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By Ravi R Ponangi

Governor Brian Kemp signed a proclamation that recognizes the contributions of people of Asian Pacific American Community while declaring May 2019 as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month. While presenting the proclamation to the Asian Pacific American Community, Governor Kemp commended and appreciated contributions of Asian Pacific American Community not only in Georgia but also in the US. This year, in this event so many Indians attended along with other members of Asian Pacific American community of Georgia. Ritesh Desai who serves on Governor Brian Kemp’s Georgians First Commission said that the Governor has been very deeply rooted and engaged with the Asian – Pacific American community.

The month of May is Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month. May was chosen intentionally to commemorate two specific events in AAPI history: the immigration of the first Japanese immigrants to the United States in May of 1843, and the completion of the Transcontinental Railroad in May of 1868. The origin of Asian/Pacific-American Heritage Month dates back to the 95th Congress (1977-1978) when five joint resolutions were introduced proposing that a week in May be designated to commemorate the accomplishments of Asian/Pacific Americans.

The proclamation signed by Georgia Governor Kemp states “Asian – Pacific American community has contributed to all facets of life in Georgia, including arts, culture, heritage, business, education and this is a recognition of their contributions, Throughout our history, Asian-Pacific Americans have made significant contributions to the collective heritage and quality of life in the state of Georgia. The peach state is fortunate to be home to over 300,000 citizens with Asian-Pacific American heritage. According to US census, this community, is one of the most diverse and fastest growing groups in the US,” states the proclamation.


' Jun-09-2019