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Video: Congressman Bill Foster Honors Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

May 13, 2013
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Today, Congressman Bill Foster, with his wife Aesook, released a video to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

“This month, as we continue to come closer to finally passing commonsense immigration reform, I am proud to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and honor all of the contributions from the Asian Pacific community that have made our country so strong,” said Foster.

Watch the video here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6nxF-Kn-quQ&feature=youtu.be

In 1992, under President George H.W. Bush, the official designation of May as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law. The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese to the United States on May 7, 1843, and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad on May 10, 1869. The majority of the workers who laid the tracks were Chinese Immigrants. For more information on events throughout the month please visit https://asianpacificheritage.gov/index.html.