Memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2013, as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the State of New York

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION memorializing Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to
proclaim May 2013, as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month in the State
of New York, in conjunction with National Asian Pacific American Herit-
age Month

WHEREAS, Asian Pacific Islander Americans have contributed greatly to
the wealth and cultural heritage of our great State of New York; and
WHEREAS, This Legislative Body is justly proud to memorialize Governor
Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2013, as Asian Pacific American Heritage
Month in the State of New York, in conjunction with National Asian
Pacific American Heritage Month; and
WHEREAS, Asian Pacific Islander Americans comprise many ethnicities
and languages, and their myriad achievements embody the American experi-
ence; and
WHEREAS, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have started busi-
nesses, including some of our Nation's most successful and dynamic
enterprises; these men and women are leaders in every aspect of American
life such as government and industry, science and medicine, the arts and
our Armed Forces, education and sports; and
WHEREAS, New York received some of the first Asian arrivals in the
early 1800s; sailors and traders of the China trade became an essential
part of the port culture that formed in New York City, the city of immi-
grants and the American Dream; and
WHEREAS, New York is home to Asian Pacific Islanders from all parts of
the Asian continent and Pacific Islands, including Japan, China, Taiwan,
Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Laos, Burma, Cambodia, the Philippines, Samoa,
Fiji, Guam, India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Sikkim, and
Bhutan; and
WHEREAS, The United States Congress passed a joint Congressional
Resolution in 1978 to commemorate Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week
during the first week of May; this date was chosen because two important
anniversaries occurred during this time: the arrival of the first Japa-
nese immigrants in America on May 7, 1843, and the completion of the
transcontinental railroad by many Chinese laborers on May 10, 1869; and
WHEREAS, In 1990, Congress voted to expand it from a week to a month
long celebration; In May 1992, the month of May was permanently desig-
nated as "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month"; and
WHEREAS, According to the 2010 Census, Asian/Pacific Islanders
comprise 7.8% of the population of New York State, and 14%, and growing,
of New York City; and
WHEREAS, Chinatown in Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn is the largest
enclave of Chinese people in the Western hemisphere; furthermore, the
New York City metropolitan area is home to 15% of all Korean Americans
in the United States; and
WHEREAS, There are many notable Asian Americans from New York, some of
whom include: Wataru "Wat" Misaka, player for the New York Knicks in the
1947-48 season; Yuri Kochiyama, Nobel Peace Prize nominee; Roger Y.
Tsien, awarded the 2008 Nobel Prize in chemistry for his discovery and
development of the green fluorescent protein (GFP) with two other chem-
ists: Martin Chalfie of Columbia University and Osamu Shimomura of
Boston University and Marine Biological Laboratory; Jip Chun, who worked
for Otis Elevator Co. and invented a fire safety switch in all eleva-
tors; Lucy Liu, Chinese American actress from Woodside, Queens; Hikaru
Utada, Japanese American singer, songwriter, arranger, and producer;
Bill Lann Lee, Assistant United States Attorney General for the Civil
Rights Division for the United States Department of Justice Civil Rights
Division under President Bill Clinton; Sheryl WuDunn, a SUNY Trustee and

writer for the New York Times and the first Asian American to win a
Pulitzer Prize in 1990; Zubin Mehta, Conductor, New York Philharmonic
Orchestra; Charles Mingus, jazz double bassist, composer, band leader;
Laura Chang, science editor, The New York Times; Michiko Kakutani, The
New York Times literary critic and author; Jennifer 8. Lee, journalist,
The New York Times; John Liu, the first Asian American elected to the
New York City Council (representing Flushing, Queens) in 2001 and New
York City Comptroller; Grace Meng, the first Asian American elected to
the U.S. Congress from New York; Benny Agbayani, former outfielder for
New York Mets; Yung Wing, the first Chinese person to graduate from a
U.S. college (Yale in 1854); Jeremy Lin, player for the New York Knicks
in the 2011-2012 season; and Ron Kim, first Korean American to be
elected to the New York State Legislature in 2012, to name a few; and
WHEREAS, According to a newly released report, ASIAN AMERICANS OF THE
Federation finds the Asian population in New York State grew fastest
outside of New York City; the number of Asian residents in the suburban
counties surrounding New York City grew by 47% and those in counties
outside of the New York City metro area grew by 56%; and
WHEREAS, With the population growth upstate came increased diversity;
Burmese Americans went from being too small to be reported to the sixth
largest Asian group in upstate counties in 2010; and
WHEREAS, Furthermore, unemployment rates in the Asian community were
mostly at or below the general population, indicating Asians were active
participants in the economy; without the growth in the Asian population,
New York's total population would have declined in the last decade; and
WHEREAS, By recognizing the accomplishments and contributions of Asian
Pacific Americans, this great Empire State reaffirms our commitment to
diversity and equal opportunity for all, thereby ensuring a bright
future for all New Yorkers and Americans; now, therefore, be it
RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to
memorialize Governor Andrew M. Cuomo to proclaim May 2013, as Asian
Pacific American Heritage Month in the State of New York, in conjunction
with National Asian Pacific American Heritage Month; and be it further
RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, he tran-
smitted to The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo, Governor of the State of New


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