R 251
2021 -- H 6333
Enacted 05/12/2021

H O U S E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Representatives Fenton-Fung, Shekarchi, Blazejewski, Phillips, Slater, Biah, Casimiro, Alzate, Vella-Wilkinson, and Filippi

Date Introduced: May 12, 2021

     WHEREAS, In 1978, a Joint Congressional Resolution established the first ten days of
May as Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. These particular days were chosen because they
coincide with the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants in May of 1843, and
the contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad which was
completed in May of 1869; and
     WHEREAS, In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month-long celebration
known as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month, and in 2021, President Biden
issued a Proclamation declaring May as "Asian American and Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander
Heritage Month"; and
     WHEREAS, In 2019, the number of Asian-American residents in the United States was
22.9 million, with more than 54 percent holding a Bachelor's degree or higher level of education,
and an estimated 577,835 Asian-owned employer firms. In addition, Asian Americans
encompassed more than 2.5 percent of America's military veterans; and
     WHEREAS, There are 1.6 million Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders as of
2019, and the percentage of Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islanders who were military
veterans in 2019 was 7.2 percent. More than twenty-three percent hold a Bachelor's degree or
higher and 6,653 own employer firms; and
     WHEREAS, The Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander work force can
be found in numerous fields including professional, scientific and technical services, as well as
teaching, financial management, engineering, nursing, health care, medicine, social assistance,
retail, construction, and repair and maintenance; and
     WHEREAS, Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders have added to the
diversity, strength and vibrancy of our state through their culture, language, and religion and it is
fitting and vital to honor and acknowledge their invaluable contributions; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this House of Representatives of the State of Rhode Island hereby
proclaims May of 2021, as "Asian American, Native Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander Heritage
Month" and urges all Rhode Islanders to learn more about the history of Asian Americans, Native
Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders, and to observe this month with appropriate programs and
activities; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit duly certified copies of this resolution to the Rhode Island Association of Chinese
Americans, the South Asian Student Organization at the University of Rhode Island, the Brown
University Korean-American Student Association, the Center for Southeast Asians, the Filipino-
American Association of Newport County, Inc., H.O.P.E Foundation International, the India
Association of Rhode Island, the Alliance of Rhode Island Southeast Asians for Education
(ARISE), and Providence Youth Student Movement for Justice & Love (PrYSM).