Resolution J1610-2013

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



  • May 7, 2013: ADOPTED
  • May 1, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE


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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