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Mayor Donald Hahn participated in this event on Tuesday, May 1, to kick off Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritage Month.
Harrisburg, PA – First Lady Frances Wolf today joined Governor Tom Wolf’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs (GACAPAA) to host the first annual Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Recognition Ceremony to celebrate the beginning of AAPI Heritage Month. 31 Asian Americans from across the commonwealth were recognized at the Governor’s Residence for their outstanding contributions and dedicated service to the AAPI community and Pennsylvania.
“Those being honored today have made incredible contributions to their respective communities – and to the commonwealth. Many of them have also overcome significant challenges along the way,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “That is exactly why Tom and I, along with the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Asian Pacific American Affairs, are welcoming them to the Governor’s Residence today in celebration of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. It is important for us to pause and recognize the profound contributions each of these individuals has made to Pennsylvania.”
“According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the AAPI communities in Pennsylvania saw an 18.3 percent increase between 2010 and 2015, compared to an increase of only 1.3 percent for the total population in the commonwealth,” said Commission Chair Bibhuti Aryal. “This community is rapidly growing, and the thirty one individuals being honored today are a great representation of the more than 400,000 AAPIs currently in Pennsylvania.
“On behalf of the GACAPAA, we are honored to join First Lady Frances Wolf to recognize these 31 individuals for their outstanding contributions to the AAPI communities across Pennsylvania. These individuals deserve recognition, and we are honored to share their unique stories and accomplishments.”
View Governor Wolf’s proclamation commemorating May 2018 as AAPI Heritage Month
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Photo Credit: The Office of Governor Tom Wolf