In 1978, a joint congressional resolution established Asian/Pacific American Heritage Week. The first 10 days of May were chosen to coincide with two important milestones in Asian/Pacific American history: the arrival in the United States of the first Japanese immigrants (May 7, 1843) and contributions of Chinese workers to the building of the transcontinental railroad, completed May 10, 1869. In 1992, Congress expanded the observance to a month long celebration. Who are these citizens whose cultures and traditions represent countries, villages and towns thousands of miles from America? And is there any truth to the “Model Minority” myth to describe Asians from very diverse racial and religious backgrounds? Today we will interview Rev. Cheng Imm Tan, a leading voice in a metropolitan region where global diversity meets the Asian community each and every day.
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