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Title: Asian-Pacific American


Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month May 2011

Asian-Pacific American Facts
  • May is Asian-Pacific American Heritage Montha
    celebration of Asians and Pacific Islanders in
    the United States. Asian-Pacific encompasses
    the entire Asian continent and the Pacific
    Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.

Asian-Pacific American Facts
  • May was chosen in order to commemorate the
    immigration of the first Japanese people to the
    United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the
    anniversary of the completion of the first
    Transcontinental Railroad on May 10, 1869. The
    majority of the workers who laid the tracks were
    Chinese immigrants.

Asian-Pacific American Facts

President Obama said in his 2010 Presidential
Proclamation- Asian-Americans and Pacific
Islanders have persevered and flourished,
achieving success in every sector of American
life. They stood shoulder to shoulder with their
fellow citizens during the civil rights movement
they have served proudly in our Armed Forces and
they have prospered as leaders in business,
academia, and public service.

2011 Theme
  • Diversity,
  • Leadership, Empowerment, and Beyond
  • The next few slides focus on Diversity

Trivia Questions
  • What is the significance of the numbers 3, 13,
    and 19?
  • What language (after Spanish), was the most
    widely spoken non-English language according to
    the Census Bureau?

3 is Significant The 2010 U.S. Census Bureau
Questionnaires were available in three
languages (Chinese, Vietnamese, and Korean)

13 is Significant
The 2010 Census Bureau Public Service
Announcements were translated into 13 Asian
languages Bengali, Chinese (Mandarin and
Cantonese), Hindi, Hmong, Japanese, Khmer,
Korean, Laotian, Tagalog, Thai, Urdu, and

19 is Significant
The 2010 Census Bureau Language Assistance
Guides (instructions) were created in 19
languages Bengali, Burmese, Cebuano, Chinese,
Hindi, Hmong, Ilocano, Japanese, Khmer, Korean,
Laotian, Malayalam, Tagalog, Tamil, Telugu, Thai,
Urdu, and Vietnamese and also available in Native
Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander languages
Chamorro, Chuukese, Marshallese, Samoan, and

Asian-Pacific American Facts
2.5 millionThe number of people age 5 and older
who spoke Chinese at home in 2009. After
Spanish, Chinese was the most widely spoken
non-English language.

Asian-Pacific American Facts
15.5 millionThe estimated number of U.S.
residents in July 2008 who said they were Asian
or Asian in combination with one or more other
races comprising 5 of the total population.

Asian-Pacific American Facts
48The proportion of civilian employed
single-race Asians age 16 and older who worked in
management, professional, and related
occupations, such as financial managers,
engineers, teachers, and registered nurses.
Asian-Pacific American Ethnicities
  • AsianAsian-Indian B
    angladesh BhutaneseBurmese Cambodian Ceram
  • Chinese Kampuchea IndochineseFilipino Hmong Ik
  • Indonesian Japanese Malayan Javanese Korean La
  • Mien Mongolian Sumatran Nepali Singaporean Sr
    i LankanTaiwanese Thai Tibetan
  • Vietnamese Urdu

Asian-Pacific American Ethnicities
  • Pacific Islander
  • Fijian Guamanian Hawaiian Melanesian Tongan No
    rthern New Guinean Polynesian Mariana
    IslanderPaluan Papua Samoan TahitianMicronesi
    an Yapese Solomon Islander


2011 Theme
  • Diversity,
  • Leadership, Empowerment, and Beyond
  • The next few slides focus on Leadership and

Military Facts
  • Thailand-born Ladda "Tammy" Duckworth is the
    Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs for
    public and intergovernmental affairs.
  • She was a National Guard soldier, Black Hawk
    pilot, and an Operation Iraqi Freedom veteran.
  • In 2004, her helicopter was shot down during a
    combat mission in Iraq, resulting in the loss of
    both legs and was limited to partial use of one

Photo courtesy of
Military Facts
  • During World War II, the 442nd Regimental Combat
    Team was a unit made up of the sons of
    Nisei-American born sons of Japanese immigrants.
  • The 442nd was the most decorated unit for its
    size and length of service in the entire history
    of the U.S. military.

Photo courtesy of the White House

Military Facts
  • Korean-American Herbert Choy, previously a 1st
    lieutenant in the Army, became the first
    Asian-American federal judge in 1971.

Courtesy of the U.S. Department of Defense

Military Facts
  • Juan T. Salas was the first Chamorro (Asian
    Pacific Islander from Guam) to graduate from the
    U.S. Coast Guard Academy (Class of 1968).  He was
    also the first Chamorro to reach the rank of
    commanding officer.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Coast Guard

Military Facts
On December 15, 1943, Wilbur Carl Sze was
commissioned as a 2nd lieutenant and the first
Chinese-American officer in the U.S. Marine
Photo courtesy of the U.S. Marine Corps
Military Facts
  • Thirty-one Asian-Pacific Americans have been
    awarded the Medal of Honor.

