American Heritage Month, 2002
By the President of the United States of America
Our Nation's rich cultural diversity reflects our Constitution's
core vision of freedom and justice for all. Throughout our history,
Asian/Pacific Americans have made great contributions to America's
heritage and prosperity. During this month, we proudly celebrate
Asian/Pacific Americans, one of the fastest growing ethnic groups
in the United States, for their remarkable role in our Nation's
Through the years, Asian immigrants and Pacific Islanders have
enriched the American way of life. Nobel Prize winner Dr. Subrahmanyan
Chandrasekhar's groundbreaking theories on the evolution of
stars helped lay the foundation for modern astrophysics. Actress
Anna May Wong was one of the first Asian Americans to achieve
great fame in American film. And the men of the 100th Infantry
Battalion and the 442nd Regimental Combat Team, composed primarily
of Asian/Pacific Americans, valiantly served our Nation during
World War II. These units are remembered as some of the most
highly decorated in U.S. military history.
During the observance of Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month,
we celebrate the cultural traditions, ancestry, native languages,
and unique experiences represented among the more than 30 ethnic
groups from Asia and the Pacific found here in the United States.
We also recognize millions of Asian/Pacific Americans whose
love of family, hard work, and community has helped unite us
as a people and sustain us as a Nation.
To honor the achievements of Asian/Pacific Americans, the Congress,
by Public Law 102-450, as amended, has designated the month
of May each year as "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month."
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States
of America, do hereby proclaim May 2002 as Asian/Pacific American
Heritage Month. I call upon our citizens to learn more about
the history of Asian/Pacific Americans and how they have contributed
so much to our national heritage and culture.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this first day
of May, in the year of our Lord two thousand two, and of the
Independence of the United States of America the two hundred
GEORGE W. BUSH
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