Pacific Islander Heritage Month
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President Donald J. Trump has proclaimed May 2017 as Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month.

In issuing the proclamation, Trump directs the celebration this month of the culture, tradition and history of Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders.

In 1978, the United States Congress proclaimed the observance of Asian Pacific History Week, but this was expanded to the entire month of May in 1992.

May was chosen as the period for the observance because the first Japanese immigrants arrived in United States in May 1843.

There are some 21 million Asians alone residing in the United States in 2015,

according to the Vintage 2015 Population Estimate (Table PEPSR5H).

This month, several local and national organizations will hold events to celebrate the many accomplishments and contributions of Asian Americans and Pacific islanders to  nation building.

One such organization is the Michigan chapter of the US Pinoys for Good Governance (USP4GG) which is observing Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month by setting a booth for the display of Asian books and other items of interest at the Sterling Heights Public Library.

Asian Americans composed 5.6 percent of the U.S. population, numbering about four million. This group of immigrants is considered the fastest growing segment of the population.

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Willie is a teacher at the Detroit Public School. A very popular and influential leader in the Filipino-American community in Michigan, Dechavez is the incumbent Michigan state chairperson of the National Federation of Filipino-American Associations (NaFFAA) and public relations officer of both the Filipino-American Community Council (FILAMCCO) and the Philippine American Community Center (PACCM). A native of Sorsogon, Philippines, he is also vice president of the Bicol Association of Michigan. He is recipient of numerous awards.


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