For Immediate Release - May 11, 2012


BOSTON – Thursday, May 10, 2012 – Governor Deval Patrick today proclaimed the month of May to be Asian Pacific Heritage Month during a celebration in the State House. Governor Patrick was joined by members of the Governor’s Asian American Commission, elected officials and members of the Asian Pacific American community.

Asian American Heritage Month
Governor Patrick with members of the Governor’s Asian American Commission. (Photo credit: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office). View additional photos.

“Asian Pacific Heritage Month recognizes Massachusetts' rich history of diversity," said Governor Patrick. "As we celebrate our differences, it is important that we turn to each other and recognize that these differences make a stronger, and more vibrant Commonwealth.”

“Throughout the month of May, there are events occurring across the state to celebrate Asian Pacific Heritage Month,” said Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray. “As we should do throughout the entire year, it is also an opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate all of the diverse cultures that make our Commonwealth so great.”

During the Patrick-Murray Administration’s first term, Governor Patrick created the Governor’s Asian American Commission charged with keeping the Administration apprised of issues and concerns relating to the Asian American community. Currently, more than 300,000 Asian Pacific Americans have made Massachusetts their home, representing many nations and ethnicities.

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