LANSING, Mich. — Today Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood (D–Taylor) introduced Senate Resolution 53, which was adopted and mirrors a similar resolution introduced in the House, that will designate May 2017 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 — and continue to leave — a lasting, positive imprint on our state and enrich our arts, sciences, business, education and philanthropy.”

The state of Michigan is home to more than 300,000 residents of Asian and Pacific Island descent. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, Asian Pacific Americans comprise one of the fastest-growing populations in the state.

The resolution will coincide with the 15th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Month celebration taking place at the Capitol on May 11, 2017. Ms. Arianna Quan, Miss Michigan 2016, will keynote the event. Ms. Quan is the first Asian American and naturalized citizen to be a state titleholder for the Miss Michigan Scholarship Pageant.

“We are collectively a culturally diverse group of people representing 30 countries, 16 major ethnic groups, several languages and numerous belief systems,” Sen. Hopgood said. “Taking pride in our diversity and celebrating our rich heritage and contributions to the state we love is empowering.”

Sen. Hopgood invites the public to join him for Michigan’s 15th Annual Asian Pacific American Heritage Day at the Capitol on Thursday, May 11, 2017, from 11 a.m. to noon.

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