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2014 APIO Factsheet

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May is "Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month"

This year's theme is "Building Leadership: Embracing Cultural Values and Inclusion."

Initially, the week beginning May 4, 1979, was designated as "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week." In 1990, the week-long celebration was extended to a month-long celebration designating the month of May as "Asian/Pacific American Heritage Month." The month of May was chosen to commemorate the immigration of the first Japanese people to the U.S. on May 7, 1843 and to mark the anniversary of the completion of the transcontinental railroad by many Chinese laborers on May 10, 1869.

Because of the two important anniversaries mentioned earlier, many people today assume the Chinese or the Japanese were the first Asian Americans to set foot on American soil; however, the first Asian Americans were Filipino men.  In 1763, they fled mistreatment aboard Spanish ships, settled in Saint Malo, Louisiana, and married Cajun and Native American women.  Fifteen years later in 1778, Chinese sailors settled in Hawaii and married Hawaiian women.  When Hawaii and the Philippines became U.S. territories in 1898, residents who were mostly Asians received U.S. citizenship.  Later in the mid-19th century, Chinese and Japanese immigrated into the U.S.

Asian Americans are Americans of Asian descent having origins in any of the Far East, Southeast Asia, or the Indian subcontinent, including Chinese, Filipino, Indian, Vietnamese, Korean, and Japanese.  According to the 2010 Census, Asian Americans comprise 5.6% (17,320,856) of the U.S. population and grew 46% faster than any other racial group between 2000 and 2010.  Census projections expect the number to increase to more than 40 million by 2050.

Pacific Islander are Americans who have ancestry in Polynesia (including Hawaii, American Samoa, New Zealand), Melanesia (including Fiji Island, New Guinea), and Micronesia (including Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Marshall Islands, Palau).  According to the 2010 Census, Pacific Islanders make up .40% (1,225,195) of the U.S. population and grew 40% faster than any other racial group between 2000 and 2010.  Census projections expect the number to increase to more than 2.6 million by 2050.

The month of May is designated as a time to recognize, appreciate, and celebrate all the contributions of our Asian and Pacific Islander Americans.  Please take the opportunity this month to celebrate and learn more about the culture and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders who have helped fulfill the promise of the American dream.

Source:  Dept. of Defense Education Activity:  http://www.dodea.edu/dodeaCelebrates/AsianAmericanHM/2013.cfm

AAPI Month Presentation

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NRCS Translated Information Needed

Hi folks,


I thought I'd reach out and ask:


In Minnesota we're seeing our numbers of Hmong producers increasing, interest in programs rising and farmers wanting to sign up for practices like Seasonal High Tunnels and Rotational Grazing among others. However, we have is lack of program material that is translated in Hmong. These items include: Application, Appendix, AGI, job sheets, practice standards, etc.


Do you offer translated material in your state? If so, what steps did you take to get that material translated? Any recommendations or thoughts you can send my way are greatly appreciated.


Currently, producers are working with interpreters, however we find that lacking application materials written in their language is holding back many from applying for the program.


Again, any feedback is appreciated.





Sangeetha Gummadi

Soil Conservationist

MN Asian American/Pacific Islander

Special Emphasis Program Manager


Wright County NRCS

311 Brighton Ave. Buffalo, MN 55313



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