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Celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month By Cyndy Yu Robinson
Sunday, May 01, 2011 10:33 PM :: 3586 Views

For the twentieth consecutive year, the White House has proclaimed the month of May as Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month.  Excerpts from President Obama's proclamation are shown below; click here to read the full proclamation and see the special blog with daily entries for AAPI Heritage Month..  

  • Generations of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have helped develop and defend the United States, often in the face of tremendous racial and cultural prejudice...
  • Today, Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders have a profound impact on our society as leaders in all facets of American life, thriving as athletes and public servants, entrepreneurs and artists...
  • I [President Barack Obama] call upon all Americans to visit to learn more about the history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and activities.

What's happening in your neighborhood?  Go to the Chapters' Events webpage to view NAAAP chapters' and ventures' programs in one place.

Or join Macy's, NAAAP's Convention Diamond sponsor, at one of their seven in-store Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month events.  Each event will feature a performance group, author Svetlana Kim, partnership with Shiseido cosmetics, and light refreshments.  

Svetlana Kim, a featured speaker at NAAAP's Convention last year, will share her inspirational story of the power of following her dreams and crushing obstacles.  Kim is the author of White Pearl and I: A Memoir of a Political Refugee, which chronicles her journey as a fifth generation Korean- Soviet from Russia to the United States in the early 90's.  She arrived with only one dollar in her pocket and a few words of English, found her way to Macy's Union Square in San Francisco and became a makeup sales representative and later rose through the ranks as an executive in the beauty industry.  Today, Svetlana is an entrepreneur and community leader.  At the following Macy's in-store programs, Kim will describe her four secrets for living a happy and abundant life.

Chicago - State Street - Wed, May 4th at 5:30 pm
Houston - Sugar Land First Colony-  Sat, May 7 at 2 pm
San Francisco - Union Square -  Thurs, May 12th at 6 pm
Los Angeles - Westfield Santa Anita -  Sat, May 14 at 2 pm
Orange County -Irvine Spectrum -  Sun, May 15 at 2 pm
Washington D.C - Metro Center -    Thurs, May 19th at 6 pm
New York City - Flushing -  Sat, May 21 at 3 pm

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