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File #: 71240    Version: 1 Name: Recognizing May as Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month.
Type: Resolution Status: Passed
File created: 5/3/2022 In control: COMMON COUNCIL
On agenda: 5/10/2022 Final action: 5/10/2022
Enactment date: 5/13/2022 Enactment #: RES-22-00320
Title: Recognizing May as Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month.
Sponsors: Keith Furman, Jael Currie, Satya V. Rhodes-Conway, Syed Abbas, Christian A. Albouras, Brian Benford, Juliana R. Bennett, Sheri Carter, Nikki Conklin, Tag Evers, Yannette Figueroa Cole, Grant Foster, Gary Halverson, Barbara Harrington-McKinney, Patrick W. Heck, Lindsay Lemmer, Arvina Martin, Charles Myadze, Michael E. Verveer, Regina M. Vidaver, Nasra Wehelie
Fiscal Note
No fiscal impact.
Recognizing May as Asian Pacific Islander Desi American Heritage Month.
WHEREAS, in 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843), and the contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869; and,

WHEREAS, in 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration that is now known as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month; and,

WHEREAS, the Library of Congress, National Archives and Records Administration, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art, National Park Service, Smithsonian Institution, and United States Holocaust Memorial Museum join in paying tribute to the many generations of Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi Americans who have enriched America’s history and are instrumental in its future success; and,

WHEREAS, this month is designated to learn more about and appreciate the contributions, concerns, achievements and histories of Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans; and,

WHEREAS, Asian Pacific Islander Desi Americans have contributed and continue to contribute significantly to the development of the arts, sciences, sports, government, military, welfare, commerce, and education in the United States; and,

WHEREAS, Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi American populations are rich with a broad variety of cultures, values, languages, religions, and traditions; and,

WHEREAS, Asian, Pacific Islander and Desi Americans represent at least 9.1% of the population of Madison; and,

WHEREAS, in March 2021, the Madison Common Council passed a resolution condemning anti-Asian hate and affirming the City's commitment to its Asian, Asian American and Pacific Islander residents; and,

WHEREAS, the Mad...

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