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Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

May 1, 2023

WHEREAS, Alaska has a rich cultural history that includes the values of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders; and

WHEREAS, the culture of our communities is comprised of many languages, beliefs, and traditions that strengthen the social fabric of our diverse state; and

WHEREAS, we respect the heritage and traditions of all cultures in Alaska, and we are proud to be Alaskans with a diverse ethnic heritage; and

WHEREAS, generations of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans have contributed to our state through their hard work and love of family and friends, and we are grateful for their service in our military and for protecting our Constitution and freedoms; and

WHEREAS, on May 20, 2023, we have an opportunity to experience Pacific Islander culture through the Pacific Island Cultural Flag Day celebration, held to commemorate the first raising of the American Flag on Tutuila Island in the American Samoa on April 17, 1900. We also have the opportunity to remember the first Japanese citizens who came to the United States on May 7, 1843, and honor the numerous Chinese workers who helped lay the tracks of the transcontinental railroad, which was completed on May 10, 1869; and

WHEREAS, Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month is an occasion to recognize and appreciate the history, culture, and achievements of Alaska’s Asian and Pacific Island Americans.

NOW THEREFORE, I, Mike Dunleavy, GOVERNOR OF THE STATE OF ALASKA, do hereby proclaim May 2023 as:

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

in Alaska, and encourage all Alaskans to recognize and learn about the Asian American and Pacific Islander cultures and the contributions that they have made to Alaska and our nation.

Dated: May 1, 2023