Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month
Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

The state of Michigan will celebrate Asian Pacific American (APA) Heritage Month in May, this year.

The annual celebration will be highlighted by a program that will be held on May 14 at 2 p.m.-5 p.m. at the Capitol Rotunda in Lansing.

The Michigan Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission (MAPAAC), the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, State Senator Hoon-Yung Hopgood and State Representative Sam Singh will be jointly hosting the event.

MAPAAC, which is headed by Chairperson Sook Wilkinson, said that during the event, Michigan will celebrate the culture, tradition, history and accomplishments of APAs in the United States, particularly those  in the state.

The celebration will be followed by the inaugural presentation of the MAPAAC Champions Awards which will honor “distinguished heroes in the APA community for their contributions, leadership and service to our community.”

Filipino-American community leader Willie Dechavez, MAPAAC commissioner and event committee chairperson, said MAPAAC has invited Kiran Ahuja, executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, as the guest speaker at the event.

Dechavez also said Roop Raj, Fox Channel 2 reporter, will be the master of ceremonies.