“American Odyssey” Book Celebrates “Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month”By: Get News
May 30, 2022 at 13:42 PM EDT
American Odyssey, From Beijing to Washington, is a new autobiography written by Rose Hong, an American author, TV producer & host, and international business executive.
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month (AAPI Heritage Month) is an annual celebration that recognizes the historical and cultural contributions of individuals and groups of Asian and Pacific Islander descent to the United States. The AAPI includes East, Southeast and South Asia—and the Pacific Islands of Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia. As of 2019, there were about 23 million people of Asian or Pacific Islander descent in the United States. According to the Pew Research Center. AAPI people are a diverse and growing population that makes up about 7 percent of the total U.S. population.
The effort to officially recognize Asian American and Pacific Islander contributions to the United States began in the late 1970s, and took over 10 years to make it a permanent month-long celebration.
After the House and the Senate passed the Resolution, President Jimmy Carter signed it into Public Law 95-419 on October 5, 1978. From 1980 to 1990, each president passed annual proclamations for Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. In 1990, Congress expanded the observance from a week to a month. May was annually designated as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month in 1992 under the George H. W. Bush administration with the passing of Public Law 102-540. Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month was renamed AAPI Heritage Month in 2009.
Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have contributed significantly to many facets of American culture and society, including science and medicine, literature and art, sports and recreation, government and politics, and activism and law.
Today, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders are the fastest growing racial group in the United States.
“American Odyssey – From Beijing to Washington” celebrates the unique journey of Rose Hong, her struggles, and triumphs as a first-generation immigrant in the United States,
She came to the United States with only $35 dollars and spoking broken English. Rose Hong started her American odyssey with nothing and now she is an accomplished American citizen, and her work has impacted the lives of hundreds of thousands of people.
Asian Americans contribute to every sector of our society and trace their roots to more than 20 countries in the East, Southeast Asia and the Indian subcontinent; each with their unique histories, cultures, languages, and other characteristics.
(Rose Hong Book Signing at the Asian American and Pacific Island Heritage Month Celebration in Montgomery County, MD)
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