Photo courtesy of the U.S. Army
Doua Thor Executive Director
  • Doua Thor is the executive director of the
    Southeast Asia Resource Action Center .
  • She and her family were among the thousands of
    Hmong refugees who were resettled in the United
    States after fighting alongside the U.S. during
    the Vietnam War.
  • Thor was appointed by President Obama to the
    President's Advisory Commission on
    Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders in 2010.

Photo courtesy of the White House
Taro Akebono Sumo Wrestler
  • Taro Akebono, the worlds best sumo wrestler, is
    an American.
  • Akebono is the only yokozuna in sumo wrestling,
    the highest classification in Japan's most
    traditional sport.
  • "You have to be able to swallow your pride, no
    matter how much you get kicked down and thrown
    around," he said in English. "You just swallow
    your pride and keep working as hard as you can.

Ellison Onizuka Astronaut
  • Ellison Onizuka was selected as an astronaut
    candidate by NASA in 1978.
  • He worked at the Kennedy Space Center
  • for STS-l and STS-2. He flew on
  • the first Space Shuttle DoD mission,
  • which launched in 1985.
  • Lieutenant Colonel Onizuka was a mission
  • specialist on the Challenger when it exploded
    January 28, 1986, 1 minute 13 seconds after

Photo courtesy of NASA
Dr. Steven Chu Scientist Secretary of Energy

Dr. Steven Chu is a distinguished scientist and
cowinner of the Nobel Prize for Physics (1997).
As United States Secretary of Energy, Chu is
implementing President Obama's agenda to invest
in clean energy, reduce our dependence on foreign
oil, address the global climate crisis, and
create new jobs.
Photo courtesy of the Department of Energy
Duke Paoa Kahanamoku Surfer
  • Born in Honolulu in 1890, Duke Paoa Kahanamoku
    was known as the father of international
  • He won gold at the 1920 Olympics, silver at the
    1924 Olympics, and bronze at the 1932 Olympics.
  • Kahanamoku's surfing talents caught the
    attention of Hollywood, where he appeared in
    nearly 30 movies. He also served as sheriff of
    Honolulu for 26 years.


There's a basic philosophy here that by
empowering ... workers you'll make their jobs far
more interesting, and they'll be able to work at
a higher level. Bill Gates, American
entrepreneur and founder of Microsoft

2011 Theme
  • Diversity,
  • Leadership, Empowerment, and Beyond
  • The remaining slides focus on Beyond

  • The Art of Feng Shui
  • As Asian culture becomes more popular in the
    U.S., the ancient Chinese method of creating a
    harmonious environment, feng shui, is also
    gaining ground. Pronounced "fung shway," it means
    "wind and water.
  • The art of feng shui is nearly 5,000 years old
    and seeks to promote prosperity, good health, and
    general well-being by examining how energy, qi
    (pronounced "chee,") flows through a particular
    room, house, building, or garden.


  • You may have used these items in your daily
    lives. Do you know where these inventions came
  • abacus compass fireworks
  • ink cards kite paper
  • porcelain silk wheelbarrow

  • The facts are modern agriculture, shipping,
    astronomical observatories, decimal mathematics,
    paper money, umbrellas, papermaking, printing,
    gunpowder, the mariner's compass, wheelbarrows,
    multi-stage rockets, brandy and whiskey, chess,
    and much more, all came from China.


Two examples of Asian New Years celebrations
are Genjitsu Japanese New Year's Day
Gung Hay Fat Choy Chinese New Year
  • Genjitsu
  • This is a special festival in Japan. On New
    Year's morning, the family dresses in new
    clothes. They eat soup, black beans, and seaweed
    (symbolizing happiness). After the meal, children
    receive their special New Year's gifts, usually
    coins sealed in special gift envelopes.
  • On the second day, the first writing or
    kakizome occurs. Every family member uses a brush
    and ink to write a poem or proverb on a long
    piece of paper.

  • Gung Hay Fat Choy
  • The Chinese add a year to their age on New Year's
    Day, regardless of the day on which they were
  • It is a time for new clothes, homes are filled
    with flowers and fruit, and families remember
    their ancestors. Money is wrapped in red paper
    for the children, called lai see, and
    firecrackers are set off to scare away any evil
  • The ceremonial dragon winds its way through the
    throngs of happy people in the streets.

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Prepared byJose A. Principe, MBAon behalf of
theDefense Equal OpportunityManagement
InstitutePatrick Air Force Base, FloridaAll
photographs are public domain and are from
various sources as cited.Opinions expressed in
this report are those of the author andshould
not be construed to represent the official
position ofDEOMI, the U.S. Military services, or
the Department of Defense.
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