On Thursday, May 10, Governor Deval Patrick proclaimed the month of May to be Asian Pacific Heritage Month during a celebration at 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 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 which is charged with keeping the Administration up-to-date on the issues and concerns of the Asian American community. Currently, more than 300,000 Asian Pacific Americans call Massachusetts their home, representing many nations and ethnicities.