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File #: 170420    Version: 0 Name:
Type: Resolution Status: ADOPTED
File created: 4/27/2017 In control: CITY COUNCIL
On agenda: Final action: 4/27/2017
Title: Recognizing May 2017 as Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month in Philadelphia to celebrate and commemorate the proud heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their important contributions to enhancing the City's culture, economy, and the founding ideals of independence and democracy.
Sponsors: Councilmember Oh, Councilmember Squilla, Councilmember Gym, Councilmember Quiñones Sánchez, Councilmember Taubenberger, Councilmember Domb, Councilmember Reynolds Brown, Councilmember Greenlee, Councilmember Parker, Councilmember Green, Councilmember Henon, Councilmember Jones, Councilmember Bass, Councilmember Blackwell, Councilmember Johnson
Attachments: 1. Signature17042000.pdf

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Recognizing May 2017 as Asian American and Pacific Islanders Heritage Month in Philadelphia to celebrate and commemorate the proud heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their important contributions to enhancing the City’s culture, economy, and the founding ideals of independence and democracy.

 

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WHEREAS, Section 102 of Title 36, United States Code, officially designates May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and authorizes the President to issue each year a proclamation calling on the people of the United States to observe this special month with appropriate programs, ceremonies, and activities; and

 

WHEREAS, The month of May was chosen because of two important historical dates in Asian American and Pacific Islander history: on May 7, 1843, the first Japanese immigrants arrived in the United States, and on May 10, 1869, the building of the transcontinental railroad was completed due to significant contributions of Chinese workers; and 

 

WHEREAS, Today, the United States is home to 20.9 million Asian Americans and 1.5 million Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders; and

 

WHEREAS, The Asian American and Pacific Islander community in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has grown to over 500,000 residents; and  

 

WHEREAS, In Philadelphia, between 2000 and 2010, both Asian American and Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander populations grew significantly, increasing 43% and 32%, respectively; Philadelphia has nearly 110,000 Asian Americans and over 3,100 Native Hawaiians and Pacific Islanders; and

 

WHEREAS, The Asian American and Pacific Islander community of Philadelphia is a diverse and dynamic group of 25 different ethnicities that impact all facets of our great City; and

 

WHEREAS, All citizens of Philadelphia are encouraged to participate in learning about the rich heritage and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders that have been intrinsically woven into the American experience for over 170 years; now, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED, BY THE COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PHILADELPHIA, That it hereby recognizes May 2017 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Philadelphia to celebrate and commemorate the proud heritage of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders and their important contributions to enhancing the City’s culture, economy, and the founding ideals of independence and democracy.

 

FURTHER RESOLVED, That an Engrossed copy of this resolution be presented to the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of Ascend to recognize its leadership in providing professional development and career enhancement programs designed to cultivate Pan-Asian talent across the Philadelphia region, and to further evidence the sincere admiration and respect of this legislative body.

 

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