Hirono resolution recognizing May as AANHPI Heritage Month is passed by Senate
The Senate unanimously passed today a resolution introduced by U.S. Senator Mazie K. Hirono (D-HI) to mark May as Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander (AANHPI) Heritage Month.
The resolution recognizes the significant contributions that Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander communities have made to this country.
Companion legislation was introduced in the House by Representative Judy Chu (D-CA), Chair of the Congressional Asian Pacific American Caucus. Hirono is an executive board member of the caucus.
“This month is an opportunity to celebrate the many contributions of AANHPI communities, and the critical role we have played throughout our nation’s history,” said Sen. Hirono during her remarks.
“Members of our community have long been leaders in government, science, business, the arts, and more. But while we celebrate our community, this month also a reminder of how much work remains to advance equality and equity for our community.”
“Among other challenges, our communities are still combatting anti-Asian violence, suffering from health disparities, and experiencing sex trafficking and violence at alarming rates,” continued Senator Hirono.
“This resolution highlights many of the leaders of our community throughout history, and some of the triumphs, and challenges, we have faced throughout the years. It affirms the important role our communities continue to play in the story of our nation and has bipartisan support.”