At the start of May each year, the President of the United States issues a Proclamation officially declaring Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders month. The proclamation not only explains the significant role each community has played in American History, but also what struggles the community is currently facing and how the current administration plans to address them. Below is a link to the 2023 Proclamation by President Biden, and a link to the first Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander's month proclamation given by President Jimmy Carter in 1979, when it was still set at a week.
The title of Asian American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islanders is very wide encompassing, and has been criticized by members of each community for not accurately representing these different identities. Some of the criticism comes from the lumping together of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, particularly in regards to Census Data; Breaking up the terms in the Census would allow for more comprehensive data gathering and better statistical representation for both communities. This guide recognizes that there are many different feelings on this subject, and would like to provide some educational resources on the issue, which you can find below.
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