton introduced House Joint Resolution 540, suggesting that the first ten days of May be recognized as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. Hawaii Senator Daniel Inouye proposed a similar resolution in the same year.

Celebrating AANHPI Heritage Month

By observing AANHPI Heritage Month, we can promote a deeper understanding and appreciation for the diversity of AANHPI cultures and histories. Additionally, we can support AANHPI communities by standing firmly against discrimination and advocating for policies that uphold diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (DEIB). Our collective effort can help us build a more just and equitable society for everyone.

Notable Historical Figures

Tammy Duckworth 

Tammy Duckworth is the first person born in Thailand to become a member of Congress, the first woman with a disability elected to Congress, and the first double amputee in the Senate. Duckworth is a retired Army National Guard lieutenant colonel. She was the first American female double amputee from the Iraq War and received a Purple Heart. 

Hong Yen Chang

Hong Yen Chang was the first Chinese immigrant to earn a license to practice law in the United States. After graduating with honors from Columbia Law School in 1886, he was denied admission to the New York State Bar because he was not a U.S. citizen. However, the New York State Legislature passed an act that allowed him to be admitted to the bar on May 17, 1888. 

Ellison Onizuka

Ellison Onizuka was the first Asian American in space. He served as a mission specialist on the STS-51C mission of Space Shuttle Discovery in 1985. Onizuka was also a flight test engineer and test pilot in the U.S. Air Force. He died tragically in the Space Shuttle Challenger explosion in 1986. The U.S. Air Force posthumously promoted him to colonel from lieutenant colonel. 

How We Prioritize DEIB

For Public Knowledge®, DEIB is not just an initiative or a program. It is a fundamental belief that informs everything we do. We value diversity and believe it’s key to finding the best solutions. We strive to uphold these values in our everyday actions and create an environment where everyone feels respected, heard, and empowered to contribute their unique insights and experiences. 

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