APA Heritage Month

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Campus and community will join in celebrating Asian-Pacific-American Heritage Month.

The free St. Cloud celebration, which includes presentations, displays, food and demonstrations, is 10 a.m. - noon May 7 in the Mississippi Room at the St. Cloud Public Library.

View the event flyer (PDF).

The culture, traditions and history of Asians Americans and Pacific Islanders is acknowledged each May in the United States, under a proclamation issued by President George W. Bush.

From the Filipinos who landed the region that is now Louisiana, to the Chinese who helped build the transcontinental railroad, to the Japanese who pioneered new crops and farming techniques in California's Central Valley, to the peoples who fled war-torn Southeast Asia -- the history of how and why Asians came to America is rich and varied.

The keynote presenter will be Hao Nguyen, assistant city attorney for the City of St. Cloud. Nguyen will speak about the roles education and work ethic play in building a life and advancing a career.

The 28-year-old emigrated to the United States as a child, after fleeing Vietnam and living for a time as a refugee in the Philippines. Nguyen holds a bachelor's degree from St. Cloud State and a law degree from Hamline University, St. Paul.

Mayor Dave Kleis will also share remarks.

The event is sponsored by these St. Cloud State organizations: Multicultural Resource Center, Access and Opportunity Office and Hmong Student Organization.

Community sponsors include the Multicultural Center of Central Minnesota, City of St. Cloud, St. Cloud chapter of the National Asian Pacific American Women's Forum, W-isms LLP and the Council of Asian Pacific Minnesotans.

For more information, contact Susie Osaki Holm at 320-420-1839.


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