May 06, 2014

Kaine Celebrates Asian Pacific American Heritage Month

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Tim Kaine released the following statement to recognize Asian Pacific American Heritage Month. Kaine, who recently hosted an Asian American roundtable with community leaders and small business owners, praised the many contributions of the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community to the country.

“The story of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in our nation’s history has been one of struggle, resolve and lasting accomplishments. The month of May holds special significance in this story - from the first wave of Japanese immigrants arriving in America in 1843 to when Chinese laborers played a key role in the completion of the transcontinental railroad in 1869. So it's fitting that every May we take time to recognize the strong role members of the AAPI community continue to play in Virginia and across the country -- whether in our Armed Forces, business, technology, education, government or the arts. I'm proud to celebrate Asian Pacific American Heritage Month and honor the legacy of a community that has shaped our nation in such a remarkable way."