Press Release ● Miscellaneous
For Immediate Release: 
May 4, 2010
Contact Info: 
Katie Grant
Stephanie Lundberg
(202) 225 - 3130

WASHINGTON, DC - House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement on Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month, which is observed in May:
“Each May, we mark Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month to celebrate the remarkable contributions made to America by the Asian and Pacific Islander communities. Congress originally chose the month of May in order to commemorate the arrival of the first Japanese immigrants in the United States, on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the transcontinental railroad, thanks largely to Chinese immigrant workers, on May 10, 1869. From those beginnings, generations of Asians and Pacific Islanders have journeyed to America in search of a better life for themselves and their families; their struggles and successes have long illustrated the true meaning of the American dream. This month, we honor the Asian and Pacific Americans who have distinguished themselves as community leaders, public servants, entrepreneurs, educators, members of our armed forces, and more. I hope that all Americans will take time this month to reflect on those many contributions and the future we share.”