LANSING, Mich. — Today Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D–Taylor) introduced and the Senate adopted Senate Resolution 170, which will designate May 2016 as Asian Pacific American Heritage Month.

“Asian Pacific American Heritage Month gives us the opportunity to talk about the achievements of our community,” Sen. Hopgood said. “Our Asian Pacific American residents have left a lasting, positive imprint on our state.”

The state of Michigan is home to more than 300,000 residents of Asian and Pacific Island descent. Asian Pacific Americans comprise one of the fastest-growing populations in both the state and the nation.

The resolution will coincide with the 14th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration taking place at the Capitol on May 10. Frank Wu, a Detroit native, will keynote the event. Mr. Wu was the first Asian Pacific American professor to teach at Howard Law School, as well as the first Asian Pacific American to serve as dean of Wayne State University Law School.

“We represent a culturally diverse group of people from more than thirty countries, 16 major ethnic groups, nine languages and numerous belief systems,” Sen. Hopgood said. “Celebrating our rich heritage and contributions to the state we love is empowering.”

Sen. Hopgood invites the public to join him at the Capitol for Michigan’s 14th Annual Asian Pacific American Legislative Day on Tuesday, May 10, 2016, from 11 a.m. to noon.

For more information please visit: