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Mayor Gray Announces May is Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mayor Gray Announces May is Annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The Month Celebrates and Recognizes the Contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans

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(Washington, DC) – Today, Mayor Vincent C. Gray and the Mayor’s Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs (OAPIA) announced the beginning of the annual celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.

“Today, we come together to celebrate the outstanding achievements of Asian Americans in our society,” said Mayor Gray. “Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders play a significant role in our city’s life both professionally and culturally. They are part of the rich tapestry of diversity that makes the District great – and we hope to build on that greatness by continuing to support and embrace the many talents that members of the AAPI community bring to the table.”

Throughout the month, OAPIA will pay tribute to the generations of Asian American and Pacific Islander Americans who have enriched the District’s history. To find out more information on AAPI Heritage Month’s various activities and celebrations, please visit OAPIA’s website at www.apia.dc.gov.

“AAPIs are proud to call our Nation’s Capital their home and have contributed to the rich fabric of our city,” said Soohyun “Julie” Koo, Executive Director of OAPIA. “AAPIs have made a tremendous impact on the city’s economy and culture. OAPIA commemorates this month by honoring the sacrifices and contributions of the District’s AAPI community. We hope this will provide our residents with an opportunity to learn more about AAPI customs and traditions.”

OAPIA continues to promote the Mayor’s ‘One City’ philosophy by asking residents to submit stories to the “I Am AAPI in DC” campaign. The blog showcases the many contributions of AAPI residents and features local AAPI community members who have played a significant role in creating a stronger and more vibrant city. The blog can be viewed at www.iamaapidc.com.

For more information on the Office on Asian and Pacific Islander Affairs, or to submit a story, please contact oapia@dc.gov.