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Asian & Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Release Date: 2019-05-29

Dear Friends,
May is Asian and Pacific Islander American (APIA) Heritage Month. All month long, schools, families, libraries, art galleries, and so many other organizations and people celebrate the culture, tradition, and history of APIA people, as well as pay tribute to the generations who have enriched America's history and who are instrumental in our country's future success.

The history of North America has been greatly shaped by immigrants from Asia and the Pacific, including native people of the Pacific Islands. Some of the earliest immigrants arrived from China, Japan, India, and Korea. Immigration reform contributed to bringing more groups to the United States from Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, and other South and Central Asian countries. Many of these stories are preserved and interpreted in parks, museums, trails and historic sites around our country.

In Long Beach, the APIA community represents more than 60,000 residents of the city's population. A current, top priority is the need to collect disaggregated data about the many different demographics within the APIA community. It is imperative that we understand the diversity among these community groups, so we can better address issues around healthcare, education, employment, and much more. We must work harder to better serve our diverse Asian and Pacific Islander American communities.

This Thursday, May 30, 2019, the APIA Professional Network is hosting an APIA Heritage Month Celebration at the Pacific Islander Ethnic Art Museum located at 695 Alamitos Ave. There will be food, art, and entertainment. Free parking is available at the Museum of Latin American Art parking lot.

My staff and I work hard daily to ensure that the First District is a fun and safe place to live, work and play. If you need any assistance, please contact my office at 562-570-6919 or District1@longbeach.gov.

All my best,

LENA GONZALEZ
Councilwoman, First District
City of Long Beach