U.S.

May 11, 2012

May is Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month

by Alic Nelson
305th Air Mobility Wing Historian

JOINT BASE MCGUIRE-DIX-LAKEHURST, N.J. — May is Asian and Pacific American Heritage Month – a celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in the United States.

This year’s theme is “Striving for Excellence in Leadership, Diversity and Inclusion.”

Representatives Frank Horton and Norman Y. Mineta introduced a resolution to the House of Representatives in June 1977, calling upon the president to proclaim the first ten days of May as Asian and Pacific Heritage Week. A month later, Senators Daniel Inouye and Spark Matsunaga introduced a similar bill to the Senate; Congress passed both bills.

President Jimmy Carter signed a joint resolution Oct. 5, 1978, designating the annual celebration. The holiday was expanded further in May 1990, when President George H. W. Bush designated May as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

May was historically significant to Asians. The immigration of the first Japanese to the United States occurred on May 7, 1843 and May 10, 1869, marked the completion of the transcontinental railroad; built primarily by Chinese immigrants.

Additionally, Asian-Americans have fought on behalf of the United States since the War of 1812.

It is estimated that 12 to 20 thousand of all Chinese-American men served during World War II. Of those serving, about 40 percent were born overseas and unlike Japanese and Filipino Americans, 75 percent served in non-segregated units. A quarter of those served in the U.S. Army Air Force with some seeing action in the 14th Air Service Group and the Chinese-American Composite Wing in the Chinese Burma India Theater.

The first Asian-American general was Brig. Gen. Albert Lyman, who was part Chinese and Hawaiian American. He was followed by Rear Adm. Gordon Chung-Hoon, the first Asian American flag officer.

The United States military has had 43 Japanese Americans, 26 Chinese Americans, 10 Filipino Americans and four Korean American general flag officers serve.

The highest ranked of these is retired U.S. Army General Eric Shinseki. He served as Army Chief of Staff prior to his nomination as Secretary of Veterans Affairs by President Barack Obama on Dec. 7, 2008. His nomination was unanimously confirmed by the Senate on Jan. 20, 2009 and he was sworn in the next day.

Although Asian Pacific Islander Americans are 3.49 percent of the national population aged 18 to 24, they are about 9 to 10 percent of the classes of 2014 at West Point, the Naval Academy, and the Air Force Academy.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell McMillan

Mega-Code 14: Preparing March for joint medical operations

U.S. Air Force photo/Senior Airman Russell McMillan Senior Airman Kerry Diehl-Hauser (left) and Maj. Lorna Figueras, 452nd Aeromedical Staging Squadron, help transfer a simulated patient from an ambulance to a C-17 Globemaster ...
 
 

SAPR: More than an Air Force Acronym

As an Airman and a senior leader in the Air Force Reserve, I’ve seen firsthand the devastating impacts of sexual assault on an Air Force organization. Regardless of your unit or military status, Active or Reserve, no one is immune to these impacts nor absolved of their responsibility to combat the instances of sexual assault...
 
 
Untitled-1

March Baseball Championship

Members of the 163rd Reconnaissance Wing (top) beat a team from the 452nd Air Mobility Wing to win the 2014 March Field baseball championship trophy. The 452 AMW members (bottom) were the base runners-up and league champions.
 

 
HBI-Graphic

Access to Care

Since the TRICARE Prime benefit was first introduced in 1995, the Military Health System has established standards by which we hold ourselves accountable for access to health care. The standards are straightforward. If a patien...
 
 
flu_gov

Flu season just around corner

It’s hard to believe that another year has passed and flu season is just around the corner. Although seasonal flu usually peaks in January or February, it can occur as early as October which means our annual Flu Campaign is r...
 
 

SECAF: Air Force grapples with Congress to fund readiness

WASHINGTON (AFNS) — To balance readiness today and modernization tomorrow, the Air Force’s fiscal year 2015 budget request is shrinking like today’s defense budget thanks to Congress’s own priorities and the approaching threat of sequestration in 2016, Air Force leaders said July 30. Secretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James and Air Force Chief...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>


Directory powered by Business Directory Plugin